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BXR reveals its garage-built Bailey Blade XTR supercar


November 14, 2013

After years of work, the Bailey Blade XTR debuts

After years of work, the Bailey Blade XTR debuts

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As promised earlier this year, BXR Motors has revealed the Bailey Blade XTR, a garage build turned visceral supercar. After working well into the 11th hour to ready the 750-hp sports car, BXR debuted it at last week's SEMA Show.

BXR classifies the Blade XTR as the "reinvented American machine" developed out of the vision of an "average American man." We took a closer look at the inspiration and development behind this project in our original look at the Blade XTR. The news here is that the design is progressing as scheduled, with BXR stating that it's aiming to have it ready for sale by late 2014.

BXR brought two Bailey Blade XTR models to Las Vegas, showing the car as both a working red prototype and a non-powered pearlescent white show car. The powered model features a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine drawing the assistance of twin turbochargers for 750 hp. The engine works in concert with a six-speed manual transmission that presents itself to the driver in the form of a short-throw Tremec shifter.

That combination pushes the car to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in approximately 3.2 seconds, and BXR estimates that the car will go well over 200 mph (322 km/h). The company is careful to stress that the car is more about performing around road and track than about achieving staggeringly high speeds. It's thrown down a bit of a gauntlet, claiming that the car will outperform many existing supercars in this regard.

Since we first looked at the Blade XTR in May, BXR has tweaked or clarified a few of the specs. The car is now listed with a Kevlar-composite body as standard and a carbon fiber version listed as optional. It has a slightly heavier weight range of 2,400 to 2,800 lb (1,089 to 1,270 kg) and a 55-45 weight distribution. The four-wheel independent suspension system uses electronic variable coil over with 8-millisecond damping and rebound adjustability.

BXR says that the specs may get tweaked further as the launch date draws closer. If you're interested in following along, the company has an in-depth YouTube channel documenting each step of the process.

The car looks largely the same as it did in May, but it has undergone a few changes, including the modification or removal of vents around the body. The big news out of SEMA is the reveal of the interior, a cozy combination of double-stitch leather and synthetic Ultraleather. The center stack is dominated by an oversized 13-inch touchscreen that keeps the driver connected to navigation, entertainment, air conditioning and engine management.

BXR tells us that the XTR will start at US$250,000 when it hits the market.

Source: BXR Motors

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The design as a whole is confusing, quality is questionable and its only saving grace is the horsepower. For $250k I don't think you'll find that many suckers for a automobile that should be bought as a kit car at best (for much MUCH less).


Neat! How much for a RHD version for other markets? They definitely need to design a convertible model for 2015 though, once sales or pre-order queries warrant the effort.

The Skud

WOW - looks like a Viper from the front, but that build quality? Looks very much like the build you'd expect from a TVR. It will last about as long as it takes to run out of warranty then start to fall apart. The fit of the leather is shocking.


Well, my first impression is that a retired designer from Detroit went to work as a high school shop class instructor. ....and got the kids to build his dream car.

Bruce Williams
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