Bristol comes back

London, 1 August 2016

Granted, it's no brand any car fan inevitably has on the screen. But among connoisseurs, the mention of Bristol throws still admiration. Between 1947-2011, Bristol built luxury sports car in small print runs. Five years ago, the powder was finally fired and the company insolvent. Now dare to restart with the bullet.

Once there was a BMW

The bullet, a 4.20 m long and 1.20 meters high Roadster, should be available in the first quarter of 2017. Just in time for the 70th anniversary of the brand Bristol, which brings us to a small historical excursus. The first Bristol car, the 400, was created in 1945 together with Frazer-Nash and BMW. Frazer-Nash already had in the 1930s BMW-sold models in England, several documents on the island came after the war. This is why BMW pre war types formed the basis for the first Bristol vehicles, even the kidney has been preserved. Originally only as car division of the aircraft manufacturer founded in Bristol, was Bristol cars 1947 independently and dissipated by Frazer-Nash.

From the craft to the series

After the bankruptcy of Bristol in 2011, the brand was merged back with the remains by Frazer-Nash. Out came the bullet, a roadster with an unladen weight of 1.1 tons. Its design is reminiscent of the 404, first Bristol without BMW kidney. According to the manufacturer, they found draft Speedster, which formed the basis for the bullet in the old Bristol factory under a dusty tarpaulin.

Eight-cylinder Bavarian genes

What tangible there to report? The body of the bullet is made of carbon fiber composite material, inside the customer has the choice between wooden or carbon decor. Despite the nostalgic form of bullet is quite on the prior of period. A touch screen in the center console provides Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and digital radio. Let's get down to the technical data: under the hood has a 4.8-liter V8 with 375 HP and 490 nm of torque. The aggregate comes from BMW and will be assembled at Bristol. There, they call him reminiscent of an old aircraft engine, which was in the Lancaster bombers of the second world war used, "Hercules". The abbreviation N62B48 BMW experts may be common, this V8 was used between 2005 and 2010 in the series E60 550i. Nowadays he is installed in the Morgan plus 8. The Bristol bullet engine should accelerate in 3.8 seconds to nearly 100 km/h, maximum of 250 km/h are possible. For the price of the bullet Bristol not manifests itself yet, given the production crafted, we expect but with at least 150,000 euros. (rh)