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Bolwell Nagari: Australian Super Car

Motoring Channel Staff - 13/November/2008

Bolwell Nagari
Bolwell Nagari

Bolwell Nagari
The Nagari is powered by a 220kW V6 engine
that is mid-mounted for improved car balance

Bolwell Nagari
Bolwell is putting Australian super car
design back on the map with the Nagari

Bolwell Nagari
The Bolwell Nagari at the '08 Melbourne Motor Show

Melbourne, Australia — Making its global debut at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show in February, the Bolwell Nagari is increasing pulse rates around the country.

Along with the recent E-Vade super car which will also made its debut in Melbourne early in the year, the Bolwell Nagari is an Australian-made and designed super car.

It is powered by a naturally aspirated 220kW (295hp) 3.5-litre V6 sourced from Toyota, so engine reliability shouldn't be an issue.

Update: When we first saw the Bolwell Nagari at the Melbourne Motor Show its makers were looking for interested parties before going ahead with limited production.

Bolwell obviously found customers because the Nagari has been priced and specified and the order books are open, and plans are underway for drive days in 2009 for prospective buyers.

Costing $198,000 the new model doesn't come cheap, but the classically styled super car will be able to play ball with far more expensive machinery from Ferrari and Porsche with a zero to 100km/h acceleration time expected in around 4.2 seconds.

Powered by a modified 3.5-litre Toyota V6, the engine outputs are as follows: 

Power: 220kW @ 6200rpm 
Torque: 345Nm @ 4700rpm

The Bolwell Nagari has excellent acceleration because it's super light, weighing just 920 kilograms (2020 lbs). Dimensions are as follows:

Length: 4100mm
Width: 1830mm
Height: 1190mm

Made from light weight carbon fibre composite materials, the Nagari's is cross between the classic '70s version of the Nagari sports car and modern super cardesign, and features a full underbody aero kit to improve stability at higher speeds. 

The rear end design could be a little too classic for some tastes however.

Creator Campbell Bolwell intentionally styled the vehicle to pay homage to the original Nagari of the 1970s, "particularly in the rising, curvaceous hip line and the tunnel-back rear window."

With a mid-mounted V6 engine thrumming away behind the driver, the car has a 40:60 front-to-rear weight bias and with chunky 19-inch alloy wheels and tyres, grip and handling are expected to be race track-worthy.

Front and rear double wishbone suspension is fully adjustable and ABS works with the 355mm disc rotors at all four corners, which are clamped by6-pot calipers at the front and single-piston calipers at the rear.

The standard-issue gearbox is a 6-speed semi-automatic system with paddle shifters but a 6-speed manual can be specified when placing an order.

Bolwell's Nagari could be described as an 'everyday' super car with features such as satellite navigation, rear-view camera, DVD audio system, remote central locking, cruise control, electric windows, air-conditioning, and Nagari-embossed leather Recaro racing seats and Momo steering wheel.

As Bolwell explains, the Nagari is now fully finished, showing off a quad-headlight design that it believes "echoes the legendary McLaren F1, while other elements capture the spirit of the best Italian mid-engined exotics."

Australian drivers will soon get the chance to drive a home-grown exotic street machine that is expected to offer enough performance to reach speeds of close to 300km/h.

Related articles:
- E-Vade (2008)
- E-Go Revolt (2008)
- Weber faster one (2008)
- Lamborghini Estoque (2008)
- Novitech Ferrari F430 Scuderia (2008)

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