The Triumph Bullet was a prototype car that was meant to be ready for production in 1975.
The Bullet was being developed as a cheaper front-engined version of the Porsche 914 and as such, was not a full convertible, but a targa-top, rather like the Fiat X1/9. This was to leave a gap in the range for a full convertible so that the MG B could continue to be sold. It was decided that even though the new car was conceived as a straight replacement for the MGB, it should be priced above the older car so there was no clash between old and new.
The conception of the car was finalised; the finer details needed to be decided. Spen King was placed in charge of the development of the new car. In a theme common with the subsequent Rover SD1 and Austin Maestro the package would offer no technical surprises. The engine would be a development of the slant-four Dolomite engine, initially coming with a four-speed gearbox (developed from the Morris Marina unit) and live rear axle. The option of a Triumph straight-six powered version was dropped in favour of the use of the Rover V8 engine, which at the time, was being used in the Rover P6B, P5B and Range Rover.
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