Bolwell_Nagari_frontLegendary Australian sportscar builder Bolwell has previewed a stunning lightweight, mid-engined V8 supercar at Motorclassica – the new Bolwell Nagari.

When we say lightweight, it certainly is – tipping the scales at under 1000 kg.

It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Bolwell Nagari and is fittingly powered by a Chevrolet LS3 V8 500 horsepower (372 kW) in an advanced composite body.

Bolwell tells us it will cover the zero to 100 km/h sprint in under three seconds, with the handling and braking that only a very light car can deliver.

Bolwell Technologies founder Campbell Bolwell: “We’ve had it out for a few drives, and it’s a real supercar,” he said.

“As with the original Nagari, this is a proper road car – it’s hugely powerful, but you can drive it to the shops. It even has a boot.”


Campbell Bolwell has created the new car with his brother Graeme and long-term Bolwell team member Ross McConnell, who developed the first Nagari, and Nagari 300 development engineer Toby Hunt.

The Chevy V8 is longitudinal mounted and has the driveshafts ahead of the gearbox as the ideal set-up.

Suspension is by dual wishbones with pneumatically adjustable adaptive dampers. Brakes are 355 mm ventilated and cross-drilled discs. Tyres are huge 265/35ZR19 on 19×10½ alloys up front with 305/30ZR19 on 19×12 rims at the rear.


The Bolwell Nagari 500 previewed at Motorclassica is not yet available for driving. That will come next year – and Campbell Bolwell promises it will not disappoint.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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