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1980 1982 1984 1985 1987 1991 1995 1996 1998

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1980

Mulsanne

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car sedan type, produced from 1980 to 1987. The new Bentley promised to epitomise the very spirit of Bentley motoring by offering ample performance combined with complete comfort.

Technical Data:
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox optional
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control rear
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in), a long wheelbase was also available 3,161 mm (124,5 in)
  • Tyre size 235/70HR x 15

1982

mulsanne turbo

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car sedan type, produced from 1982 to 1985.  the Mulsanne Turbo marked the renaissance of Bentley as a marque in its own right, after years of essentially being rebadged Rolls-Royces. By adding a large Garrett AiRresearch turbocharger to the standard Mulsanne, for a 50% boost in power, Bentley created a motor car that was comparable to supercars of the period, such as the Aston Martin Lagonda and Ferrari 400i.

Technical Data:
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox
  • Solex 4-barrel downdraught carburettor, Garrett AiResearch turbocharger
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Girling hydraulic self-levelling ride control rear
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in), a long wheelbase was also available 3,161 mm (124,5 in)
  • Tyre size 235/70VR15

1984

Continental Convertible

This is a 2-door full-size luxury car convertible type, produced from 1984 to 1995. Like its illustrious forebears, the Continental represented the ultimate in bespoke coach-built motoring, designed to appeal to those discerning clients with the most refined of tastes, a well developed appreciation for the finer things of life and a refusal to accept anything less than the very best.

Technical Data:
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox optional
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control rear
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in)
  • Tyre size 235/70HR x 15

Eight

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car sedan type, produced from 1984 to 1992. The Eight was Bentley's "entry-level" offering, distinguished mainly by a wire-mesh grille radiator instead of vertical slats, it also had somewhat less equipment than the similar Mulsanne on which it was based.

Technical Data:
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox optional
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control rear
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in)
  • Tyre size 235/70HR x 15

1985

Turbo R

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car sedan type, produced from 1985 to 1998. The "R" stood for "roadholding", to set it apart from its predecessor.  It initially inherited the turbocharged engine from the Mulsanne Turbo and also sported a retuned suspension and wider tires on alloy wheels, a first for a Bentley.

Technical Data:
  • Solex 4-barrel downdraught carburettor type 4A1
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox (from 1992 4-speed automatic)
  • Garrett AiResearch turbocharger type TO4B
  • From 1986 Bosch MK-Motronic fuel injection (from 1990 Bosch K Motronic fuel injection and digital ignition, from 1995 Zytek EMS3 engine management system)
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Girling hydraulic self-levelling ride control rear
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs (from 1986 anti-locking brakes)
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in), a long wheelbase was also available 3,161 mm (124,5 in)
  • Tyre size 275/55VR15 (from 1986 255/65VR15 optional; from 1993 255/60 ZR 16; from 1994 255/55WR17)

1987

Mulsanne S / Mulsanne sl

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car sedan type, produced from 1987 to 1992. Firmer suspension enhanced the Bentley Mulsanne S' roadholding and interior features from the Bentley Turbo R were incorporated.

Technical Data:
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic gearbox
  • Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection (from 1990 Bosch K-Motronic fuel injection and ignition control system)
  • Independent suspension with front and rear coil springs
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control rear
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in), the long wheelbase Mulsanne SL 3,161 mm (124,5 in) was also available 
  • Tyre size 235/70 HR 15

1991

continental R

This is a 2-door full-size luxury car coupe type, produced from 1991 to 2003. The designation Continental R could be traced back to the Bentley Continental of the post-war period, whose legendary fame had resulted from the combination of a most impressive powertrain and highly attractive coachwork design and features of which had been specified by customers.

Technical Data:
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 3-speed automatic (from 1992 4-speed automatic)
  • Bosch K Motronic fuel injection and digital ignition (from 1995 Zytek EMS3 engine management system)
  • Independent suspension with front and rear with automatic ride control
  • Hydraulic self-levelling height control rear
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in)
  • Tyre size 255/60ZR16 (from 1994 tyre size 255/55WR17, from 1996 on special request 285/45R18)

1992

Brooklands

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car coupe type, produced from 1992 to 1998. Technical Data:The Bentley Brooklands benefited from micro-computer technology which controlled areas including the suspension, instrument displays and air-conditioning and the last series from 1996 were enhanced by the fitting of a light-pressure turbocharger. 

  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 4-speed automatic
  • Bosch MK Motronic fuel injection and ignition control system (from 1996 exhaust driven Garrett AiResearch turbocharger)
  • Independent suspension front and rear, self levelling with automatic ride control
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs with anti-lock device
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in)
  • Tyre size 235/70 R 15

1995

Azure Series 1 Convertible

This is a 4-door full-size luxury car convertible type, produced from 1995 to 2003. The Azure is a convertible that was unmatched, in performance and potency and one that is truly evocative.

Technical Data:
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 4-speed automatic
  • Zytek EMS3 digital engine control, exhaust driven Garrett AirResearch turbocharger with intercooler
  • Independent suspension front and rear with adaptive ride control
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs with anti-lock device
  • Wheelbase 3,061 mm (120.5 in)
  • Tyre size 255/55WR17

1996

Continental T

This is a 2-door full-size luxury car coupe type, produced from 1996 to 2002. This model was a short wheelbase version of the Continental R offering slightly more power and torque and tighter handling, at the expense of rear passenger leg room.

Technical Data:
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 4-speed automatic
  • Zytek EMS3 digital engine management, exhaust driven Garrett AirResearch turbocharger with intercooler
  • Independent suspension front and rear with adaptive ride control
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and plain rear discs with anti-lock device
  • Wheelbase 2,959 mm (116.5 in)
  • Tyre size 285/45R18 (from 1997 tyre size 285/45ZR18)

1998

Continental SC

This is a 2-door full-size luxury car coupe type, produced from 1998 to 2003. The eye-catching new feature was the styling of the new model in the form of Sedanca Coupé. This design had enjoyed a fine reputation during the 30ties and well into the 50ties as offering the pleasure of open touring with the added advantage of more torsional rigidity of the body than drop head coupés could achieve with their fold down top.

Technical Data:
  • 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration
  • Aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder head
  • 5-speed automatic gearbox
  • Zytek EMS3 digital engine management, exhaust driven Garrett AirResearch turbocharger with intercooler
  • Independent suspension front and rear with adaptive ride control
  • Ventilated disc brakes with anti-locking device 
  • Wheelbase 2,959 mm (120.5 in)
  • Tyre size 285/45R18