The End Of An Era: Bugatti W16 Mistral

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It’s time to bid farewell to the ICEs( Internal Combustion Engines) of this world, Naturally, Bugatti wanted to do their part. Even though The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport and its sublime 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 was a part of the last ICE cars from Bugatti, however, they wanted to do something even more special to end this power plant.

The bidding farewell part is where the Mistral comes in. With a beguiling drop-top, the Mistral is based on the Chiron but has been altered enough to appear as though it’s a completely new model. One of Bugatti’s lofty goals with this car is for it to become the fastest roadster in the world while simultaneously saying goodbye to the incredible 16-cylinder engine that has powered all modern Bugattis.

A Record-Breaking Marvel

Exclusivity – Bugatti are experts in making their customers feel out of the ordinary, exquisite, and grand, the mistral carries this forth, with its release date set for 2024, a mere 99 examples will be produced and all have already been accounted for.
The price of the Bugatti W16 Mistral is said to be AED 1,341,463 which works out to be nearly $5 million.

The Engine

An Absolute Powerhouse

The Mistral’s engine and its specs need no introduction, but let’s do one anyway. Dating back to the record-breaking Veyron, the 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 found in the Mistral comes from the Chiron Super Sport 300+. In this incarnation, it produces a whopping 1,578 hp. The Mistral is expected to get close to 300 mph as its top speed.

Performance specs

  • Engine – 8.0L Quad-Turbo W16 Gas
  • Horsepower – 1578 hp
  • Torque – 1,180 lb-ft
  • Transmission – 7-Speed DSG
  • Drivetrain – All-Wheel Drive
Performance At Its Peak

This legendary W16 is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and power is directed to all four corners.

With 70,000 liters of air being fed through the engine every minute (at full bore) via air intakes behind the headrests, Bugatti says that the W16 Mistral provides an even more engaging connection between the driver and this engine.

Exterior and Design

 Reeks of Affluence.

The lighting signature at the back is equally dazzling, and the Bugatti lettering itself is also lit up in red. This design was inspired by the Bolide’s X-theme taillight motif, and it also serves to help improve the engine’s cooling circuit.

The Bugatti W16 Mistral’s exterior design is much more than a Chiron with its roof chopped off. In typical Bugatti fashion, the car has bucketloads of presence.

Drawing inspiration from many groundbreaking Bugattis that have come before it, that includes the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid and the much more recent Divo. The Mistral comes with a curved windscreen that seamlessly connects with the side windows and two roof-mounted engine air scoops.

Giving the car an arresting front fascia, the front horseshoe grille is complemented by four rows of LED daytime running lamps on each side. The four-light signature with each defined row is a link to the four turbochargers and the four driven wheels.

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The removable roof panel will need to be stored somewhere other than in the car when one decides to go topless. A bit further back are the new ram induction air scoops behind the headrests that provide protection in the event of a rollover.

The Mistral convertible debuted in warm black with Truffle Brown and yellow accents. This pays homage to Ettore Bugatti, who often chose such combinations for his personal cars, including his Type 41 Royale. The brake calipers will be available in several contrasting colors and the exterior will be left for each buyer to specify


No Traditional Central Infotainment Display.

The W-16 Mistral shares a lot of similarities with the Chiron. This particular interior features a similar dual-cockpit layout – with the sculpted dash helping to define clear zones for the driver and passenger – and stacked controls in the center section. Like the Chiron, we don’t see a central Infotainment system here.

The interior has been given a great deal of thought with carefully chosen materials such as aluminum and titanium. The seats are upholstered in blemish-free leather which gives an extra touch of splendidness inside an already magnificent car.

Dancing Elephant

The gear shifter in the Mistral itself is awe-inspiring. It’s a work of art, machined from a solid block of aluminum with a touch of wood and an amber insert. This insert includes a sculpture of Rembrandt Bugatti’s ‘Dancing Elephant‘.

The interior colors of the Bugatti W16 Mistral are as flamboyant as we expected, here it features a vivid yellow interior contrasted with black and dark brown, as a tribute to vintage models. The door panels feature a handwoven leather pattern that you’ll only find on the W16 Mistral. All 99 customers will be able to customize the interior to their heart’s content.

A Proper Farewell

We Bid Adieu To The W-16

This is it. The end of an era. The Bugatti Mistral will be the last car the storied hypercar maker will ever build with the mighty quad-turbo, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine. Just 99 will be built, for an exclusive customer base to thoroughly cherish and enjoy an ICE car from Bugatti for one last time.

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