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BRISTOL Fighter 2002-2011

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic
Production years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The 2002 Fighter was supposed to fight against the bankruptcy that endangered the old and proud of the Bristol brand. In the end, the brand didn't survive, but its legacy did.

Despite its huge V10 engine that was usually find into Dodge Viper, the Bristol Fighter was a British car. Its bodywork was created by the former Brabham Formula One engineer Max Boxstrom and its drag coefficient was as low as 0,27.

The sleek body didn't offer some aluminum or carbon-fiber elements. It was a form that followed function, without elements to stand out from the crowd. At first glance, it was just another sport-car without big performance. But the Bristol Fighter was like a factory-built sleeper that could put a lot of cars to shame. The abrupt end looked just like if someone cut a fighter airplane right after its cockpit. Those airplanes had upward-opening canopies. This Fighter had doors that opened upwards, in a gull-wing style. In the rear, two, big, round exhausts were punching out through the rear bumper.

Inside, there was a simple, yet elegant, combination of leather and expensive materials. Even the steering wheel was different than those from other cars from its era, with two spokes with dents on it to keep hands on it. The instrument cluster was airplane-inspired with big, round, dials, mounted on a flat aluminum panel.

The big V10 engine was installed behind the front axle. It could be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic. In its top-spec version, the Bristol Fighter T had over 1000 hp.

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BRISTOL Fighter 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  2 gasoline engines
  • 8.0L V10 6MT (532 HP)
  • 8.0L V10 6MT (636 HP)
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BRISTOL Fighter 8.0L V10 6MT (532 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  8.0L V10 6MT (532 HP)
Cylinders
V10
Displacement
7994 cm3
Power
391.3 KW @ 5600 RPM
532 HP @ 5600 RPM
525 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
525 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
712 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
210 mph (338 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
285/40 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
174 in (4420 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
53 in (1346 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.9 in (1,471/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
108.3 in (2751 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3395 lbs (1540 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3770 lbs (1710 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.8 mpg US (19.9 L/100Km)
Highway
19.6 mpg US (12 L/100Km)
Combined
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)

BRISTOL Fighter 8.0L V10 6MT (636 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  8.0L V10 6MT (636 HP)
Cylinders
V10
Displacement
7994 cm3
Power
467.8 KW @ 5900 RPM
636 HP @ 5900 RPM
627 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
590 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
800 Nm @ 3900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
240 mph (386 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
285/40 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
174 in (4420 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
53 in (1346 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.9 in (1,471/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
108.3 in (2751 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3395 lbs (1540 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3770 lbs (1710 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.8 mpg US (19.9 L/100Km)
Highway
19.6 mpg US (12 L/100Km)
Combined
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
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