Bristol Cars unveils first new model in more than a decade

Bristol Cars unveils first new model in more than a decade

LUXURY British manufacturer Bristol Cars has unveiled its first new model in more than a decade.

The Bristol Bullet is a handmade two-seater built to celebrate the founding of the company 70 years ago.

The firm described it as ‘a sublime British sports car’ that will cost ‘under £250,000’.

EMBARGOED TO 1100 THURSDAY JULY 28 Undated handout photo issued by Bristol Cars of the interior of the Bristol Bullet, its first new model in more than a decade to be unveiled. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 28, 2016. The Bristol Bullet is a handmade two-seater car built to celebrate the founding of the company 70 years ago. See PA story TRANSPORT BristolCars. Photo credit should read: Bristol Cars/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Its top speed is 155mph and it can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Carbon fibre composites are used for the body of the Bullet to give it strength and rigidity while minimising weight. It has a V8 Hercules engine manufactured by BMW.

A touch screen is embedded in the dashboard and there is even a button to provide direct access to the manufacturer’s only showroom, in Kensington, west London.

The Bullet was developed under the codename Project Pinnacle after a prototype was discovered hidden under a dusty tarpaulin in a factory.

Julian Ramshaw, general manager of Bristol Cars, said: ‘The Bullet celebrates 70 years of design and innovation at Bristol Cars.

‘This unique speedster sets the tone for the future of Bristol Cars – with a focus on luxury, performance and elegance.

‘The discovery of the prototype at the factory provided us with the perfect way to celebrate this incredible marque’s 70th anniversary.

‘Open top, highly luxurious, lightweight and full of torque, it really is the ultimate driver’s car.’

The Bullet was unveiled at The Dorchester in central London, and production is set to begin in Chichester, West Sussex, early next year.

EMBARGOED TO 1100 THURSDAY JULY 28 Undated handout photo issued by Bristol Cars of the interior of the Bristol Bullet, its first new model in more than a decade to be unveiled. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 28, 2016. The Bristol Bullet is a handmade two-seater car built to celebrate the founding of the company 70 years ago. See PA story TRANSPORT BristolCars. Photo credit should read: Bristol Cars/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Bristol Cars began hand-building luxury models in Filton, Gloucestershire, in 1946 as a division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

It grew a reputation for the high quality of its craftsmanship and chose to remain small and exclusive rather than expand into mass-market territory.

Sir Richard Branson, Bono and Liam Gallagher are among high-profile customers.

The firm went into administration in 2011 but was rescued by technology company Frazer Nash.

The Bullet will be the first new model from Bristol Cars since its two-seater Fighter in 2004.

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