The swan song
The Geneva Motor Show was declared dead last week. For the presentation of extraordinary novelties, however, two events have come to the fore in recent years that have nothing at all to do with classic car fairs: The Festival of Speed in Goodwood and all the events around the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, which will then take place on Sunday. This year, more than ever, the classic car week on the Monterey Peninsula is the highlight of the car year.
One of the highlights among all these highlights is certainly the Bugatti Mistral. Bugatti will still build 99 examples of this roadster based on the Chiron, at a unit price of exactly 5 million euros; of course, all of them have already been sold. Underneath the beautiful bodywork, everything remains the same: 8 litres of displacement, 16 cylinders, 1600 hp. In about 2.5 seconds, the Bugatti storms to 100, with a top speed of 420 km/h, it wants to become the fastest open-top production car in the world.
But it is also a swan song: The Mistral will be the last Bugatti with the 16-cylinder engine. It not only means the end of purely thermal engines at Bugatti, but also the end of production in Molsheim. Since last year, Bugatti has belonged to a complicated company construct under the leadership of Rimac and Porsche, and future Bugattis will probably come from Croatia. And in all likelihood they will be purely electric from around 2026.
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