ⓘ Bentley Brooklands

                                     

ⓘ Bentley Brooklands

Bentley Brooklands is the name of two distinct models manufactured by British automobile manufacturer Bentley Motors. The first Brooklands was a full-size luxury saloon, launched in 1992 to replace the Bentley Mulsanne and in turn succeeded by the Bentley Arnage in 1998.

Bentley resurrected the nameplate in 2007 with the Brooklands Coupe, a 2-door, 4-seater hardtop coupe version of the Azure made between 2008 and 2011 in limited numbers.

These cars were named after the Brooklands banked race track in Surrey, where Bentley obtained some of its greatest triumphs in the 1920s and 1930s.

                                     

1. Brooklands 1992–1998

The Bentley Brooklands was introduced in 1992 as a replacement for the Bentley Mulsanne S 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 initially without the more powerful models turbocharger. A turbocharged version appeared in 1996.

The Brooklands continued Bentleys 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.

                                     

1.1. Brooklands 1992–1998 1996 update

In autumn of 1996 Brooklands received an update in a form of light-pressure turbo, boosting power output to 300 bhp.

                                     

1.2. Brooklands 1992–1998 Brooklands R

In 1998, there also was a Brooklands R derivative available, with suspension upgrade borrowed from Turbo R model and with a light-pressure turbo, that should be seen as a replacement for standard Brooklands. Cars were badged as Brooklands R.

                                     

2. Brooklands 2008–2011

The second Bentley Brooklands is a fixed-head version of the Bentley Azure itself related to the Bentley Arnage, featuring a two-door, four-seater pillarless hardtop coupe body, eliminating the B-pillars. It was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, to be built for the 2008 model year. As a hand-assembled car made in very small numbers, employing traditional coach-building techniques and craftsmanship skills in wood and leather, the Brooklands Coupe was the true successor to the discontinued Bentley Continental R and T. Planned lifetime production was limited at 550 cars, and deliveries started in the first half of 2008.

                                     

2.1. Brooklands 2008–2011 Specifications

The Brooklands is powered by a 6.75-litre Bentley L Series twin-turbocharged OHV V8 engine, producing 530 bhp 395 kW; 537 PS at 4.000 rpm and 1.050 N⋅m 774 lb⋅ft at 3.250 rpm, at the time the highest torque ever developed by a production petrol V8 engine. The engine was linked to a reinforced 6-speed ZF torque converter automatic, with a Tiptronic manual gear selection function.

A Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide C/SiC ceramic composite braking system with 14-inch SGL Carbon brake discs was optional, with 20-inch wheels only.