The Last of Its Kind: Bugatti’s W16 Mistral Roadster

March 19, 2024 2:30 AM

By: MPH Team

The open-top Bugatti W16 Mistral roadster, named after a capricious wind that sweeps through Southern France is the last of its kind – marking the poignant end of Bugatti’s iconic powertrain. Beautifully harmonizing elements from nature and drawing inspiration from the circle of life, the Mistral encapsulates Bugatti's century-long drive to push the limits of hypercar performance.


Nestled within the sleek contours of the W16 Mistral is the menacing 8.0L Quad-Turbo W16 engine, composed of 3,500 individual parts meticulously assembled by hand. This feat of engineering delivers an astonishing 1,578 horsepower - the same output as the Chiron Super Sport 300+.


Despite its nearly 2-ton curb weight, the Mistral sprints from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds and asserts its dominance in the hypercar realm with a top speed of 261mph. Limited to just 99 delicately crafted units and a price tag of $5 million, the Mistral has rapidly become a sought-after collectible, with all units sold out ahead of its 2024 delivery schedule.







The W16 Mistral carves a unique identity within the Chiron family with its distinctive bodywork, establishing a bold new direction in Bugatti's design odyssey. Unlike its cousin the Chiron, the Mistral paves its own path with its radical front-end design and a blend of tradition and modernity, reflecting the exclusive charm of the Bugatti Divo and La Voiture Noire. This hypercar reimagines the concept of open-top driving by introducing a temporary clip-in panel instead of a fixed roof, embodying the spirit of roadster freedom.



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In its pursuit of combining form with function, each element of the Mistral is crafted for beauty and performance enhancement. The vehicle's design features striking ‘X-shaped’ LED tail lights that do more than captivate; they play a crucial role in enhancing cooling efficiency. Similarly, the innovative vertical LED headlights are not just visually stunning; they also reduce aerodynamic drag, ensuring the Mistral slices through the air with ease, much like the wind it's named after.



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The car's fender-mounted lights and the iconic horseshoe grille amplify its road presence, while the design team's commitment to rigidity and lightweight construction ensures that the Mistral's driving dynamics mirror those of the Chiron. Employing advanced lightweight composite materials and intricate structural designs, the Mistral achieves a balance of minimal mass and increased chassis rigidity. This meticulous attention to detail extends to the doors, which are engineered to absorb significant energy in a side-impact scenario, ensuring the utmost safety for occupants.






Inside, the Mistral pays homage to Bugatti's rich artistic heritage, with a gear shift that features a tribute to Rembrandt Bugatti's "Dancing Elephant" sculpture — which rests beautifully in amber encasing.



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The handcrafted interior, adorned with a blend of dark brown, pale driftwood, and vivid yellow, pays respect to Bugatti's past while embracing a modern and more technical look. The door panels feature a unique hand woven leather pattern, underscoring the meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into every aspect of the vehicle.






Designed with the spirit of adventure in mind, the W16 Mistral embodies the elegance and victory of Bugatti's storied Type 57 Grand Raid Usine, combining tantalizing curves with art deco artistry. It offers the ultimate open-air driving experience, echoing the freedom and elegance of the Mistral wind itself.



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For over a century, Bugatti has captivated the world with some of the most exquisite roadsters, with Jean Bugatti leading the helm on several of these timeless models from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s. With models like the Type 40 A, the Type 41 Roadster Esders, and the iconic Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Gangloff, Bugatti's open-top automobiles have been the epitome of luxury and perfection, produced in limited quantities.






The W16 Mistral represents the pinnacle of this illustrious legacy, marking a significant moment as Bugatti's first roadster since the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse in 2012 and the last to feature the legendary W16 engine. Engineered under the visionary Ferdinand Piëch, the W16 engine symbolized unrivaled power in homologated street-legal vehicles, setting benchmarks that the Veyron and Chiron spectacularly achieved.





As Bugatti prepares to embrace an electric future under Rimac's stewardship, the W16 Mistral represents a vivid homage to the golden age of combustion engines, while signaling a new era for EV hypercars. 

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