Bentley Eight

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Bentley Eight
1989 Bentley Eight front left.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Bentley
Production 1984–1992
1,736 produced[1]
Assembly Crewe, United Kingdom
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout FR layout
Related Bentley Mulsanne
Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
Powertrain
Engine 6.75 L (411.9 cu in) Rolls-Royce V8[1]
Transmission 4-sp 4L80-E automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in)[1]
Length 5,310 mm (209.1 in)[2]
Width 1,890 mm (74.4 in)[2]
Height 1,490 mm (58.7 in)[2]
Kerb weight 2,320.2 kg (5,115 lb)[3]
Chronology
Successor Bentley Brooklands

The Eight was Bentley's "entry-level" offering from 1984 until 1992. Distinguished mainly by a wire-mesh grille radiator instead of vertical slats, the Eight also had somewhat less equipment than the similar Mulsanne on which it was based. This brought the introductory price to under the psychologically important £50,000 mark at the time of introduction, £6,000 less than the Mulsannne.[4] A firmer suspension offered slight handling improvements. The Eight was so popular that sales expanded from the original UK market to Europe and the United States.[1]

Model specification[edit]

Rear view (1987)

The Eight was introduced with cloth upholstery, steel wheels, and a mesh grille that was simpler than the slatted grille of the Mulsanne. Fuel injection and anti-lock brakes were added in 1986, leather upholstery and power memory seats were added in 1987, and automatic ride height adjustment was added in 1990. In Britain, catalytic converters became optional in 1990 – although they had been available long before in markets where such were required. The three-speed automatic transmission was replaced by a four-speed transmission in August 1992.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d K.-J. Rossfeldt. "Roßfeldt - Bentley Eight (1984 - 1992)". Rrab.com. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Octane: Model specs - 1984-1992 Bentley Eight Saloon". Classicandperformancecar.com. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  3. ^ "1989 Bentley Eight - Specifications". Conceptcarz.com. Daniel Vaughan. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  4. ^ Robson, Graham (November 2003), Bentley: A legend reborn (2nd ed.), Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, UK: Haynes (2010), p. 115, ISBN 978-1-84425-491-0 
  5. ^ Dawe, Jason (2002-11-17). "Bentley Eight". Times Online (London, United Kingdom: Times Newspapers). Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. 

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