The new Bristol model, the Bullet, has been caught in action ahead of debut next week; has a 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine

The Bristol Bullet has been spotted in full production form ahead of its public unveiling later this month.

SEE THE OFFICIAL BRISTOL BULLET PICTURES HERE

The Bullet name for the production version of the Project Pinnacle concept car was revealed last week, along with a new image featuring the words 'Bristol Cars reborn July 2016' and a reveal date of the 26 July.

That followed the Project Pinnacle concept making an appearance in camouflaged form at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.  

We're yet to be given the car’s exact specifications, but we do know it has a naturally aspirated 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine and that its chassis is made from lightweight, carbonfibre composite materials. This is instead of aluminium, which was used on previous Bristols.

The Project Pinnacle was developed in celebration of Bristol's 70th anniversary as a car maker in 2015, and is the first car from the manufacturer since the Fighter sports car, which was on sale from 2004 to 2011.

Although when the Project Pinnacle was first announced there was talk of it being a hybrid, Bristol has chosen to employ a V8. It says this is because this type of engine has become synonymous with its cars over the last 50 years.

The British marque's use of this engine has rekindled a historic partnership with BMW; the first Bristol car, 1947's 400, was based on the BMW 326 and had the BMW 328's engine.

The Project Pinnacle's shapely wings and bonnet intake are reminiscent of old Bristol models, while the 'aero duct' front grille is taken from a Bristol Aeroplane Company engine. The car's looks have been crafted with input from an as-yet unnamed Italian design house. Bristol has previously worked with the likes of Zagato and Bertone.

Bristol confirmed the Goodwood concept will influence the Bullet, which will most likely make production sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

The 2017 production car is said to be the last Bristol to have a naturally aspirated V8 engine.

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24 June 2016
I really hope they make it. We need more independent car manufacturers. Though they said the new production car would be a electric/petrol range extended vehicle.???
Art and Engineering vs marketing and cost.

24 June 2016
When will the Bristol car company allow car magazines such as Autocar do a full road test on any of its future cars?
In my opinion, it is only then that I will pay any attention.

Safe driving.

24 June 2016
flt158 wrote:

When will the Bristol car company allow car magazines such as Autocar do a full road test on any of its future cars?
In my opinion, it is only then that I will pay any attention.

Safe driving.

This was the stance of the "old" Bristol, pre receivership. Now there are new people at the helm it will probably change.

That said, if it does happen then we will loose a little bit of what made the old company fascinating and alluring to the people that purchased their cars.

You could argue that modern day media demands require Bristol to be more "open" but for those of us who want to move away from the likes of facebook, etc, it's quite an attractive property.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

24 June 2016
TegTypeR wrote:
flt158 wrote:

When will the Bristol car company allow car magazines such as Autocar do a full road test on any of its future cars?
In my opinion, it is only then that I will pay any attention.

Safe driving.

This was the stance of the "old" Bristol, pre receivership. Now there are new people at the helm it will probably change.

That said, if it does happen then we will loose a little bit of what made the old company fascinating and alluring to the people that purchased their cars.

You could argue that modern day media demands require Bristol to be more "open" but for those of us who want to move away from the likes of facebook, etc, it's quite an attractive property.

Yes, TegTypeR. That is good to know -there are new people now at the helm. In all my years of reading road tests, I only read one such test of a Bristol; and that was in the very early 1980's by Motor car magazine, if I recall correctly. It was not so long ago that car mags found it impossible to test Morgan cars. That situation has completely changed in recent years thankfully. We can expect one Morgan car test every year.
Let us hope for the same for Bristol.

Safe driving to all.

24 June 2016
Have Frazer-Nash spent all this development time on this? It looks very similar to the Blenheim Roadster that the old company made in tiny numbers, except that was made from proper materials, not carbon fibre. That's suitable for a Noble or a McLaren... not a Bristol.

25 June 2016
Jeez.. if you had your way it would have a man with a red flag walking in front of it!!
In case you hadn't noticed, carbon fibre is still an "exotic" material not widely available on mainstream cars, I take it that MrChippy is part of the chassis team for Morgan LOL
Sarky traffic cops before speed cameras were invented.......... "Having trouble taking off Wing Commander?"

24 June 2016
Donald Stokes would have approved of the styling...........
Sarky traffic cops before speed cameras were invented.......... "Having trouble taking off Wing Commander?"

JJ

25 June 2016
Pretty sure those are a pair of tail fins at the back. Haven't seen a modern car trying to sport a pair of those in decades... Would make for a refreshing change, should they reach final production.

TBC

25 June 2016
The Pinnacle does seem to be a case of our future is our past, and yes it does look very similar to the Blenheim Speedster (which itself was a reinterpretation of an earlier prototype). How well it performs, both in terms of owner/driver expectation and sales may well determine if Bristol Cars remains a manufacturer, or slips quietly into history. I note that their website has been updated, and the previously touted range extender model that they were supposedly developing has vanished. I hope this is not the case. The parting line at the end of the piece (last to have a normally aspirated V8), either indicates this, or merely that future models, if any, will feature forced induction. If so. then all the noise made when they purchased the assets about designing the future, may have just been that, noise.

15 July 2016
Bristol seem to thrive on being almost comically awkward. The styling of the sides are far too flat compared to the rounded front and that mouth. Jeez. It's saying 'oops'... Even a Mini has a more sporting grille. There's no hint at all that just being the apology is a snarling, world class V8. Poor show old chaps. Bloody poor show.

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