2017 Bristol Bullet: 70 V8 speedsters for 70th birthday

The Bristol Bullet is the company’s first new car in over a decade. The two seater is designed to celebrate its 70th birthday as a car maker.

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Starting in 2017, Bristol will make 70 Bullets in Chichester to celebrate the 1947 establishment of Bristol Cars Limited, although Bristol Aeroplane Company began making its first car, the 400, in 1945.

The Bullet is powered by a 4.8-liter BMW built V8 named Hercules in honor of the 14-cylinder 1300hp Bristol Hercules radial engine.

The Bristol modified V8 makes 275kW (370hp) and 490Nm (370 lb-ft), and drives the rear wheels via an automatic or manual transmission. The carbonfiber composite body keeps kerb weight to just 1,100kg (2,425 lb) for a op speed of 250km/h (155mph), and a 0-100km/h time of 3.8s.


Length: 4,200mm | 165.4 inches
Width: 1,860mm | 73.2 inches
Height: 1,200mm | 47.2 inches
Wheelbase: 2,553mm | 100.5 inches