Bristol Cars to make comeback with new Bristol Bullet

Bristol teaser
18 Jul, 2016 12:59pm Alex Jenkins

The Bristol Bullet – previously penned as ‘Project Pinnacle’ – marks a distinct return to form by the exclusive British car maker

The new Bristol Bullet will be revealed on 26 July 2016, and new teaser images give us another taste of what is to come. It has formed from the brand’s on-going ‘Project Pinnacle’ mission, with the production car set for launch at Bristol’s refreshed Kensington High Street showroom in London later this month.

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The Bullet will be a special 70th anniversary celebration model. Bristol describes the new car as “a reference to Bristol Cars’ rich and exciting heritage, executed as a modern take on the best of British craftsmanship”.

The Bullet will ditch the old aluminium construction of previous Bristol models in favour of a carbon fibre chassis. Bristol says the use of a V8 instead of a hybrid powertrain is more in keeping with the heritage of its cars, however the Bullet is set to be the last Bristol to have a naturally-aspirated V8 engine.

The concept seen at Goodwood is said to directly influence the Bullet’s styling and the teaser images are further proof that this new car will be two-seat open-top sports car. The front grille and bonnet scoop of the 2017 Bullet will take inspiration from a Bristol Aeroplane Company engine, and the flowing wings and side profile are a modern continuation of Bristol Cars’ familiar styling language. The familiar badge is also evident in the darkened pictures.

Project Pinnacle was first announced at the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, and will be launched by Bristol Cars a month after it was previewed to the public in heavy camouflage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Bullet will be the automaker’s first car since the Fighter from 2003, and marks a significant recovery since Bristol Cars entered administration back in 2011.

Early indication of ‘Project Pinnacle’ hinted at the development of an electric powertrain for Bristol’s flagship, from potential collaboration with Bristol Automotive Group’s partner, electric drivetrain specialist Fraser Nash. However, it has since been confirmed that the Bullet will be powered by a BMW sourced, 4.8-litre naturally-aspirated V8, set to produce around 400bhp. It’ll be specifically tuned to give more low end torque, meaning a 0-62mph time of around five seconds.

The cars will be constructed in Surrey and are expected to enter production at the start of 2017. A plug-in hybrid luxury flagship GT is set for reveal at a later date.

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