One of Britain’s oldest automakers, Bristol Cars Limited, recently launched and it sounds like a World War 2 fighter plane.
Unsurprisingly, since Bristol is the last remaining descendant that retains the original name of the Bristol Aeroplane Company – a major aircraft manufacturer that spawned the admirable and iconic Blenheim, Beaufort, and Beaufighter warplanes.
Weighing less than 2,500 pounds (1,113 kg) thanks to its carbon-fiber elements, the Bullet speedster is powered by a BMW-sourced V8, dubbed the Hercules, which boasts 370 horsepower from 4.8-liters of displacement. The engine is refined and developed in-house, and is capable of launching the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) – making a ferocious sound in the process.
It may feature plenty of luxury amenities and high-tech gizmos (including digital radio, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth, and WiFi), but the Bullet is, first and foremost, a pure, old-school British roadster, and it sounds like one too.
On the move, it looks retro, but pleasantly futuristic, but don’t expect to see one on a street near you because only 70 will be made to mark the car maker’s 70th anniversary. The price? Just under £250,000 ($329,880).