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Thursday 25th October 2001


BRISTOL 3S

The sporty car for old English gents in tweed jackets

Click to enlarge...Exactly 55 years ago, Bristol’s first car, the 400, was announced to critical acclaim. To mark this important milestone in the company's history they have announced the introduction of an additional model complementing the current Blenheim 3 Saloon (which remains in full production).

The new car, the Blenheim 3S is the 'sports' model. Externally, the ‘S’ model can be immediately differentiated by its 16" five spoke alloy wheels. Larger section, lower profile tyres are fitted and the rear track has been widened by a full two inches for improved stability. The lower part of the rear body has been subtly widened to disguise the track increase and four low restriction exhaust outlets are visible below the rear valence. Six additional standard colours, Le Mans Green, Goodwood Blue, Cambridge Grey, Sahara Gold, Jet Black and Copper Beech are available.

Underneath

Less obvious to the naked eye but just as important to the car’s enhanced performance are the fitment of four piston front brake callipers and a brake servo system offering improved pedal feel. A stiffer front anti roll bar is combined with adjustable dampers offering a revised ratio of bump to rebound damping so as to better control body movements during enthusiastic motoring (you can just see one of these hurtling around on a track day). To complement these changes, the firmness of the power steering can be tailored during vehicle build to suit the taste of the individual owner.

Inside

Click to enlarge...Interior changes for the Blenheim 3S are subtle. By arranging the leather seat pleating to run vertically instead of horizontally, the lateral support has been further enhanced without incurring any unsightly creases in the soft and flawless Connolly leather. It also has the added benefit that it doesn't trap the crumbs from your bacon buttie.

Tooled leather Bristol motifs appear on the front seat backs as well as contrasting leather piping for the Wilton carpets. Extra soundproofing and a revised exhaust mounting arrangement add a further degree of running refinement.

More Power

Click to enlarge...Big valve cylinder heads have been used on the V8 to release more power along with a more free-flowing exhaust. The barge can now reach 60mph in a respectable 5.4 seconds.

Elderly men in tweed jackets please form an orderly queue with your £152,456.25 (including VAT).

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