Bugatti W16 Mistral Roadster says goodbye to the 8.0 liter engine

Car fans and lovers of quirky tech, it’s time to shed a tear as the just-unveiled Bugatti W16 Mistral “brings the W16 era to an end”.

Like Bugatti’s recent Specials, the Mistral has a unique body, but is clearly a Chiron derivative. This last offshoot of the Chiron is also the first open roadster.

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Up front, the Mistral features a new iteration of the brand’s horseshoe-shaped grille, which is deeper, wider and more three-dimensional. The vertical stack of LED light strips gives the car a distinctive look day or night.

The windshield wraps around just enough to create a visor-like appearance, yet doesn’t distort the driver’s view.

To improve airflow into the W16, the rear side intakes are dedicated to the oil cooler, while the engine’s intake intakes are positioned behind the headrests. These carbon fiber units can support the entire weight of the car in a rollover.

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At the rear, not only do the distinctive X-shaped taillights catch the eye, but the empty space features cooling ducts to keep the W16’s temperature in check.

Named for the “mighty wind that blows from the Rhône valley through the chic cities of the French Riviera in southern France and into the Mediterranean”, the Mistral is powered by the same version of the 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 that powers the im Chiron Super Sport made its debut.

In this tuning, the 16-piston engine delivers 1,176 kW and 1,600 Nm to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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Although Bugatti has yet to release performance figures for the Mistral, the company is confident it will reclaim the crown of the world’s fastest roadster, a title once held by the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which had just 883 kW to its name and was capable of a top speed of 409 km/h.

The cabin is the clearest connection between Mistral and Chiron if you needed one. In standard form, the Mistral’s interior has been stripped largely of light-colored trim and features a black and yellow combination that references both the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid and Ettore Bugatti’s preferred interior color combination.

The Mistral features new woven leather inserts for the door panels, while the shifter is milled from a single block of aluminum and features a small wood insert and an amber insert enclosing Rembrandt Bugatti’s dancing elephant sculpture.

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Bugatti will only make 99 Mistrals, priced at €5 million ($7.2 million) each, with deliveries beginning sometime in 2024.

If you’re interested but don’t have an order in the book yet, it’s too late – the W16 Mistral is already sold out. Bugatti W16 Mistral Roadster says goodbye to the 8.0 liter engine

James Brien

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