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Bristol plans new model
Project Pinnacle will celebrate 70 years of Bristol cars with a new, BMW-powered model.
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What's all this about?

Bristol Cars has released a teaser about the company's return to car production and its first new model since the firm was taken over by Kamkorp in 2011. This year marks 70 years of Bristol Cars and a new model, codename Project Pinnacle, will be revealed in the autumn.

What do we know?

Before production ceased Bristol Cars used engines sourced from Chrysler for the Blenheim and Fighter. Today's announcement revealed that Project Pinnacle will use BMW power. Exactly which engine hasn't been specified but the choice represents a link with the origins of Bristol; before the switch to American power in 1961 the company used its own six-cylinder motor based on a pre-war BMW unit.

Do we know anything else?

The teaser photo accompanying the announcement shows front-end styling similar to that of Bristol's models from the 1950s. According to the announcement Project Pinnacle 'will be 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'. According to Autocar magazine, sources within Bristol Cars have confirmed that the price will be under 1 million. Further announcements are promised in the lead up to the car's launch.

To go with the new product the company has opened an additional showroom, opposite Bristol's long-standing home at 386 Kensington High Street.

John Lambert - 2 Jun 2015

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