With UK economy and manufacture experiencing a very healthy period, some of the old sports car brands which we thought were gone forever are coming back. TVR is one of them, and now also Bristol, who is bringing a new speedster model to this year’s Salon Prive in form of Bristol Bullet.
Designed to reflect the traditional look of a Bristol with a little bit of vintage flavor, Bristol Bullet has rather a peculiar look about it which some will find utterly fascinating and some younger audience distasteful. The car’s got all the features of a proper speedster, though, with a short windscreen, sloping long bonnet, and an exquisite but rather cramped leather interior.
The oldtimey looks of the Bristol Bullet are somewhat deceiving because what’s underneath is pretty modern. The construction is largely carbon fiber, and the powertrain is a BMW V8 which is like the iPhone of sports car engines. The car can reach a top speed of 155 mph which is okay for a speedster, but of how it handles we know nothing at the moment. We’re going to have to wait for Salon Prive to find out more.
Julian Ramshaw, General Manager of Bristol Cars Ltd, said: “The BULLET celebrates 70 years of design and innovation at Bristol Cars. This unique speedster sets the tone for the future of Bristol Cars – with a focus on luxury, performance and elegance it really is the ultimate driver’s car. We are delighted that the first public showing of the Bristol BULLET will be at Salon Prive.’’