Berkeley is an automotive manufacturer that eludes the understanding of a large portion of the genre’s connoisseurs. Over 60 years ago, the brand introduced an interesting — albeit, “ahead of its time” — platform known as the Bandit. Sadly, this small, sleek, and otherwise aesthetically-pleasing car that would flounder, disappearing with the company as it shut its doors a short time after release. Now, the brand has announced that its classic Bandit platform will make a dramatic return sometime in 2021.
The reemergence of Berkeley comes at a time where the revitalization of defunct manufacturers is at an all-time high, signaling a new era for coachbuilders hoping to capitalize on the trendiness of heritage-inspired platforms. As such, the Bandit returns as a direct homage to the sporty, compact nature of the original. What’s interesting, however, is that the car will debut with a new, plant-based composite chassis, as well as an electric powertrain that boasts motors and batteries developed for the company’s AirRaceE electric pylon platforms. If you’re a petrol lover, never fear — both the roadster and GT variants also arrive with a 400-horsepower, 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, should you so desire. Head to the company’s website to keep tabs on the stylish Berkeley Bandit as it approaches its launch.