Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


Fighting talk. Image by Bristol.

Fighting talk
Bet you never thought you'd hear that the Veyron's closest rival is a Bristol!
<< earlier Bristol article     later Bristol article >>


News homepage -> Bristol news

Britain's sole remaining luxury car manufacturer is set to unleash a 225mph monster on the unsuspecting British public. The car is the Bristol Fighter T.

Despite the already overpowered Fighter and Fighter S models, (with 527bhp and 628bhp respectively), Bristol says its power-crazed customers wanted yet more oomph. Well, they've certainly got their wish; Bristol has strapped two turbochargers to the 8-litre V10 to create a 1012bhp road-rocket. This is certainly an appropriate route to increase power as the company launched the UK's first turbocharged production car in January 1980 - the Bristol Beaufighter.

To cope with the extra performance there has also been minor exterior modifications, such as a new rear diffuser, reducing the drag coefficient to an impressive 0.27. In fact the 225mph top-speed is a bit misleading, as the Fighter T would be capable of around 270mph but for its electronic limiter. Handling should also be improved thanks to a 30 per cent increase in torsional rigidity, a 10mm reduction in ride height and a 25 per cent stiffer front anti-roll bar.

Of course, the Fighter T won't be particularly cheap. A price has yet to be announced but at £256,000 for the Fighter S, this will be a car for the super rich only. Having said that, it's likely to be considerably cheaper than the similarly powerful Bugatti Veyron. Customers also have the added pride that the Bristol is quintessentially British in every sense and it still manages to match up against the big boys in world supercars.

Will Nightingale - 27 Nov 2006

    - Bristol news
- Fighter T images

Bristol plans new model. Image by Bristol.
New Bristol coming
Project Pinnacle will celebrate 70 years of Bristol cars with a new, BMW-powered model.
Bristol finds new owner. Image by Bristol.
Electric Bristols planned
A new owner has bought the rights to Bristol Cars - and plans to offer electric power.
Bristol Cars goes bust. Image by Bristol.
Bristol goes busy
Eccentric British car firm Bristol has gone into administration and faces closure if a new owner is not found.

 215 Racing
 A. Kahn Design
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Alfa Romeo
 APS Sportec
 Aston Martin
 Auto Union
 Cooper Tires
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 De Tomaso
 Detroit Electric
 Eagle E-type
 edo competition

 FAB Design
 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 General Motors
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Automotive
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 Heffner Performance
 Joss Developments
 Land Rover
 Loma Performance
 Monte Carlo
 Nichols Cars

 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Range Rover
 Red Bull
 Ronn Motor Company
 SDR Sportscars
 The Little Car Company
 Thunder Power
 Tommy Kaira
 Vanda Electrics
 VL Automotive


External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Old motor show reports | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2023 ©