Keating Bolt Supercar Debuts


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    The Keating Bolt supercar made a splash debut in the United Kingdom. | September 25, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The grandiose Keating Bolt has made a splashy debut in the United Kingdom.
  • U.S. sales are uncertain and unlikely, Edmunds has learned.
  • The Bolt is powered by a GM-sourced V8 engine, with output starting at 640 horsepower.

WAKEFIELD, United Kingdom — Unveiled amid a blaze of bright lights and dry ice, the Keating Bolt recently made its spectacular debut in the U.K.

The Bolt is the latest supercar dream machine from Keating, a tiny manufacturer based in northern United Kingdom.

Mid-engined and built up around a tightly packaged carbon/Kevlar composite structure, the 7.0-liter Bolt has been designed "to outperform supercar competition" its makers say, adding that future versions are intended to be entered into GT racing and Le Mans.

Considering the power/weight ratio — Keating is quoting a normally aspirated power output of 640 horsepower, coupled with a curb weight of just 2,182 pounds — it's clear that the Bolt should pack a mighty punch indeed.

However, that's kid's stuff because Keating will also offer the Bolt in supercharged trim at 750 hp or with twin-turbochargers, in which case power soars to genre-busting 1,000-2,500 hp.

With the Bolt and Keating's previous cars, the SKR, TKR and ZKR, the key is a low and swoopy two-seater coupe that is rarer than any Ferrari and specifically hand-built to order. From there, it is up to you as to how much muscle and speed you and your wallet can handle.

The engine in each case is a GM-sourced 7.0-liter pushrod V8, matched to a five- or six-speed transmission, driving the rear wheels. From there, you pick and choose the tune.

The Keating SKR, for instance is a $180,000-$250,000 machine, with a top-spec 650-hp supercharged output. It dispatches zero-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, Keating says.

Things get more interesting with the track-based TKR, which boasts a reported 2,000 hp, hits zero-60 mph in just 2.0 seconds and costs around $660,000. The TKR has already hit 260 mph on a dry lake in the U.S., its maker says.

The Bolt, named after the northern U.K. town of Bolton, has appeared so far in prototype form. The styling and design might be formulaic but the performance looks stupendous, if verified, with Keating quoting a top end of 230 mph-plus, rising to an "astronomical and out of this world 0.5 Mach (340 mph!)" says Keating, with the twin-turbo Bolt in full flow.

Prices are variable but a starting price of $1.2 million for the Bolt has been suggested.

Edmunds says: Crazy name, crazy car. We wish it luck.

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