Bentley Brooklands

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Bentley Brooklands
Overview
Manufacturer Bentley Motors Limited
Production 1992–1998
2008–2010
Model years 1993-1998
2008-2010
Assembly Crewe, England
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Layout Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
Chronology
Predecessor Bentley Mulsanne S
Successor Bentley Arnage

The Bentley Brooklands is a full-size luxury car introduced for 1992 as a replacement for the Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley Eight models. It was intended as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Bentley Turbo R, featuring the same styling, underpinnings and the Rolls-Royce 6.75-litre V8 engine, but without the more powerful model's turbocharger.

The Brooklands was replaced by the Bentley Arnage in 1998. At the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, Bentley resurrected the Brooklands nameplate for a two-door, four-seat coupé to be built for the 2008 model year.

1992–1997 Brooklands[edit]

Bentley Brooklands (1992–1997)
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Bentley Brooklands
Overview
Production 1992–1998
Model years 1993-1998
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
Related Bentley Eight
Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
Powertrain
Engine 6.75 L 300 hp Bentley V8
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase SWB: 3,061 mm (120.5 in)
LWB: 3,162 mm (124.5 in)
Length 1996-98 LWB: 211.8 in (5,380 mm)
1993-95 SWB: 207.5 in (5,270 mm)
1993-95 SWB: 5,268 mm (207.4 in)
1996-98 LWB: 5,370 mm (211.4 in)
Width 1992-95: 1,887 mm (74.3 in) (w/mirrors: 2,007 mm (79.0 in))
1995-98: 1,914 mm (75.4 in) (w/mirrors: 2,111 mm (83.1 in))
Height 1,486 mm (58.5 in)

The Brooklands continued Bentley's relatively angular design theme, which was also used on contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicles, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. The exterior design featured the classic Bentley waterfall grille as well as dual headlights with wraparound parking lights. As in many Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicles, the Brooklands also featured the trademark descending bootlid and chrome B-pillars.

The interior remained relatively unchanged from previous Bentley models, with more curvaceous design elements surrounding the leather-wrapped centre console. The steering wheel and interior door panels remained largely unchanged; the major change arrived in the form of relocating the gear selector to the centre console - for decades the standard practice among R-R and Bentley models utilised a steering column mounted selector. The interior continued to be surrounded by ample woodgrain which featured engraved, lighter-colored outlines on the door panels.

In the U.S. prices for the Brooklands started at around $156,500.

Technical specifications (1992–1997)[edit]

The 1992–1997 Brooklands was driven by a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce V8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle was rear-wheel drive, and featured independent front and rear suspension. While not as large as some other ultra-luxury cars, the Brooklands remained quite large with an overall length of 5,370 millimetres (211.4 in) and wheelbase of 3,162 millimetres (124.5 in) (5,268 millimetres (207.4 in) and respectively 3,061 millimetres (120.5 in) in SWB trim).

2008-2011 Brooklands Coupé[edit]

Bentley Brooklands Coupé (2008–2011)
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Overview
Production 2008–2011
max. 550 units
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door pillarless coupé grand tourer
Related Bentley Arnage
Bentley Azure
Powertrain
Engine 6.75 L Bentley V8 twin-turbo, 530 hp (395 kW; 537 PS)/1050 Nm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,116 mm (122.7 in)
Length 5,411 mm (213.0 in)
Width 1,900 mm (74.8 in) (w/mirrors: 2,125 mm (83.7 in))
Height 1,473 mm (58.0 in)
Kerb weight 2,650.5 kg (5,843 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Bentley Continental R
Bentley Continental T

The Bentley Brooklands Coupé is a coupe version of the Bentley Arnage. As a hand-assembled car made in very small numbers, employing traditional coach-building techniques and craftsmanship skills in wood and leather, the Brooklands Coupé is the true successor to the discontinued Bentley Continental R and T. Lifetime production is planned for 550 cars, and deliveries started in the first half of 2008.[1][2][3]

The Brooklands is powered by a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce twin-turbocharged OHV V8 engine,[3] producing 530 horsepower (395 kW)[3] and 1,050 newton metres (774 lbf·ft), the highest torque ever developed by a production V8 engine using petrol (there are diesel V8s producing more). It was featured on Top Gear in series 11 by Jeremy Clarkson, and due to the car having so much torque, one of the car's tires blew out during a powerslide after prolonged aggressive driving with its traction control off. It can achieve 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 km/h) in around 5.0 seconds,[3] and a top speed in the region of 296 kilometres per hour (183.9 mph).[3] With an optional Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite braking system with 14-inch SGL Carbon brake discs (only with 20-inch roadwheels),[3] the new Brooklands offers more stopping power than any other passenger vehicle currently available for purchase.

This coupé lacks a "B" pillar.

Specifications:

  • maximum rated motive power: 530 horsepower (395 kW; 537 PS)[3] at 4,000 rpm
  • maximum torque: 1,050 newton metres (774 lbf·ft) at 3,250 rpm
  • 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 km/h): 5.0 seconds[3]
  • 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62 mph): 5.3 seconds
  • Top speed: 296 kilometres per hour (183.9 mph)[3]
  • 0 to 100 miles per hour (0 to 161 km/h): 11.7 seconds


References[edit]

  1. ^ deLorenzo, Matt: "Ampersand: Bentley Brooklands", p.30, Road & Track, May 2007
  2. ^ "Bentley Brooklands Reference". Car Auto Portal Inc. CarAutoPortal.com. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2008 Bentley Brooklands Coupe". LeftLane. LeftLaneNews.com. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 

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