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BRISTOL Blenheim 3G 2002-2011

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic
Production years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The last series product of the British car-manufacturer Bristol was the 2002 Blenheim. It was a new improvement over the original 1976 603 model, even if it wasn't the last model produced by Bristol.

The Bristol history had ups and downs. Its glory days were shared with BMW engines and even BMW shapes. That was after WWII and some vehicles even featured the BMW kidneys on the grille, but not the badge. Over time, the car manufacturer has decided to switch sides and bought the V8 engines from Chrysler.

In 1976, Zagato was employed to draw a new shape for the aged Bristol 411 Coupe. It retained the three-box design and imagined a silhouette of a 4-seats grand tourer. Its greenhouse was tall enough to accommodate comfortably two adult passengers in the rear. The car featured some modifications between 1976 and 2002, but it kept the same basics. Some slight touches here and there were made to make the car more appealing for its customers. The four rounded headlights and the redesigned grille were part of the change. In the rear, the Opel/Vauxhall Senator horizontally mounted taillights were new.

Inside, there were the same exclusive British materials. The 2002 model featured the same complicated dashboard design, inspired by the WWII aircrafts. The wood trims and the round air-vents were in total disharmony with the Radio-CD mounted on top of the center console, like it was a cheap replacement for the original equipment.

Under the hood, there was the same 5.9-liter V8 unit from Chrysler but upgraded to deliver 350 hp. It was mated to a standard 4-speed automatic transmission.

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BRISTOL Blenheim 3G 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  1 hybrid engine
  • 5.9L V8 4AT (350 HP)
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BRISTOL Blenheim 3G Brochure

BRISTOL Blenheim 3G 5.9L V8 4AT (350 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.9L V8 4AT (350 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
5898 cm3
Power
257.4 KW @ 5500 RPM
350 HP @ 5500 RPM
345 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
391 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
530 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
157 mph (253 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/70 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.7 in (4869 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
56.8 in (1443 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.7/56.5 in (1,415/1,435 mm)
Wheelbase
113.8 in (2891 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.1 cuFT (541 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3929 lbs (1782 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4927 lbs (2235 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.1 mpg US (18 L/100Km)
Highway
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Combined
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
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