New, Southern California-based supercar maker Bulleta Motors says it has launched the Lotus Evora-based RF22, its first vehicle. If the car allegedly designed by Samir Sadikhov also reminds you of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet, then the RF22 successfully embodies its inspiration. Maybe a little too much; the jet struggled with oxygen-delivery and software problems through the long course of its development, and Bulleta seems to be facing an existential crisis in the early going.
Bulleta claims to offer two versions of the mid-engine supercar: the RF22, with 400 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque, and the RF22-R, which makes 505 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both versions are equipped with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The R model will do 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, Bulleta states, but the 400-hp model can do it in 3.9 seconds - still extremely quick. For those who want just two pedals, there's also an option for a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
But before we delve further into what makes an RF22, it must be noted that there is controversy surrounding the car's very existence. Carscoops published a piece on the supercar and reportedly received a response from Kevin Smith, Lotus Cars USA marketing and PR communications executive, saying that the RF22 is "vapor," or not real. He told the publication that Lotus isn't selling Evora chassis to Bulleta to make RF22s.
Bulleta Motors' co-founder, Ferris Rezvani, then got into the mix, sending e-mail messages to Carscoops saying the RF22 is, in fact, a real car. Rezvani claimed Bulleta Motors isn't dealing with Lotus Cars USA, only Lotus Cars UK, and that Kevin Smith wouldn't know about the RF22. While the RF22 is seeming more like a pipe dream than a production reality, we're still holding out hope that the sleek supercar will be seen on the road someday... we're just not holding our breath.