While in the thrilling Saudi capital, W16 Mistral’s first stop was the King Abdullah Financial District, an area of towering buildings structured around a natural green riverbed, known in Arabic as a ‘wadi’. The surroundings perfectly embody the philosophy of the W16 Mistral where the past meets the future; the ‘X’-shaped taillights hint at the future of Bugatti design, while the black and yellow-themed interior pay homage to the favored colors of the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti.
From the modern metropolis to the elegant setting of the Ritz Carlton Riyadh, the W16 Mistral explored the many identities of the city. The hotel’s ochre facades and verdant gardens, filled with ancient olive trees from Lebanon, provided a perfect backdrop – reminiscent of grand Arabian residences – for the timeless elegance of the W16 Mistral. This elegant roadster introduces an entirely new vision for Bugatti design, led by a new wider, deeper, and more three-dimensional horseshoe grille, as well as a completely reinterpreted open-air Bugatti C-line, which wraps around the side air intake. It now connects to the top edge of the side windows and then three-dimensionally transforms across the top edge of the windscreen.
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