Lot 19: Bentley Turbo R
Bentley's Turbo R was unveiled at the 1985 Geneva Motor Show. It was based on the chassis of the Mulsanne and powered by a modified version of the engine from the Mulsanne Turbo. However, the newcomer proved to be rather more than the sum of its parts, causing the respected American magazine Motor Trend to describe it as, `the first Bentley in decades deserving of the famous name'. The chassis changes were especially key to the model's success. This was to be an unashamedly sporting model, requiring tauter suspension than the Mulsanne. The front anti-roll bar rate was therefore increased by a whopping sixty percent and that on the rear by no less than eighty percent. Tuned dampers replaced the standard units of the Mulsanne and a Panhard rod was fitted to limit lateral movement of the back axle. The 6750cc engine with Garrett AiResearch turbo was retuned with Bosch MK-Motronic fuel injection for increased torque. The result was a stump-pulling 487lbft - sufficient to launch the leviathan to 60mph in under six seconds and on to a top speed of around 150mph. Pre-1992 models drove through a three-speed automatic transmission, after which a four-speed unit was employed. Braking was by discs all round, ventilated at the front. In order to optimise traction and road holding, the Turbo R was equipped with wider tyres than the Mulsanne, which were mounted on alloy wheels - a first for the marque. The R was available with short (3,061 mm) or long (3,161 mm) wheelbase. One of the Rolls-Royce Group's best selling models, 4,653 short and 1,211 long wheelbase Turbo R's were produced between 1985 and 1995. Finished in Blue with Cream / White leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its bodywork, paintwork and interior trim, while he rates the engine and three-speed automatic transmission as "excellent". Reportedly possessing "full Bentley service history", `G576 FTW' is further understood to have been attended to "every 8,000 - 10,000 miles" with its last service being carried out "just 500 miles ago". Recently treated to new front tyres, this seemingly inexpensive Turbo R is taxed until September 30th this year and MOT'd into May 2012.
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
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|Engine capacity (cc)||6750|
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