1997 Bentley Brooklands Turbo
It makes sense that the Bentley Brooklands' very name conjures up racing and endurance record heritage, referring to the first-purpose built motor racing course that didn't begin life as a horse race track. This Bentley is a hand-built car. Many hands and many more hours were required to build it, in much the same way that proper British automobiles were built from the outset. The classic lines and meticulous build put the car solidly into the executive class, yet the performance of the sporting automobile is there.
Difficult as it may seem to think of a car with a $156,000 manufacturer suggested retail price as an entry-level car, this is what the Brooklands was in the Rolls-Royce hierarchy. Comparisons to executive class touring cars from Bavaria, England, or even Japan are numerous, yet none of these automobiles possesses the flat-out exclusivity of a Bentley. There is no equal to a Bentley.
Modern technology and well-sorted engineering put the 6.75-liter, Cadillac-derived and Rolls-Royce-refined V-8 under the hood of the Brooklands. Beginning in 1997-the engine was enhanced further with what Bentley called "light turbocharging" .
The most substantial change in the cabin from the Mulsanne and Eight was the relocation of the gearshift lever from the steering column to a center console that swept up into the dashboard and put the traditional "walk-through" console to rest. Beginning in the 1994 model year, driver and passenger side airbags became standard, and the seats were redesigned for even greater comfort.
$19,995 CDN + TAXES. FULLY CERTIFIED
Engine: 90-degree OHV V-8, aluminum block with cast-iron wet liners and aluminum heads, 6,750cc
Horsepower: 300 @ 4,000 RPM*
Torque: 446-lbs ft @ 2,000 RPM*
Transmission: Four-speed automatic with torque converter and electronic control
0-60 MPH: Approx. 8 seconds
Top speed: 130 MPH