Bentley Turbo R
ENGINE 6750cc/V8/OHV POWER 384bhp@4000rpm TORQUE 553lb ft@3450rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 150mph 0-60MPH 6.0sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 11-16mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOMETER 48,400 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
The big V8 is muted and refined and acceleration is astonishing, with no worrying mechanical noises. It moves cleanly through the gears and kickdown is effective enough from middling speeds to fire the car like a well-appointed missile. The ride is firm but soaks up rough roads effectively and silently. The power-assisted steering is fairly heavy and not terribly feelsome, but there’s no play in the system. The brakes are astonishing; the car halts almost dead during an emergency stop.
The panels are free from damage or corrosion, and there is an even, deep shine to the British Racing Green paint. Damage is limited to a small scratch on the near side door mirror and some stone chipping on the bonnet. There is no kerbing damage or flaking lacquer to the alloy wheels and all four wear deeply-treaded Michelin Pilot MX 255/55 ZR17 tyres. All exterior trim, including the chrome door handles and aluminium radiator grille, looks like new. The heavy doors close with a satisfying thunk.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
The tan leather is close to perfect – the expected light wear to the driver’s seat shows that it has not been re-coloured. The green Wilton carpet, which has been protected by thick green lambswool overmats since new, is untouched and the overmats themselves are also in fine shape. The matching leather across the doors, dashtop and roof looks like new, as do the walnut dash and door cappings, all of which are unmarked and have a deep shine. There are plenty of electric toys, all of which seem to work, including the steering wheel, which moves away as you turn off the ignition and returns when you fire it up again. In the boot the spare wheel is still in its bag and the as-new tool kit looks as though it has never been touched.
UNDER THE BONNET
The engine bay appears to have been largely undisturbed – routine maintenance aside – from new. There is no evidence of leaking water or oil and the car has been serviced by supplying dealer Jack Barclay from new. All previous MoTs are present within the history file and serve to confirm the low mileage. The motor fires instantly and the quiet idle and the air rushing through the engine bay are the loudest audible sounds.
THE CCW VIEW
As the last of the shorter wheelbase Turbo Rs, this is a nicely proportioned car which has evidently been well-maintained and cared for. It drives as it should and its low mileage and overall condition suggest that this is one of the best of its type currently available. Its previous owner only sold it because of increasingly stringent emissions rules in the city he lives in.