Bugatti’s new 1,577 HP Mistral is a lightning farewell to the W16 – Robb Report

A front 3/4 view of the Bugatti Mistral roadster

Bugatti says goodbye to its W16 engine in style.

The French brand unveiled its latest hypercar on Friday: the Mistral roadster. The open top speed machine is based on the Chiron and will be the last road model from the brand with the muscular reel that has been a feature of its range since the introduction of the Veyron in 2005.

The Mistral may be the first roadster of the Chiron era, but Bugatti has been building roofless models from the start. In fact, 40 percent of the vehicles the automaker has produced in the past 113 years have open-top designs. However, turning the company’s current-generation hypercar into a roadster wasn’t as easy as chopping the roof off. The whole body had to be redesigned and reshaped. The resulting vehicle has a more rounded silhouette than its predecessors, which should improve performance.

The Bugatti Mistral roadster from the side

Bugatti Mistral


Named after the powerful winds that blow through the Rhone valley, the new model’s design was heavily inspired by one of Bugatti’s greatest roadsters: the 1934 Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid. Its influence is best seen in the windscreen of the Mistral. It’s not V-shaped like the Grand Raid’s; it has a unique curved design that wraps around the A-pillar creating a visor-like effect for the driver. The engine scoops behind the headrests offer another recall, this time to the first open Bugatti of the modern era, the Veyron roadster. The custom vertically stacked headlamps are all new, while the X-shaped taillight motif is a more refined version of the Bolide only seen on the track. The Mistral debuts in a warm black with hints of truffle brown and subtle yellow accents, but as with other Bugattis, buyers have an almost limitless color palette to choose from.

Inside, the roadster doesn’t look radically different from other Chirons. The driver-focused cab is made from the same high-quality materials – stain-free leather, lightweight titanium and aluminum machined from a single block – but offers a few new details. These include woven leather door panels and an amber insert in the gear lever that houses Rembrandt Bugatti’s famous ‘dancing elephant’ sculpture.

In the Bugatti Mistral roadsterIn the Bugatti Mistral roadster


Powering the Mistral is the final version of the company’s W16 engine. It’s the same 8.0-liter mill found in the Chiron Super Sport 300+, which can pump out a hair-raising 1,577 horsepower. Thanks to this, the Mistral promises to deliver performance that few other open-top cars can match. Bugatti also does nothing to keep expectations in check. The brand says its goal is for the car to be crowned the world’s fastest roadster.

“In the Chiron era, there had been no roadster to date, so the introduction of W16 Mistral continues this legacy, driven by the huge demand from our customers for an entirely new way to experience the mighty performance of our iconic engine” Bugatti CEO Mate Rimac said in a statement. “The W16 Mistral opens the next chapter in the Bugatti roadster story, inspired by more than a century of open top legends.”

The Bugatti Mistral roadster at sunsetThe Bugatti Mistral roadster at sunset


In typical Bugatti fashion, the Mistral carries a sky-high price tag of around $5 million. Only 99 copies will be built, all of which have already been discussed, according to the brand. Don’t worry though. We have a feeling it won’t be long before people enter the secondary market. A build slot may even be up for grabs. It’s happened before.

Click here to see all the photos of the Bugatti Mistral roadster.

The Bugatti Mistral Roadster in picturesThe Bugatti Mistral Roadster in pictures


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