Bent­ley Turbo

ENGINE 6750cc/V8/OHV POWER 300bhp@5000rpm TORQUE 350bhp@2000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 128mph 0-60MPH 7.0sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 11-16mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 59,000 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nathan Chad­wick

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The 6.75-litre V8 awak­ens with an earnest thrum and set­tles to a re­laxed, su­per-soft bur­ble. This is a long wheel­base model, de­signed to be chauf­feured in. If you’re very tall you may struggle to get com­fort­able be­hind the non-ad­justable steer­ing wheel. There’s no hes­i­ta­tion through the au­to­matic gear­box, and no pres­ence of slop or dead zones in the steer­ing. There are no groans or clonks from the sus­pen­sion and bumps are smoothed over like honey on a freshly-toasted crum­pet.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The Sher­wood Green me­tal­lic paint looks states­man­like in the sun and has sur­vived the last 23 years well. There are a few scuffs here and there, but there’s no cor­ro­sion around the door han­dles, whee­larches or sills. The chrome presents well, with no cloud­ing or stone chips to the trade­mark vast grille. There are no cracks to the glass, and the lights are equally free of blemishes. The Bent­ley wears matched Avon Tur­boSpeed tyres, and all have a good level of tread re­main­ing. The al­loy wheels are in good con­di­tion, with no ev­i­dent cor­ro­sion or kerb­ing. The only ob­vi­ous blem­ish is a spot of lac­quer scuff to one of the front whee­larches.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The cabin trim – com­pris­ing light stone leather piped dark green, a dark green dash top, beige Wil­ton car­pets and green lamb­swool over­mats – is in gen­er­ally good con­di­tion. There are a few marks here and there on the dash­board but noth­ing to be overly con­cerned about. There’s also a spot of out-of­date tech­nol­ogy to savour – the Alpine satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem would have cost its first owner some­thing in the re­gion of £6000 back in the 1990s. It no longer works – the satel­lite prob­a­bly went AWOL some time ago – but the rest of the electrics work per­fectly and the air con­di­tion­ing blows plenty of icy cold air. Most im­por­tantly, the wood is in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion, with none of the cracks or lift­ing ve­neers that of­ten blight Bent­leys and Roll-Royces of this era.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The vast engine bay presents well – it’s not in con­cours con­di­tion, though it wouldn’t take much ef­fort to get it there. All the flu­ids are to max­i­mum and none leaked dur­ing our test. The car comes with a vast amount of doc­u­men­ta­tion, with full Rolls-Royce ser­vice his­tory that backs up the mileage, along with pa­per­work point­ing to reg­u­lar oil changes and reg­u­lar gen­eral care and main­te­nance.

THE CCW VIEW

There are just 230 Bent­ley Turbo RLs left on the road, and it’s hard to imag­ine that many will present quite as well as this one. Plus, 300bhp of tur­bocharged thrust in a Bent­ley is al­ways en­dear­ing, and this one’s been very well looked af­ter.

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