Diehard fans of a certain British car show will perhaps know the Bowler Wildcat, famous for its incredible off road performance. QT Services has taken over from Bowler and now run the manufacturing and development of the Wildcat brand, touted as the ‘meanest road legal off-road vehicle’
The new Wildcat range is showcased by their public-friendly model which is the 300STR. This model has a 4.0-litre Rover V8 engine with over 270 hp mated to a five speed synchromesh gearbox with a two speed transfer box. It goes from 0 to 96 km/h in just 5.8 seconds.
According to QT, the Wildcat has the potential of reaching three figure speeds over ‘unmade terrain’, which is quite a challenge for any off-road vehicle. The secret is supposed to come from the suppleness of its chassis and suspension along with experience from its Dakar Rally competition models that makes it easy to drive. The 300STR features a fully welded tubular chassis, 4WD, 5-point harnesses, heavy duty differentials and drive shafts, while still maintaining regular comforts such as air con, Bluetooth and iPod dock.
If you’ve got a thirst for something more extreme, there is the 400NSR and 500DKR models to quench it. The 400NSR is a full competition model designed for hill rallies and terrain events while the 500DKR is the completely tricked-out model for seasoned cross country rally competitors. These variants use a 4.0-litre petrol V8 with 275 hp and 406 Nm or a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel with 245 hp/600 Nm, both from Jaguar.
QT Services boss Dave Marsh maintains that versatility of the chassis means that there is room for customising. “If you consider that the 300STR is essentially a two-seater, there are a number of options open to you and this first production 300STR has been specified with rear storage for the new owner’s golf clubs. We’d love to be there when he rocks up to the clubhouse and parks it next to the Astons and Mercedes! Definitely a head-turner,” said Marsh.
From Dakar to the golf club? Not bad! More pics after the jump.
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