The writing has long been on the wall for most, if not all, players in the luxury automobile space. Electric is in, which means petrol guzzlers of yore are out. And doubly so for Bugatti, ever since the storied marque merged last year with Croatian electric vehicle (EV) startup Rimac.
Say your goodbyes to the venerated W16 powerplant, which first debuted with the ridiculously speedy Veyron in 2005 to widespread appreciation from well-heeled gearheads. After all, it’s not often that you’d find a two-door capable of roaring down the asphalt at 407kmh.
The engine went on to feature in many an iconic Bugatti build, including the likes of the Chiron and Bolide. It has achieved legendary status, which is why the brand decided to send it off in style. Meet the W16 Mistral Roadster, an open-top tribute to a magnificent engine.