The good folks over at Bugatti have returned. The automaker is back with its final vehicle of the combustion engine era, the Bugatti W16 MISTRAL Roadster. This stunning machine will be the last to run its definitive W16 powertrain and marks the first new roadster from Bugatti in ten years. The open-top supercar is inspired by the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid. That iconic, sporty roadster featured a v-shaped windscreen and aerodynamic contours that were heavily influenced by aircraft features.
According to Bugatti, the name, the Mistral, is associated with freedom. It also draws from a powerful wind that blows from the Rhône River valley through the towns of Côte d’Azur in southern France. Bugatti Rimac CEO Mate Rimac spoke further about the story behind the project. He stated: “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 reveto datered worldwide. In the Chiron 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.”
The Mistral is said to boast 1,578 BHP and will be limited to just 99 examples. Take a closer look at the latest creation from Bugatti in the images below and find out more from Bugatti’s website right now. In the meantime, for more automotive news, new rides, classic cars, and more keep it locked with The Culture Curators.
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