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BRISTOL Blenheim 1994-1998

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic
Production years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Bristol cars were not about creating new vehicles and charging the market with outstanding models but creating exclusive vehicles for those who appreciated British cars.

While it wasn't very keen on introducing new models, the British manufacturer still had to comply with new rules and regulations, forcing it to upgrade its vehicles to sell them. Thus, in 1994, Bristol dismissed the former Britannia model produced between 1982 and 1994 with the Blenheim. The new model took its nameplate from a former famous British bomber built during WWII.

The vehicle's overall shape was not much different than of its predecessor or even its grandfather, the Bristol 603, which was introduced in 1976. It featured the same long hood with a spare wheel hidden behind the front left fender. In addition, the Blenheim sported a front fascia with four round headlights that resembled those installed in the Ford Capri. Bristol designed the vehicle using the same three-box shape from the 603 but refined it with new, flush door handles. At the back, the corner-mounted taillights flanked the trunk's lid.

Inside, the car manufacturer counted on high-quality materials utilized for the seats, dashboard, and door panels. It used fine leather and gloss-finish wood trims for most of the panels. The British bombers inspired the dashboard's design, with a logical layout in front of the driver. But then, the design team needed to find a way to install the new audio equipment and place it atop the dashboard. So even though it didn't look delicious, it was a logical decision.

Under the hood, Bristol finally made its step into the fuel-injected era. It provided the Blenheim with a Chrysler 5.9-liter V8 paired with a four-speed automatic gearbox.

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BRISTOL Blenheim 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  1 gasoline engine
  • 5.9 V8 4AT (231 HP)
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BRISTOL Blenheim Brochure

BRISTOL Blenheim 5.9 V8 4AT (231 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.9 V8 4AT (231 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
5898 cm3
Power
169.9 KW @ 4000 RPM
231 HP @ 4000 RPM
228 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
325 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
440 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/70 - R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.4 in (4862 mm)
Width
68.7 in (1745 mm)
Height
56.6 in (1438 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.1/56.6 in (1,425/1,438 mm)
Wheelbase
114 in (2896 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.1 cuFT (541 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.42
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3891.2 lbs (1765 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
13.8 mpg US (17 L/100Km)
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