19 July 2004

Just three cars into the production run of its new 200mph Bristol Fighter, Britain’s most enigmatic sports car maker has upped the power of its gull-winged, front-engined GT in a new, higher performance version called Fighter S.

The 8.0-litre V10 engine, sourced from the US-built Chrysler Viper, now produces 620bhp at 5900rpm, while the standard model sticks with 525bhp. Torque output for the S rises from 525lb ft to 580lb ft.

According to Bristol’s owner Toby Silverton, engine capacity is unaltered and the power hike comes from ‘a variety of areas’, including improved manifolding and changes to the engine management system.

Bristol says it already holds firm orders for 20 cars, a full year’s production at its Filton works outside Bristol. The S has no exterior changes and is likely to double its backlog. The standard Bristol Fighter costs £229,125, while the new S will set you back £256,150.The Fighter’s most recent outing was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (left), where Silverton drove it ‘for the first time in anger’ up the hill.

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