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.
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Longitudinal, Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive|
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|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Related||Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit|
|Engine||6.75 L Bentley V8|
6.75 L turbo Bentley V8 (since 1996)
|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)|
Bentley Mulsanne S
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 without the more powerful model's turbocharger.
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.
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).
In autumn of 1996 Brooklands received an update in a form of light-pressure turbo, boosting power output to 300 bhp.
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'.
|Designer||Bentley design team under Dirk van Braeckel|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door hardtop coupé|
|Engine||6.75 L twin-turbo Bentley L Series V8|
|Transmission||6-speed ZF automatic|
|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)|
|Predecessor||Bentley Continental R|
Bentley Continental T
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 coupé 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 Coupé 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.
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.
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