Invited customers and media across the Arabian Peninsula have had the opportunity to witness the timeless beauty of the W16 Mistral, including at a launch event held at the Waldorf Astoria in Dubai. As the final road-going appearance of the W16 engine that has defined every Bugatti since the 2005 Veyron, it is an important part of the brand’s history. Also, the presence of the W16 Mistral in Dubai on display inside the Bugatti UAE showroom, operated by Al Habtoor Motors, underscores the importance of the region. Al Habtoor Motors has maintained and sold these cars on behalf of Bugatti since 2006, and was awarded the Bugatti Service Partner of Excellence status in 2013.
Kostas Psarris, Regional Director, Middle East and Asia, Bugatti, said: “The Arabian Peninsula is one of Bugatti’s key sales markets, accounting for almost a quarter of all orders received for the Chiron. The UAE has Bugatti also has the largest Veyron fleet in the world, with more than 50 vehicles in the country. The enthusiasm for Molsheim’s hyper sports cars in the Middle East, including for our ultimate roadster, the W16 Mistral, is phenomenal.”
While in the UAE, the W16 Mistral headed to the BEEAH Group headquarters in Sharjah, an iconic building designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid to represent sand dunes. As one of the Middle East’s sustainability pioneers, BEEAH Group’s headquarters is a model for the offices of the future, designed to be one of the world’s most intelligent, sustainable buildings. The mound-shaped landmark shares a vision with the elegant and purposeful design of the W16 Mistral.
In Bugatti’s fastest roadster ever, aerodynamics and thermodynamics have been carefully balanced to deliver a car capable of incredible speed while still maintaining the elegance and timelessness of the design. keep The headlights, for example, are complex in shape, with a three-dimensional surface that acts as an aerodynamic aid to channel air through the lights and out through the wheel arches to improve aerodynamic drag. It is the product of a philosophy known within Bugatti as ‘form follows performance’.
Built around the ultimate 1,600 PS incarnation of the W16 engine, the W16 Mistral delivers performance unlike any open-top car that has gone before. It is fully customizable in its design and engineering. The current monocoque has not only been chopped off the top of the A-pillars to make way for the new open-top design, but has been re-engineered and reshaped to create a more rounded silhouette without compromising on performance.
Just 99 examples of the W16 Mistral will be built, priced at 5 million euros net, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2024. The entire production run of the W16 Mistral has already been sold.