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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2016
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 01, 2016
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Click here to download printer friendly versionOn the eve of the company's 70th anniversary in 2017, Bristol Cars have introduced the first all-new model since it went into receivership in 2011. The niche manufacturer is now under new ownership and part of the same group that also includes past partner Frazer Nash. The inspiration for the new V8 Bullet Speedster came after the discovery by the new owners of a speedster prototype in their newly acquired factory.

The design of the new Speedster was inspired by the famous Bristols of years past like the 405 and as such is instantly recognisable. Also a nod to the past is the use of a BMW-sourced engine. The V8 that powers the Bullet is built by BMW and finished in the Bristol factory. It is named Hercules after a fourteen-cylinder radial engine built by Bristol, which produced a staggering 1,300 bhp. At 370 bhp, the BMW-sourced engine is slightly more docile but can still propel the Bullet to 100 km/h in under four seconds.

The Bristol V8 Bullet Speedster not only harks back at the company's rich past but is also very much a car of today. The interior comes equipped with the latest technologies like Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. A special button can be used to contact Bristol's main showroom in Kensington directly. The interior can be finished with a choice of classic wood panelling or a more modern looking carbon-fibre weave of various designs.

Still wearing camouflage, the V8 Bullet was first seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June of 2016, before breaking cover a month later. The new Bristol will be available for under £250,000.

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