Bristol Bullet unveiled - 370bhp for new bespoke sports car

4.8-litre BMW V8 to power new Bristol

Bristol has officially unveiled the new Bullet, complete with a 370bhp BMW V8. The car, which is set to go into production at the beginning of 2017, marks a return to manufacturing for Bristol after the company went into administration in 2011.

The Bullet is designed to celebrate 70 years of Bristol cars and was shown at the company's Kensington showroom today.

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The car was initially announced as 'Project Pinnacle' at the Hampton Court Palace Concours. It has since then made camouflaged appearances at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Bullet was designed as part of a collaboration with an Italian styling house, the name of which Bristol is keeping under wraps. References to older Bristol 404 and 405 cars can be seen in the new Bullet, including the front grille and wings.

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The car features extensive use of carbon fibre in its construction, rather than Bristol's traditional hand beaten aluminium panels. The result is a car that weighs 1250kg.

The BMW V8 is capable of sending the Bullet from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds, with the car going on to a top speed of 155mph. The car can be specified with either an automatic or manual gearbox.

Previous offerings from Bristol included the Fighter, which cost £235,000. Ultra-rare and featuring a 525bhp V10, you can read more about the Fighter here.

Bristol says it will start to invite potential customers to view the new Bullet following its launch.

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