Bugatti Mistral is the open transmission of the legendary W-16 racing

The W-16 Bugatti will be out soon. The only unit of its kind, this 8-liter quad-turbo unit has powered every 21st century Bugatti, from the original Veyron to the Chiron Super Sport 300+, generating a whopping 1,578 horsepower. Even Bugatti isn’t immune to emissions regulations and the need for electricity, so the awesome W-16 just goes away, but not without a proper celebration. This is Mistral, a Chiron convertible, providing the final home for the W-16.

“For the final appearance of Bugatti’s legendary W-16 engine, we knew we had to create a roadster,” Bugatti Rimac CEO Matt Rimac said in a statement. “More than 40 percent of all Bugatti cars ever built have been open-top design, creating a long line of performance icons that – to this day – are respected around the world.”

Mistral uses a new carbon-fiber monocoque based on Chiron’s, however the company notes that it’s not just a Chiron dock with a large hatch cut out where the roof would be. This new chassis allowed Bugatti designers to give the Mistral a look that was very distinct from the Chiron. Its engine is shared with the Super Sport 300+, and as with all 16-cylinder Bugattis, it powers all four wheels via a dual-clutch transmission.

The primary design inspiration was the Type 57 “Grand Raid” Roadster designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son Jane. The Grand Raid’s distinctive V-shaped windshield inspired the Mistral’s low profile, while the car’s black over yellow is inspired by a specific example of the car.


The engine breathes through two vents above the headrests. These intakes act as rollover protection, as the carbon fiber trim is able to support the vehicle’s weight. At the rear, the X-shaped taillight design first seen on the Bolide here has been modified, giving the Mistral a distinctive look while providing plenty of ventilation for the massive heat from the powertrain.

Inside, the interior is very similar to the Chiron, although there are some new details including quilted leather on the door panels, and a recreation of Rembrandt Bugatti’s famous elephant figurine inside the transmission. Naturally, the customization will be almost limitless.

Bugatti plans to build 99 Mistral models, priced at €5 million (about $5.1 million at the time of writing). Naturally, all the cars were sold out, and when production ends, so will the car’s 16-cylinder engine. Oh farewell.

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