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Bristol, The Weirdly British Carmaker, Is Back With BMW Engines

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Low-volume British luxury car manufacturer Bristol Cars confirmed that their new performance car debuting later this year will come with a BMW engine. Which makes all the sense in the world.

The car they call “Project Pinnacle” will be the first new Bristol in more than a decade. Also:

A 70th anniversary celebration model, referencing Bristol Cars’ rich heritage and executed as a modern take on the best of British craftsmanship, engineered to excite and satisfy as a high performance Bristol car.


Bristol went down in 2011, but was bought up immediately by the Kamkorp group, who also own Frazer-Nash Research Limited, a company that develops electric and range-extended electric drivetrains. Does this mean we will see hybrid Bristols in the future? Almost certainly.

But before anything like that could surface, Bristol will launch a sports car with a BMW engine, which is fitting since not only do they both have round logos which make the switch easy, but the first Bristol cars were also not much more than BMW copies, while fellow British sports car maker Morgan has been a satisfied BMW customer since 2000.


No matter what you think of Bristols, remember that diversity is a beautiful thing and the world has lost enough carmakers already. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for this one.

Photo credit: BMW

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