Generously shod with 255 section tyres front and rear on 17" 5-spoke rims, the Speedster offers impressive grip and agility thanks to firmer (but still comfortable) suspension settings.
The Speedster is not intended to form a part of our long term production plan which is to continue concentrating our efforts on exceptionally well engineered and characterful four-seaters along with a very small number of ultra-modern high performance 2-seaters (i.e. Fighter). It does however fill a temporary place in our range as it makes a stunning tribute to Bristol’s early aircraft based style combined with today's comforts, convenience and performance.
The Speedster is on display at Bristol's Kensington showroom and orders can be taken immediately.
Engine - Layout: 8 cylinders in Vee formation. Cubic capacity: 5,900 cc. Bore: 101.6 mm (4.00 in). Stroke: 90.93 mm (3.58 in). Compression ratio: 9.25:1 Maximum torque 390 lb.ft. Fuel system: Tuned runner aluminium plenum with multi port injection. Ignition system: Dual microprocessor sequential electronic ignition.
Drivetrain - Layout: Electronically controlled automatic with four forward speeds and reverse. Torque converter: Stall ratio 2.19:1 with computer controlled lock-up clutch. Final drive: 2.88:1 (3.06 optional). Overall Gearing: 40.72 mph/1000 rpm. (38.52 optional).
Suspension - Front: Unequal length wishbones with coil springs, adjustable telescopic dampers, torsional anti-roll bar. Rear: Bristol 8-link axle with torsion springs, adjustable telescopic dampers. Limited slip differential.
Steering - Layout: Power assisted recirculating ball. Safety: Energy absorbing column with offset joints and progressive collapse sections. Steering wheel: 14" diameter, leather or wooden rim to choice.
Brakes - Front: Self adjusting discs with four piston callipers. Rear: Self adjusting discs with two piston callipers. Handbrake: Mechanical linkage operating on rear discs.
Wheels - 8 x 17" Alloy 5-spoke.
Tyres - Front and Rear: 255/55 x 17. Spare: Full sized spare located in front wing compartment.
Fuel System - Pump: Electric high pressure with external filter and regulator. Tank: 165 litres (30 Imp. Gallons). Filler: Twin lockable aircraft type flush fillers on rear body.
Dimensions - Length: 4.674 m (15’ 4"). Width: 1.752 m (5’9"). Height: 1.118 m (3’8"). Wheelbase: 2.89 m (9’6"). Track front: 1.422 m (4’8"). Track rear 1.435 m (4’8 ½"). Turning circle: 11.912 m (39’), Kerb weight 1,395 kg (3,125 lb).
Performance - Acceleration: 0-60 mph in around 5 secs.Published 5 January 2003