British luxury car maker Bristol has launched a new model Bullet to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The Bullet signals the rebirth of the brand after it was saved from bankruptcy. Bristol Cars has been producing cars since 1947, but the Bullet is its first since 2003.
The concept for the Bullet come about when the company’s new owners found a neglected speedster model in the old factory. The well-proportioned, deep-set grille and the arched bonnet with its slitted air intake, reputedly reference Bristol’s history of aircraft construction.
The body is formed of carbon fiber composites, to achieve high strength and rigidity, with a low weight. The dashboard can be finished in wooden paneling or a modern herringbone carbon-fiber weave. The sports seats are aimed at providing comfort and support over long distances. A multitouch screen on the dashboard is used to control the digital radio, as well as smartphone, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Bullet is powered by a 4.8-l V8 Hercules engine that provides a 370 hp (275 kW) and maximum torque of 490 Nm (370 lb-ft). It can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Production is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of next year. The promotional video is below.
Source: Bristol Cars