Bristol is a car maker that has been building hand-built cars since 1945 and the Bullet comes five years after the British marque stopped production back in 2011. The BMW-engine two-seater roadster has made its public debut after the camouflaged teaser at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year.
The Bullet looks vintage with its retro styling. It reminds you of the Austin Healeys with the square-ish front grille, a bonnet that tapers towards the front and headlamps mounted on the pronounced fenders. The gill-like slits on the sides of the fender and the beautifully crafted chin spoiler look neat. The stretched hood, long wheelbase and the minimal overhangs makes this car look classy especially with the creases that brow over the wheel arches. The pointed tail has vertical fins on each side, remnant of the 50s American cars.
Under the classic looks lies an ultra-modern chassis with oodles of carbon fibre. It reaches 100kmph from zero in 3.8 seconds thanks to the 4.8-litre V8 petrol engine from BMW and limited at a top whack of 250kmph. This classic roadster is rated at 370bhp of power and near 500Nm of torque and comes with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission options. The opulent cabin is dressed in leather and shouts retro but has modern bits blending seamlessly into its scheme of things. It gets a touchscreen infotainment display, retro-styled binnacle for the instrument cluster with separate dials for temperature, fuel and a multifunction display.
With orders being taken for only 70 units as of now, the first of the Bristol Bullets will be firing from January next year and will cost upwards of GBP 250,000 (Rs. 2.2 crore) in England.