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Earlier teased in a partial image and having made a run up the Goodwood hill as the Project Pinnacle Concept, Bristol’s latest sportscar is the Bullet Speedster, which will make its public debut at this year’s Salon Prive on September 1.

“The Bullet celebrates 70 years of design and innovation at Bristol Cars. This unique speedster sets the tone for the future of Bristol Cars – with a focus on luxury, performance and elegance it really is the ultimate driver’s car. We are delighted that the first public showing of the Bristol Bullet will be at Salon Privé,” said Julian Ramshaw, General Manager of Bristol Cars Ltd.

Inside, tradition meets modernity as carbon-fibre panels are installed within a classically themed cabin, and an infotainment screen takes residence beside an analogue instrument cluster. More classic touches abound, such as the external fuel filler cap and a leather-lined luggage compartment follow the theme set by the cabin.

Initially, 70 units of the Anniversary edition of this car will be made, with the first customers taking deliveries in 2017. The Bullet Speedster is powered by a naturally-aspirated BMW 4.8 litre V8 engine, which is said to propel the two-seater from a standstill to 100 km/h in under five seconds, and to a top speed of 250 km/h.

Bristol Cars’ programme manager for the Bullet, Paul de Santis told Goodwood Road & Racing that although a hybrid version of a new Bristol is coming, initially the new models will be V8-engined, and the Bullet’s engine in particular produces “masses of low-down torque and something in the order of 400 hp,” according to de Santis.