26 August 2019

More than an old car #115: Bentley Turbo R

Although you may know that I prefer common workhorses, I do appreciate rarities from time to time such as this 1990 Bentley Turbo R! I did not recognise what Bentley it was initially, only that it looked old. After further research, it turned out to be a rather uncommon gem...

The Turbo R, first introduced in 1985, was derived from its predecessor, the Mulsanne Turbo. However, the R (which incidentally stands for "Roadholding") ended up being more popular than the original Turbo due to its superior road handling, such as increasing the stiffness of the anti-roll bars and further anchoring of the rear frame. In 1989, a facelift saw the introduction of quad round headlights (compared to squarish ones previously) and a more pronounced front spoiler.

It was powered by a 6750 cc Bentley V8 engine, allowing it to reach a top speed of 225 km/h, with an acceleration of 7.4 seconds [0-100 km/h]. As with most high-end luxury cars at that time, the Turbo R was quite long at 5278 mm and weighed in at 2410 kg. Its fuel consumption was naturally on the higher end, coming in at 25.6 litres per 100 km.

Production of the Turbo R ended in 1997 with 4,458 made, of which 2,175 were in RHD. However, I believe this is the only unit left in Singapore: when the 1st owner sold the car back in 2011, it only had 2905 km of mileage! Evidently, it was not driven much and well taken care of. Old Bentleys give off a very classy yet unassuming vibe, which I feel differs from a Rolls Royce. I don't know whether you'll get to see this someday, but perhaps you may chance upon it randomly...?

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