Journal: What Do You Think Of The Bristol Bullet?

What Do You Think Of The Bristol Bullet?

By Michael Banovsky
August 1, 2016

Photography courtesy of Bristol Cars

To attract the attention of an enthusiast willing to spend hard-earned money on a high-end car can’t be easy: there’s simply so much choice. From factory-built hot rods to completely insane supercars, the battle to build a sophisticated, engaging driver’s machine has never been hotter. Now Bristol Cars, the 70-year-old UK manufacturer you hear about very little in the U.S. has launched one of its own, called Bullet.

It’s almost unfathomable to note how long Bristol Cars has been crafting and restoring its largely aircraft-inspired and often BMW-powered range, but the Bullet is its first new car since 2011 and is the company’s first to incorporate the combination of a carbon fibre chassis and a 4.8-litre BMW V8 with upwards of 400 horsepower.

The company says it’ll be the last normally aspirated car to come from Bristol, so it’s probably a positive that the Bullet is a roadster—all the better to hear that glorious V8 howl. Inside, it’s as technologically advanced as you’d expect from a handmade exotic car, with a touchscreen interface front row, centre; few other switches or gauges are used inside—this is a bespoke, hand-trimmed interior, after all.

As far as looks go, to my eyes it’s like the 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept was finally put into production, albeit with more intricate styling details and a set of tailfins. What do you think about the Bristol Bullet?

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Red Simon
Red Simon(@red_simon)
5 years ago

Talk of it looking like a 2004 Cobra shows a lack of knowledge. Check out the Bristol 404 and the Bristol 405 Drophead Coupe. It looks exactly like those, complete with little wings. That is, the Bullet looks like a heritage Bristol and is almost a tribute to Dudley Hobbs who designed Bristols at that time. This car should not be associated with any modern American pastiche product.

David Plott
David Plott
5 years ago

Looks like a Volvo P1800 redo.

Henry Lisk
Henry Lisk(@hol)
5 years ago

Its good to see Bristol returning to its roots. The beauty of the 404/405 range from the 50’s, and the return of BMW engines.

Darel Matthews
Darel Matthews(@darel)
5 years ago

Exterior: Meh.

Interior: Can we get SOMETHING (other than a Morgan, which really doesn’t count) where the interior isn’t dominated by a stupid screen?

Rusty Shackleford
Rusty Shackleford(@rusty-shackleford)
5 years ago

I’d love to have one, but I like its predecessor, the Speedster, more.

Dennis White
Dennis White(@alfa66)
5 years ago

Sorry, but the tail fins remind me of the back of the Rocketeer’s helmet!

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson(@pdxbryan)
5 years ago

I like it a lot! It would be even better with wheels that made a more vintage statement. How about a modern version of the wheels on the old Jaguar D Type? All new high performance wheels look the same. It’s getting boring this car deserves better.

5 years ago

I sort of kind of just want one, just because it’s Bristol. I don’t know why, but I just always liked Bristol, and as long as Bristol is very Bristol, I guess I’d always want to have one.

5 years ago

I wasn’t “bowled-over” at first, but the more I see it, the more I love it. Yes…it is insanely expensive, but the sculpted lines and the craftsmanship really show. I wish more manufacturers could mix retro with modern, the same way Bristol has with the Bullet.