The Bristol Bullet is a new sports car which combines classic styling and high-tech gadgets, and could be yours for around £250,000 when it goes on sale next year. It’s powered by a 370bhp BMW V8, which harks back to the original BMW/Frazer-Nash/Bristol association that gave us the 401.
The Bullet is inspired by the classic Speedster, and should please Bristol aficiondos because it’s a reasonably respectful take on the classics, which date back to 1947. Whether former company owner Tony Crook would approve of the choice of engine, is another matter altogether. However, the new owners have certainly listened to the marque’s customers, with this interesting 21st century continuation model.
Hand-built in Chichester (sadly, not Filton), the traditional aluminium bodywork has been ditched in favour of stronger, lighter carbonfibre composites, ensuring that the kerb weight tips the scales at 1100kg. Maximum power is 370bhp and there’s 370lb ft of torque, which is hooked up to your choice of a six-speed manual or auto. It’s claimed to do 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds and has a 155mph limited top speed.
Hybrids and range extenders are coming – we’ve already driven Frazer-Nash prototypes, which will give this car some additional excitement. ‘This unique speedster sets the tone for the future of Bristol Cars – with a focus on luxury, performance and elegance,’ says General Manager Julian Ramshaw.