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The Bristol Brigand was a sports car made by Bristol Cars, made between 1982 and 1993. It was released in response to the Bentley Mulsanne.

Model history

The Brigand was presented simultaneously alongside the Bristol Britannia in October 1982.

Externally, the Brigand was largely similar to the Britannia. The only distinguishing features were a raised section on the hood and standard alloy wheels from Wolfrace. The car was largely fitted with a 5.9-liter eight-cylinder engine from Chrysler, which the Bristol 603 used. The Brigand had an updated version of this engine, equipped with a turbocharger which was fitted by Rotomaster. The powerful engine gave the Bristol excellent performance.

A test of the British magazine Motor Sport from January 1984 showed the following performance:

  • Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h): 6.0 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 159 mph (255 km/h)

The purchase price of the Bristol Brigand in 1984 was £49,000, which was £3,000 more expensive than a Britannia. It was produced up until 1993 due to the difficulty in finding buyers. A significant problem was the exhaust emissions of the turbocharged engine. This design could not be fitted with a catalyst to help the issue.

Bristol Brigands are much sought after classic cars that have significantly higher prices than a Britannia.

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