Bullet Cars

Bullet Cars History
and Price Guide

Australia’s own answer to the world of high performance Supercars – Rear wheel drive, fully ADR complied, Supercharged V8 convertible – Bullet Roadster.

1996 – 1998 Rotary Bullet

Current price guide – $15,000 to $25,000

Quite often mistaken to be a rotary engine in an MX5, the first Bullet car was designed around a Mazda MX5 body shell with a complete space frame chassis underneath.

This was the basis of the Bullet Car as we know it today. Originally, the Mazda MX5 body was left totally standard except for the body being cut off at the firewall and the new chassis secured underneath it. This allowed for exceptional handling and weight distribution. A unique one piece fibreglass tilt front was engineered and this instantly became the way to tell a Bullet from an MX5.

The 13B Turbo charged motor and gearbox were sourced from a Mazda Series IV RX7 and produced over 300hp with Microtech engine management. The Brakes were also sourced from the Mazda RX7.

1999 Rover V8 Bullet

Current price guide – $20,000 to $30,000

After a huge response from the public, it was decided to introduce a V8 model. The engine that was chosen was the 4.6 litre Rover V8 that was also found in the TVR. A Borg Warner gearbox and heavy duty clutch were also installed to an otherwise standard body shell.

2000 – 2002 Pre-Production Prototypes

Current price guide – $25,000 to $40,000

With a shortage of Rover V8 engines to fulfill orders, the decision was made to change to the Toyota 1UZFE 4.0 litre V8. This engine was originally found in the Toyota Soarer and the Lexus LS400. With an aluminium block and heads, 6 bolt mains, 32 valve and quad cams, these technologically advanced engines were renowned for their reliability and smoothness.

Naturally aspirated 1UZ cars were built using the original idea of the standard MX5 body on the Bullet chassis. With the idea of supercharging on this engine and the increase in Power and Torque, an upgrade of the drivetrain to include a Borg Warner Limited Slip Differential and heavy duty clutch/gearbox was needed. At this stage, the decision was made to move away from the original MX5 body styling and shape new rear guards and side skirts.

This was the start of the “wide body” cars. From this point on wards, the Bullet idea grew into a venture that was more than anyone could have dream about.

2003 – 2009 ADR Bullet Roaster

Current price guide – $40,000 – $85,000

The move to new premises signalled the start of the process towards full Australian Design Rules (ADR) compliancy. The Bullet Roadster and Roadster SS were completely redesigned with:

  • A lightweight, but much stronger chassis that exceeded the torsional rigidity specifications by twice the required amount.
  • Exterior panels that were made of a carbon composite material which kept the weight to a minimum. Visual styling was enhanced with all new panel work that had tighter tolerances. Fibreglass was finished to an exceptionally high level with attention to detail the number one priority.
  • Full remanufactured Bullet Specification 4.0 litre V8 engines that met ADR 37-01 Emission compliancy. The SS model contained forged decompressed pistons, balanced and blue printed assembly, cylinder head work, custom Sprintex M90 Supercharger system with dual staged throttle bodies and advanced engine management. Power was increased to 320kws and 575Nm of torque. The engine bay was fully detailed with painted ancillaries and finished off with carbon fibre engine covers.
  • Braking was upgraded to Quad piston Brembo front brakes with 330mm slotted rotors and 18 Inch x 8 and 18 Inch x 9 ROH 3 piece rims were fitted. (SS model only)
  • Drivetrain was upgraded to include a heavy duty 10 Inch Clutch setup in front of a 5 speed gearbox, custom 3 Inch tailshaft and a Hydratrak Limited Slip Differential. (SS model only) An optional 4 speed automatic was also available.
  • New Interior styling included Bullet leather seats and door trims (in owner’s choice of colour), Alpine CD MP3 player and speakers, Immobiliser with central locking, Air Conditioning and Power steering.

The new Bullet achieved full ADR compliancy in early 2003 which meant that it was the first low volume Australian built vehicle to achieve this. The Bullet Roadster was sold for $98,000 and the Bullet Roadster SS was $120,000.

2010 Onwards – New Supercar

A brand new supercar is waiting to be unleashed!

With over 2 years of hard work, the new Bullet Supercar has been designed using a completely new chassis and new body styling. Moving away from the MX5 donor car, the new Bullet is a ground up redesign and will showcase the latest technology in engine and drivetrain components as well as composite body panels.

Stay tuned for more updates as the car progresses.