The first beauty shots of the Bristol Bullet have been leaked on the Internet prior to the official introduction by the automaker later on today – with the retro-style roadster packing a BMW V8 heart.
The first images were tweeted by Electric Blue and we finally get to see the retro-styled roadster as the first car coming from historic British brand since they stopped producing the Fighter back in 2011. The codename Project Pinnacle was announced way back in 2014, and a 2015 launch was planned and missed even though it coincided with the marque’s 70th anniversary – with the Bullet now rumored to become available for purchase starting next year. The Bullet name has become official a few weeks back, when a camouflaged prototype was present in front of the crowd during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Initially rumored to come up with a modern, hybrid powertrain, it appears the Bullet is going for classic power – a 4.8-liter BMW V8, packing approximately 360 horsepower in standard trim. This is a return to the roots – even though Bristol has been associated for decades with Chrysler. The British brand had been using the American manufacturer as engine provider since 1961 – but before that a license-built version of the 2.0-liter straight-six from the legendary, pre-war BMW 328 was actually deployed. The styling is clearly inspired by the Bristol models of old – the front hearkens back to 1940s and 1950s, the grille pays homage to the brand’s aero engines and the rear is inspired by speedsters.
Via Electric Blue