It has been a long slumber for the Bristol brand, but the company has finally awakened from its Rip Van Winkle style absence to unveil the all new Bullet roadster.
Unlike the old Bristol Fighter (which was nothing more than a wildly styled coupe on Viper hardware) the Bullet wears a retro themed suit of clothes, and features a small oval grille, round front and rear lights, bulging fenders, and rear mounted fins on the body work. Bristol claims that the exterior styling was penned by an eminent Italian designer who curiously wanted to stay anonymous versus embracing the spotlight.
The body of the Bullet is crafted out of carbon fiber, and is paired with a lighter aluminium chassis which helps the car weigh in at 2,500 lbs. This featherweight figure doesn’t mean that the Bullet skimps on luxury. In fact the Bullet comes equipped with leather upholstery as well as a full color touchscreen infotainment system which should please technology fans.
Performance for the Bullet comes from BMW’s 4.4 liter V8 that is good for 370 horsepower and a 4.0 second 0 to 60 time. All of this power is routed to the rear wheels through a six speed manual gearbox that allows the Bullet to reach 155 mph. Unlike other boutique automakers that buy their engines directly from BMW (Morgan for its Aero roadster) Bristol claims that it is actually tradition with the company producing BMW powered models for decades.
Buyers interested in adding a Bullet to their garage will need to act quickly, Bristol is building only 70 copies of the Bullet with a good chunk of the production order already claimed by Bristol enthusiasts. Prices for the Bullet start at £250,000 which translates to roughly $330,000. Bristol currently has no plans to bring the Bullet to U.S. buyers due to our country’s stricter safety and emissions regulations.