Best Auto Cars: Bentley Brooklands


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Bentley Brooklands

The Bentley Brooklands is a stunning new model that marks Bentley’s return to the luxury coupé market and reaffirms its reputation as creator of the world’s most exclusive coupés. It is the ultimate Bentley: a stylish, four-seat, grand touring coupe with classic British proportions and muscular performance. Bentley’s chairman Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen describes the motivation behind the new coupé: “Bentley’s proud sporting pedigree, forged by the exploits of the immortal ‘Bentley Boys’ on the famous Brooklands racetrack in the 1920s, was the inspiration for our new coupé, capturing all the style, power and splendour of that era.” Each Brooklands coupé will be hand-assembled, employing traditional coach-building techniques and the craftsmanship skills in wood veneer and leather hide for which Bentley is renowned. To ensure exclusivity, lifetime production will be strictly limited to just 550 cars, with start of deliveries in the first half of 2008.

As in every Bentley, peerless craftsmanship is to the fore, enhanced by the warmth and richness of the finest natural materials. To tailor for their individual requirements, customers may choose from an extensive palette of hides, veneers, carpet tones and seat belt colours. Its four-seat architecture and deeply bolstered seats lend the Brooklands’ interior a distinctly sporting atmosphere, complemented by design accents such as aluminium foot pedals and footrest. A new, single-piece, hide-trimmed roof lining flows uninterrupted from the front windscreen all the way to the rear of the car, mirroring the long, sleek profile of the elegant exterior. The interior designers sought to offer the very highest levels of comfort and legroom, in true Bentley grand touring tradition, while the pillarless window design enhances the feeling of space. Sporting design cues are matched by the phenomenal performance engineering of Bentley’s legendary Crewe-built V8 engine. 

The new engine endows the Brookland’s with true supercar performance, accelerating to 60mph in just  5.0 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds) on its way to a top speed of  184mph (296 km/h). In-gear acceleration times are also greatly enhanced, with the coupe capable of accelerating from 50 to 70mph in 2.4 seconds (80-120km/h in  3.1 seconds). That instantaneous acceleration is recognisable from the driver’s seat as the renowned Bentley ‘wave of torque’ and is due in part to the V8 engine’s new twin turbochargers which operate with far greater efficiency at lower engine speeds, significantly reducing lag. The V8 engine is mated to a six-speed transmission with locking torque converter that provides an instantaneous response to the driver’s demands. A semi-automatic function allows manual gear selection for even greater driver control and, when driven to its potential, means stronger and faster acceleration in every gear. The new Bentley Brooklands possesses the most powerful V8 the company has ever produced – a 530bhp, twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre unit that also produces a prodigious 1050Nm of torque.

Engine: 6.75L V8 
Horsepower: 530 bhp / PS 
Top Speed: 184 mph (296 km/h) 
Peak torque: 1050 Nm (744lb ft) 
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 5.0 sec (0-100 km/h in 5.3)

Retail Price: starting at 250,000 pounds (370,000 euros or 370,000 dollars MRSP)

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More information on: www.bentleymotors.com

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