Mate Rimac, Bugatti Rimac CEO, said: “For the final roadgoing appearance of Bugatti’s legendary W16 engine, we knew we had to create a roadster. Well over 40% of all Bugatti vehicles ever created have been open-top in design, establishing a long lineage of performance icons that – to this day – are revered the world over. In the Chiron1 era there had, to-date, been no roadster, so the introduction of W16 Mistral2 continues this legacy, driven by enormous demand from our clients for an all-new way to experience the mighty performance of our iconic engine. The W16 Mistral opens the next chapter in the Bugatti roadster story, inspired by over a century of open top legends.” That goes to show how much has gone into this Bugatti W16 Mistral, a limited-number car that has to be the best way Bugatti has ever wrapped up its iconic quad-turbocharged W16 powerplant. The point of the car is to be a final farewell to what is arguably the most amazing internal combustion engine we’ve ever seen in production – or ever will again thanks to the electric future. All the other cars that are powered by this engine all look quite similar in design, and so this one is quite different. It’s sleeker, almost tighter, and manages to look like it’s doing 200 km/h while parked.
The Bugatti W16 Mistral was quite literally built around that massive powerplant which is why major services on these cars cost as much as a 2023 Nissan Z. That’s an exaggeration, but I’m sure someone will check the numbers and comment on it. As said, it looks fast standing still, and that’s likely where the name came from – the Mistral takes its name from a powerful wind that blows from the Rhône River valley, through the 1%-er towns of the Côte d’Azur in southern France and into the Mediterranean. The W16 Mistral uses the same engine setup as the Chiron Super Sport 300+3 and so there’s a full 1 600 hp on tap and a top speed upwards of 420 km/h. Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti Design Director, said: “We know the W16 Mistral will always have significance in the story of Bugatti, marking the last time that perhaps the greatest ever automotive powertrain is used in a roadgoing production car. We, as a design team, felt enormous pressure to deliver styling that immediately conveyed this landmark moment, drawing inspiration from some of the most beautiful roadsters in Bugatti history.”
Only 99 examples of the Bugatti W16 Mistral are destined for production and they're set to have a price tag of around R100 000 000 - One hundred million, and that's just a direct conversion and doesn't include shipping taxes and bribes at the border. Not that it matters in the slightest because as you'd expect when only 99 models of what's set to be an iconic car are set for production - they're all already sold out and production is only set to start in 2024. There are more bazillionaires on the planet than we realise.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off all the good parts (not that there are any bad, besides the price tag) of the limited number Bugatti Mistral. It's one of the most amazing pieces of automotive art ever created, but judge for yourself: New $5M Bugatti Mistral Roadster! | Supercar Blondie
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