Scheduled for its public debut in February at the Melbourne Motor Show, the Nagari is beginning final assembly at Bolwell's Melbourne factory. Campbell Bolwell is nearing the end of a three year design and development program to produce a car designed for ultimate performance in Australian road conditions. Designed to double as an everyday driving car, the low gearing and light weight ensure blistering acceleration, still with enough room for the shopping or the golf clubs. Styling cues from the original Nagari can be seen in the latest incarnation, with the distinctive tunnel back opening to reveal the engine housing, spare tyre well and luggage space. Serious production car touches include a unique, custom designed windscreen and compound curvature, fully opening door windows.
The Nagari sports car is the dream car of Campbell Bolwell, who built the original Nagari in the 1970s in collaboration with his brother Graeme. Like its namesake, the new Nagari embodies the latest and best of high performance sports car technology. It is a mid-engined carbon fibre composite monocoque coupe powered by a quad-cam, supercharged 3.5-litre V6, whereas the original Nagari carried its 5.0-litre V8 up front in a steel backbone chassis clad in fibreglass. Performance targets include a 0-100 km/h time of 4 seconds, achieved through the classic combination of lightweight - under 900kg - and the power of a supercharged Toyota V6. Full wishbone suspension also draws on classic concepts of ultra soft springing with lots of control for large suspension movement and fine handling.