The 1,600-hp Bugatti Mistral Roadster

The 1,600-hp Bugatti Mistral Roadster is the company's last W-16-powered road vehicle.

This is the new Mistral from Bugatti. It is one of the most expensive convertibles ever produced, and it may be the fastest convertible ever produced. It is also the final performance for Bugatti's legendary W16 engine. The new Mistral is Bugatti's most exciting model in years. Why? It is the first convertible made by the hypercar company in ten years, and it has the most powerful version of the company's famous W16 engine. It will also be the last Bugatti road car to be powered by this iconic engine, as all future Bugatti road cars will be hybrids...

The Mistral is a compilation of Bugatti's greatest hits from the last ten years. The front bumper and side profile come from the Divo, but the Bolide is the only one with huge X-shaped taillights. Bugatti could have created the Mistral by removing the roof from a Chiron's carbon-fiber monocoque. Carbon fiber is so strong that you don't need to add a lot of bracing, unlike when constructing a convertible from steel or aluminum. But it would have been too simple... Instead, Bugatti redesigned whole parts of the car's carbon-fiber monocoque to make sure the Mistral's shape was "just right." Similar to the Chiron Super Sport 300+, the Mistral's 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine produces 1,600hp and 1,600Nm of torque.

All of this is transmitted to all four wheels via the identical 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive system as that automobile. What about performance, then? Bugatti has been similarly secretive about this matter. But the company says the Mistral will be the fastest roadster they've ever made. The Mistral press release contains a cryptic statement that the interior was designed so that "all information is easily visible at speeds up to 420 km/h." If you don't feel like doing the math, that's 261 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster, which came out a day before the Mistral, is said to be able to go faster than 300 mph.

However, let's put speed aside for a moment and discuss exclusivity. Isn't that Bugatti's true selling point? Well, Bugatti will only produce 99 Mistrals, but that's not unusual for a Bugatti; it only produced 60 Pur Sports, 40 Divos, 30 Super Sport 300+, 10 Centodiecis, and one Voiture Noire. Hennessey, on the other hand, will only make 30 Venom F5 Roadsters, which makes this car three times as rare as the Mistral. Despite all this, the Mistral offers one thing that is unavailable elsewhere: That is the last W16 engine without a hybrid system to be put in a road vehicle.

And you can't measure that, can you? Jokingly, of course you can. The price of the new Bugatti Mistral is £4.2 million before taxes. As is the case with all Bugatti special editions, the entire production run has sold out.