Page 1 of 1 Bristol Cars have always been designed and built without reference to normal cost constraints, yet few people realise that they are also notably inexpensive to operate, this characteristic undoubtedly being a part of the remarkable customer loyalty that the cars engender. In particular, depreciation on resale is kept low due to the vehicles' exclusivity and unique long life design. Out of pocket expenses have been minimised by our designers' obsessive attention to real economy of operation. For these reasons, a Bristol is an attractive economic proposition compared to any other car of similar first cost. With this tradition in mind, Bristol announced the Blenheim 3G, offering bi-fuel capability.
Bristol first made available an LPG option on new cars more than 25 years ago. The latest installation is a highly sophisticated one with a stand-alone computer and eight additional injectors for gas operation. By taking advantage of the superior anti-knock qualities of LPG, performance has been optimised to the point where no power loss can be discerned. Sensitive drivers may notice even greater smoothness of operation when running on gas. Since many owners already report a petrol consumption of 30 mpg at legal steady cruising speeds, LPG operation can provide the cost equivalent of around 50 mpg in the same condition which is startling for such a roomy, powerful car. Initial starting from cold utilises petrol, the system switching seamlessly to gas within the first mile of operation. Similarly, if the gas supply becomes exhausted while the driver forgets to switch to petrol the system automatically reverts to petrol and posts an audible warning. Thoughtful positioning of the twin LPG tanks ensures an 80 litre useable gas capacity yet the boot still easily accommodates oversized suitcases or golf clubs. By combining petrol and LPG operation, a range of up to 600 miles can be achieved.
Today's traffic conditions require a vehicle with compact overall dimensions to provide enjoyable, stress-free motoring. The Blenheim's major mechanical components are carefully laid out so that we may provide the interior width of a formal luxury car within the external width of a medium size saloon. A rare feature these days is a generous area of glass and slim pillars which give unrivalled outward vision. Combined with an unexpectedly tight turning circle the Blenheim allows brisk and enjoyable progress in traffic conditions and slips through gaps where traditional luxury saloons are often brought to a frustrating standstill.
It is not by chance that Bristol enjoys the reputation as a marque favoured by the most skilled and enthusiastic drivers. The Blenheim is unique among passenger cars in locating the entire engine and all major masses including spare wheel and battery within the wheelbase. This is essential, as it allows us to achieve not only the ideal front to rear weight balance but also the lowest possible centre of gravity and polar moment of inertia. The results may be felt every minute you drive - exceptional agility combined with imperturbable stability at speed and remarkable roadholding under all conditions. Bristol's power steering system, unlike most others, has been developed to provide a true feel of the road, varying its feedback faithfully according to the amount of road grip that is available. Whether it is being used as a luxury. Page 1 of 1