Signifying an end of an era, Bugatti is waving goodbye to its “legendary” W16 engine, with the hypercar manufacturer revealing the “ultimate” roadster, the Mistral …

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“For the final roadgoing appearance of Bugatti’s legendary W16 engine, we knew we had to create a roadster,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti Rimac. “Well over 40 per cent 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,” Rimac added.

“The union of a roadster format and our W16 powertrain is absolute perfection”

“The introduction of W16 Mistral continues this legacy … The W16 Mistral opens the next chapter in the Bugatti roadster story, inspired by over a century of open top legends.”

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“The union of a roadster format and our W16 powertrain is absolute perfection. With the roof removed, and a pair of large air intakes directly behind your head feeding around 70 000 litres of air through the engine every minute at full bore, driving the W16 Mistral connects you to the intricate workings of this revolutionary powertrain like no other Bugatti to date.” Bugatti says the Mistral offers performance unlike any open-top car ever created. 

“For a car as evocative and important as this, great consideration went into the badge it should wear … the roadster needed a name associated with freedom, elegance and speed,” said the company. The inspiration for this Bugatti’s name came from the mistral, a mighty wind that blows from the Rhône River valley, through the towns of the Côte d’Azur in southern France and into the Mediterranean. 

Only 99 examples of the Mistral will be built, each priced at €5 million, which, at the current Rand-Euro exchange rate, amounts to a whopping R85 363 500!