A Sports Car From the Heart of Australia

Australia has a rich motorsports history. With many great drivers coming up through the ranks in Australia, it’s no doubt that the Aussies know what a great sports car should drive like. In fact, the V8 Supercars series that dominates Australia, in the way Nascar does here, are very much production street machines fitted to race.

Now, one company is about to make Australia proud. Bolwell of Australia is about to unleash a new sports car onto the roads. Called the Nagari (an Aboriginal word meaning "flowing"), it was first displayed at the 2008 Melbourne Auto Show.


This mid-engined sports car is powered from a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 making about 295-hp and 235ft-lbs of torque. Bolwell says that’s enough to propel the 2,020 pound car to 60mph from a standstill in less than four seconds! A six-speed paddle-shift transmission is standard (no word on a manual option) and the whole car is made of what the company calls "high impact" composites. Carbon-fiber reinforcements originally developed for the aviation industry and space programs are also imployeed in the Nagari’s construction.

Prices are hovering at about $132,000 at current exchange rates. The company has already started taking orders and expects to deliver the first customer vehicles by the end of the year.

Source: Inside Line

Photo: Bolwell of Australia