The Aston Martin V12 Zagato has had its time to shine and Danish coachbuilder, HBH, is ready to step into the spotlight with their response to the vehicle. After months of trickling rumors about a new supercar, the company has finally revealed their new Bulldog GT, based off of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
HBH may not be a well known company, but their work done on the insane Zenvo ST1 supercar - they created the design - is enough to pump us up about their new project. The Bulldog GT pays tribute to the legendary 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog, a one-off test vehicle produced by Aston Martin. It is powered by the V12 Vantage’s 6.0-liter V12 engine coupled to a twin-supercharger system to achieve 666 HP. Unfortunately, its top speed falls just a bit short of the original Bulldog (186 mph vs 191 mph), but we’re still hoping it gets past the testing phase.
Hit the jump to read more about the new HBH Bulldog GT.
Exterior and Interior
The new Bulldog GT takes a V12 Vantage and pushes it to new extremes. The biggest challenge in the production of the vehicle was to change the chassis so it delivered both the necessary supercar dynamics and safety and crash precautions. The car will be built from hand-beaten aluminum and will be offered with a set of 19" forged alloy wheels.
Currently, the model is a one-off project, much like the 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog, but if the market responds positively, HBH plans to put it into limited production.
"From the very beginning, we listened carefully to the market before deciding on the future of the Bulldog GT. As we see it, all possibilities are open: if a client only wants to make one car, only one will be produced. If there is a market for a small series, which we strongly believe there is, and the client would like us to produce a small series, then this is what we will do. We believe this project is an opportunity to be a part of automotive history and, at the same time, make a potentially good investment."
The Bulldog GT will be powered by the V12 Vantage’s 6.0-liter V12 engine, but equipped with a twin-supercharger system to increase the output to a total of 666 HP at 6500rpm and 548 lb-ft of torque at 5750rpm. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transaxle gearbox equipped with limited-slip differential.
HBH has promised a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.
The first prototype will be ready for testing in the next 12 months. The first test drives are provisionally scheduled for early 2013.
HBH isn’t the only company with ambitious plans of creating the ultimate supercar. Lately, it seems as though there’s a new supercar from every corner of the globe. Of course, the other obvious supercar competition for the Bulldog GT would be the other HBH-designed model: the Zenvo ST1. The ST1 steps ahead of the Bulldog in power, it delivers 1104 HP compared to the Bulldog’s 666 HP. It is also faster with a top speed of 233 mph. The only way HBH can make the Bulldog more successful is by keeping the price at a minimum. The Zenvo ST1 comes in at a whopping $1.8 million.
Looks very promising
Pays tribute to a legend
Looks like an ambitious plan
Not very powerful for a one-off supercar
Competition is more powerful