Bolwell Nagari hits the road
Orders for the new Bolwell Nagari are open with the Bolwell Car Company confirming pricing of the two-seater at $198,000. First deliveries of the Aussie-built sports car are expected in early-2009 with chassis number 0001 going to a Western Australian buyer.
Construction is under way on the first batch of five production cars at Bolwell’s Seaford, Victoria, factory and prospective buyers are being invited to reserve chassis numbers with a refundable deposit.
The two-seat coupe is constructed around a unitary carbon fibre-based tub with lightweight subframes front and rear. The carbon fibre-reinforced composite body echoes earlier Nagari styling cues.
Suspension is fully independent all-round with double wishbones and fully adjustable springs and shocks. Wheels are 19-inch alloy composite units with Dunlop tyres; while braking is supplied by 355mm vented and slotted discs with six-pot calipers(single piston rear)with ABS.
An alloy 3.5-litre V6 engine coupled to a rear-mounted six-speed sequential paddleshift transmission powers the Nagari; a six-speed manual gearbox and supercharger can be specified at cost. Performance figures are not yet available but with 220kW/345Nm and weighing only 920kg the coupe should creep into supercar territory.
The leather and suede air-conditioned interior features Nagari-embossed Recaro seats, DVD/CD player, satnav with rear view camera and a Momo steering wheel with carbon fibre paddles. In line with the vehicle’s ‘every day supercar’ concept, the cabin also boasts a usable glovebox, door pockets and centre console storage.
Standard kit includes metallic paint, leather trim, UV-protected windscreen, remote controlled external rear view mirrors, remote locking, cruise control, front and rear underbody aero kit and stainless steel sports exhaust system.
Campbell Bolwell, along with sons Owen and Vaughan, took the wraps off their long-awaited new creation at the Melbourne Motor Show in February, 2008.
"This is an important milestone in Australia’s motoring history of building low-volume, high-performance sports cars," said Campbell Bolwell. "It’s been 50 years in the making and now I am pleased that the car is a production reality."
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