Bolwell Nagari – back from the dead

Bolwell Nagari – back from the dead

Bolwell Nagari fq1

Over the ditch in Australia they have been hard at work preparing a new lightweight supercar. The car is a revival of the Bolwell Nagari, which was produced in Oz back in the ’60s and ’70s. All of the usual supercar components are accounted for, including large-scale use of carbon fibre, twin Recaro seats and a Momo steering wheel with paddle-shift gearbox. The transmission is linked up to a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine, mid-mounted that powers the rear wheels.

The motor could offer a little more juice, at only 295hp it is too gentle to be considered true supercar calibre, but it is only moving about one ton of car, so power to weight ratio is quite good. Originally a supercharged version of the Toyota Aurion engine was shown in the prototype Nagari in Melbourne, but compliance and durability issues led to the naturally aspirated version slotting into the standard specification. A conventional six-speed manual gearbox will be available as an option, as will a supercharger kit for greater performance.

Standard features onboard the Nagari include 19-inch alloy composite wheels, ABS brakes, an underbody aero kit (front and rear), sports exhaust, UV-protected windscreen, Recaro seats (with Nagari emblem), leather trim (matched to the metallic exterior colour, which is also included in the price), a Momo steering wheel (with carbon-fibre paddle shifter), remote central locking, cruise control, air-conditioning, electric windows/mirrors, height- and reach-adjustable steering, door sill scuff plates, and a Polaris GPS stereo comprising sat-nav, rear-view camera, DVD/CD audio and high-spec two-way speakers.

The price? Around $200K in Australian bucks, which converts to about $227,000 NZ, at the moment. Those who place their refundable deposits will attend demonstration days early in 2009.

Bolwell Nagari fq1

Over the ditch in Australia they have been hard at work preparing a new lightweight supercar. The car is a revival of the Bolwell Nagari, which was produced in Oz back in the ’60s and ’70s. All of the usual supercar components are accounted for, including large-scale use of carbon fibre, twin Recaro seats and a Momo steering wheel with paddle-shift gearbox. The transmission is linked up to a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine, mid-mounted that powers the rear wheels.

The motor could offer a little more juice, at only 295hp it is too gentle to be considered true supercar calibre, but it is only moving about one ton of car, so power to weight ratio is quite good. Originally a supercharged version of the Toyota Aurion engine was shown in the prototype Nagari in Melbourne, but compliance and durability issues led to the naturally aspirated version slotting into the standard specification. A conventional six-speed manual gearbox will be available as an option, as will a supercharger kit for greater performance.

Standard features onboard the Nagari include 19-inch alloy composite wheels, ABS brakes, an underbody aero kit (front and rear), sports exhaust, UV-protected windscreen, Recaro seats (with Nagari emblem), leather trim (matched to the metallic exterior colour, which is also included in the price), a Momo steering wheel (with carbon-fibre paddle shifter), remote central locking, cruise control, air-conditioning, electric windows/mirrors, height- and reach-adjustable steering, door sill scuff plates, and a Polaris GPS stereo comprising sat-nav, rear-view camera, DVD/CD audio and high-spec two-way speakers.

The price? Around $200K in Australian bucks, which converts to about $227,000 NZ, at the moment. Those who place their refundable deposits will attend demonstration days early in 2009.

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