Bristol Cars may come alive yet again

17-01-2021 10:30
Automaker Bristol Cars turned 76 years old not long ago, and it has decidedly seen better times. The marque was proclaimed dead back in 2011, was brought back by Kamkorp Group, but failed again in March 2020. Things may look bleak for the loyal fans of the brand, but there is now hope – again.

Automaker Bristol Cars turned 76 years old not long ago, and it has decidedly seen better times. The marque was proclaimed dead back in 2011, was brought back by Kamkorp Group, but failed again in March 2020. Things may look bleak for the loyal fans of the brand, but there is now hope – again.

Jason Warton, an aficionado of Bristol vehicles, bought out the relevant production equipment and rights and is currently planning on acquiring the document archive as well. This should enable him to bring a couple of old models back to the market along with an all-new one. By 2030, the company plans to switch to all-electric powertrains.

The Bristol Fighter (see video) came out in 2004 through 2011 and packed a Dodge Viper V10 8.0. The engine offered between 532 and 1,026 PS (525–1,012 hp; 391–755 kW) of thrust and between 712 and 1,405 Nm (525 – 1,036 lb-ft) of torque. It could reach 362 km/h (225 miles per hour) in a straight line and came equipped with gullwing doors and two seats.

The Bristol 411 (Series 6) emerged in 2009 and was produced until 2011. It was nearly five meters (16.4 feet) long and had four seats. It shared its 5.9-liter naturally aspirated Magnum V8 with the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee, but benefited from a considerable power increase. The original engine produced 249 PS (246 hp / 183 kW) and 468 Nm (345 lb-ft) of torque, while its Bristol version made 400 PS (394 hp / 294 kW) and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque. Getting from zero to 100 km/h took 6.4 seconds, and the top speed lay at 250 km/h (155 miles per hour).

If everything goes according to plan, then both abovementioned models will get significant updates next year, landing with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engines, eight-speed A/T, and state-of-the-art suspension and brakes.

The all-new Bristol Buccaneer will combine classical looks with a four-seat cabin and rear wheel drive. It should emerge in four years’ time, and no other information is available on it yet.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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