Five years after being rescued from insolvency by Frazer Nash Research, Bristol Cars has unveiled its first new model in well over a decade ahead of the 70th anniversary of the company’s foundation. The new car in question is the Bristol Bullet roadster.
The Bullet was inspired by an old speedster that the new owners discovered hidden away in the corner of the factory under a sheet of tarpaulin. The car is a modern take on the British marque’s history dating back to 1947 and using styling cues from the Bristol 405 Drophead.
“This unique speedster sets the tone for the future of Bristol Cars – with a focus on luxury, performance and elegance,” says Bristol Cars General Manager Julian Ramshaw. “The discovery of the prototype at the factory provided us with the perfect way to celebrate this incredible marque’s 70th anniversary. “Open top, highly luxurious, lightweight and full of torque, it really is the ultimate driver’s car.”
On the surface it looks like a classic, but in fact the Bullet has been built with contemporary features that bring together the bygone era styling with up to date technology, you could say it is somewhat of a Resto-Mod. Hand-built in Chichester, the traditional aluminum bodywork has been swapped out in favor of stronger, lighter carbon fiber composites, ensuring that the kerb weight tips the scales at 1,100kg.
However what we are impressed about the most are the performance figures. The BMW-sourced, non-turbo 4.8-litre V8 engine produces 370bhp and 370lb ft of torque, and is hooked up to either a six-speed manual or automatic. The Bullet will do 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds, until it hits the 155mph limited top speed.
Production of the Bullet is due to begin early in 2017. Bristol will make its first full public debut with the Bullet at the upcoming Salon Privé event on the 1st to the 3rd September. They plan to make just 70 Bullets – of which a “significant number” have already been sold. Prices for the Bullet should start at less than 250,000 pounds ($328,625 at today’s rates) but move north of that depending on the specifications.