Bristol Cars is an old name in the industry, even though not a lot of people remember it. The British manufacturer is quite well known among die-hard petrolheads in Europe but not so much in the US as they never sold cars on this side of the pond. However, that might change with the introduction of a new model that was teased earlier this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: Bristol Bullet.
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The name might a bit over the top but the truth of the matter is, now that we know what engine will be powering it, it’s not that far fetched. The car is supposed to be extremely light on its feet, using carbon fiber composite materials wherever possible, replacing the aluminum used on other, older models. It’s also an open top two-seater judging by the prototype showed in Goodwood a bit over two weeks ago.
Keeping things light is only one part of the story though. You’ll also need some good old fashion power to make things interesting and that’s apparently going to be handled by BMW. The company officials claim that the heart under the hood of the Bristol Bullet will be a BMW 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8. That means, it’s going to use the N62B48 engine that’s good for some 360 HP and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, as it’s the only 4.8-liter V8 the Germans ever made. Furthermore, this mill is still being built for the Morgan Aero 8 series, so it would make sense for the Germans to sell it to another vendor as well.
This won’t even be the first time these two companies worked together though, as the first Bristol car, the 400, back in 1947, was based on the BMW 326 and used the same engine as the BMW 328. Today, things changed and the Bristol Bullet is said to have its own identity, even if it’s using a BMW V8 under the hood. Production of the car will begin in early 2017, even though it will be unveiled on July 26.