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British supercar manufacturer Keating is back with a new model called The Bolt. Keating has clearly taken a leaf out of Ferrari’s book on naming, though The Bolt is still a prototype so the name could change by the time production starts. The Bolt is Keating’s follow up to its previous SKR, TKR and ZKR supercars, all of which feature a powerplant sourced from General Motors.
The latest The Bolt is no different, featuring a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 delivering 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The company has revealed to Autocar that a more potent version of The Bolt is planned, which will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.0 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 300 mph. We remain doubtful, however.
Construction is par for the course of any modern supercar: a carbon fiber and Kevlar body, aluminum spaceframe chassis and a flat undertray to reduce drag. Power in The Bolt is directed to the rear wheels only, via a six-speed transaxle.
Despite having revealed three models already, Keating is said to have sold only around 15 examples since the launch of the first one back in 2006. That makes sense, as Keating only has three staff building the cars.
Keating is keen to point out that all of its supercars are built specifically to customer order and no matter what a customer’s personal preferences may be, they can be met. Orders for The Bolt are now being taken. A launch date is yet to be announced.