Dubbed ‘the ultimate roadster’ by the Porsche-owned French brand, but really it’s all about celebrating the engine. Now officially known as Bugatti Rimac – due to its new joint-ownership structure between Bugatti, Croatian electric car specialist, Rimac, and Porsche – the Mistral is the farewell to the iconic W16 quad-turbocharged engine that helped reestablish the legacy of the brand.
The replacement for the Chiron (on which the Mistral is based) is set to go electric in some capacity, but Bugatti Rimac CEO, Mate Rimac, teased one more, track-only surprise.
“For the final roadgoing appearance of Bugatti’s legendary W16 engine, we knew we had to create a roadster,” Rimac said. “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. In the Chiron era there had, to-date, been no roadster, so the introduction of W16 Mistral continues this legacy, driven by enormous demand from our clients for an all-new way to experience the mighty performance of our iconic engine.