Lot 286 - 1991 Bentley Turbo R
|Odometer reading||88,848 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
The Bentley Turbo R was a high-performance model produced by Bentley Motors Limited. It initially inherited the turbocharged engine from the Mulsanne Turbo and also sported a retuned suspension and wider tyres on alloy wheels, quite a departure for a Bentley. From the 1987 model year, however, the Turbo R's V8 engine was retuned with new Bosch MK-Motronic fuel injection for added torque. Other modifications carried out at the same time included new sports seats and a higher rear axle ratio. Motor Trend called the Turbo R 'the first Bentley in decades deserving of the famous name' in their review of the car on its introduction to the United States in 1989.
The suspension changes, though seemingly subtle, transformed the heavy car into a real performer. Anti-roll bar rates were increased by 60% at the front and 80% at the rear and tuned dampers were added. A Panhard rod was also introduced, reducing side-to-side movement in corners. Spring rates remained the same as on the Mulsanne. Although official figures were never provided by Rolls-Royce, Motor Trend estimated the power output at 296bhp with 486lb/ft of torque. The Turbo R slotted above the Bentley Mulsanne S and Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and it carved a well deserved niche in the world of performance saloons.
This lovely example is presented in metallic blue with the wonderful classic combination of cream leather interior. It comes with a full history from new including 23 main agent stamps and a few specialist stamps. The previous owner has just spent in the region of £10,000 on the car, with some work carried out by the well-known Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist Chelsea Workshop. These models possess poise and grace in bundles, with performance to match and this is a great opportunity to enter the world of luxury motoring for less than the price of a VW Golf!
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