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Steane Klose | Nov 12, 2008

Many of you will have heard of the Bolwell Nagari whether it be the original model or the soon to be released modern interpretation. For fans of the latter, the wait is almost over with Aussie specialist carmaker Bolwell having recently confirmed that production of the Nagari will begin early next year.

Expected to retail for a rather hefty $198,000, the Nagari isn't going to be cheap, but limited production numbers and (expected) supercar performance may entice some new Bolwell owners to the fold.

Original reports indicated that two engine options would be available, namely a 220kW 3.5-litre Toyota V6 or a 280kW supercharged version of the same mill. Bolwell however has since confirmed that, for the time being at least, only the 220kW engine will be available.

Sporting a lithe 920kg kerb-weight, the Nagari should pull 0-100km/h in under four seconds, but we'll have to wait until official figures are released. Double-wishbone suspension and 355mm ventilated and slotted discs will be charged with the handling and stopping duties.

Gone is the stripped out racer persona of the original Nagari with the new interpretation sporting the luxury features expected of a modern-day supercar. The standard feature list will include ABS, Recaro seats, a Momo steering wheel with carbon-fibre paddle shifters, remote central locking, a sports exhaust system, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, a premium sound system and 19-inch alloy wheels. In addition, Polaris GPS radio, satellite navigation, leather interior and a reversing camera will also be available.

The modern Nagari has been a long time coming, the question now is: has it been worth the wait? How will the Nagari be greeted by Australians buckling down for a recession? Or, perhaps even more importantly, how can it succeed when performance car lovers can buy a Nissan GT-R for around $48,000 less?

Let us know what you think and be sure to check out the high-res images in the gallery, including a snap of the original (and stunning) Nagari for comparison.

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