Bugatti has unveiled what the French automaker hopes will be the world’s fastest convertible. The 1,600-horsepower, $5 million W16 Mistral is, essentially, an open-topped version of the Bugatti Chiron supercar, though there are major design differences.
INSPIRED BY A LEGENDARY WIND
ONE WITH THE WIND
Powerful. Elegant. A force of nature like no other. The Mistral is a one-of-a-kind wind that heralds the new seasons in southern France, stirring awe in all who experience it. A sublime inspiration, for the ultimate Roadster.
The W16 MISTRAL embodies this and the spirit of BUGATTI, offering freedom, elegance, and speed with the incredible power of the iconic W16 engine. It’s time to become one with the elements.
A FLASH OF YELLOW
against sleek black and silver show the beauty of every detail – just one of several contrasting colours available.
TWO ENGINE AIR SCOOPS
showcase the unique sound experience of the W16 at its very best. The roof mounted air intakes were designed as a nod to the Grand Raid by Gangloff, as well as the predecessor of the modern era: the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport.
THE HANDCRAFTED INTERIOR
is adorned with an incredible blend of dark brown, pale driftwood and bright yellow. The design pays homage to vintage models, whilst retaining a stylish and technical look.
and technical mastery are found in every detail, even in the door panels, which feature a handwoven leather pattern – unique to the W16 MISTRAL.
ART, FORME AND TECHNIQUE
are spectacularly aligned throughout the W16 MISTRAL, with one of Rembrandt Bugatti’s greatest works, the Dancing Elephant , sculpted into the gearshift.
THE GRAND RAID MEETS THE W16 MISTRAL
The W16 MISTRAL has been designed with adventure in mind. With a style that pays homage to one of BUGATTI’s champion models, the Type 57 Grand Raid . Taken from the French term to ‘rally through inhospitable terrain’, the Grand Raid was deliberately named to conjure images of victory and exploration.
Driving to victory in the 1935 Chavigny Hill Climb, the model stood out for its spectacular performance and endurance, as well as its astonishing beauty. Defined by clean, curved lines and striking rounded angles, the Grand Raid was an organic blend of art deco artistry and embodied the pinnacle of elegant design. The W16 MISTRAL represents the same design elements as its predecessor, in a model built for total, unbridled freedom to discover.
BLACK AND YELLOW: A TIMELESS COMBINATION
From the very beginning Ettore Bugatti wanted to build cars stripped down to their essence: the pure joy of driving, Les Pur-Sang des Automobiles . And where can one enjoy driving better than in an open top car? Feel the wind, feel the speed, sense acceleration and braking throughout your body. Ettore Bugatti was also known for his eccentricities. He was a pragmatist but a perfectionist, always wanting to stand out. Similarly, he wanted the BUGATTI brand to be distinct. This artistic flair could be seen in his clothes as well as in colours he chose for his personal cars.
While his race cars and most of the BUGATTI touring cars carried different shades of blue, his own cars were predominantly black with bright yellow highlights. With the last of its kind, the W16 MISTRAL, BUGATTI wants to honour Ettore Bugatti’s uniqueness and present its new roadster in black and yellow, using the bright yellow to emphasize the lines and proportions of this hyper sports car in the same way as Ettore did it with his personal cars.