2018 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

1997 Bentley Brooklands V8 'Turbo' Saloon


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Engine 6.7 litre Turbocharged V8
Gearbox Four-speed Automatic
Body Work Saloon
Colour Royal Ebony Metallic
Interior Grey & Burgundy
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast alloy
Brakes Disc/disc


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The first iteration of the Bentley Brooklands was introduced in 1992 as a replacement for the Bentley Mulsanne S and Bentley Eight models. It was intended as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Bentley Turbo R, featuring the same styling, underpinnings and the Rolls-Royce 6.75-litre V8 engine, but without the more powerful model's turbocharger. The Brooklands continued Bentley's angular design theme, which was also used on contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicles, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. The exterior design featured the classic Bentley waterfall grille as well as dual headlights with wraparound parking lights, trademark descending boot lid and chrome B-pillars. The interior remained like previous Bentley models, though with more curvaceous design elements surrounding the leather-wrapped centre console, and a major change in the form of relocating the gear selector to the centre console. For decades previously, the standard practice among R-R and Bentley models was to use a steering column mounted selector. The interior continued to feature ample woodgrain which was engraved with lighter-coloured outlines on the door panels. Produced until 1997, this first Brooklands Bentley was powered by a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce V8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission.