Xcar experiences a true rarity in the odd Bristol Fighter
Designed as an exotic rival against grand tourers like the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class or Aston Martin DB9, the Fighter certainly didn't lack for power in the 2000s. Up front, the company mounted the Viper's 8.0-liter V10 and offered variants with 525 horsepower, 660 ponies and even a ludicrous 1,012 hp. There were also rumors of an extended-range, electrified version under development. Bristol didn't exactly mass produce the gull-winged Fighter, though. According to Xcar, total production numbers are likely around nine but could be as high as 14.
With so few on the road, Xcar does a great job of letting viewers live vicariously through its video and experience piloting the Fighter. Unfortunately, the coupe doesn't sound like a world-beater, even against contemporaries, but the quirky GT shows Bristol's excellent understanding of making a vehicle feel special. Hopefully, the brand's upcoming model can keep the same spirit but with a better end result.
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