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Bentley Turbo R T2 T-Series and Arnage Classic Cars

Updated on April 4, 2014

The Bentley Turbo R and it's Siblings: T2, T-Series & Continental

I have come to that time of life when I need to buy a "sensible car"; one with four doors, so after much procrastination and test driving I have chosen The Bentley Turbo R. It doesn't have the acceleration of my previous sports cars, but does an excellent effort when you consider its girth, aided by the monstrous turbo-charged 6.75 litre Rolls Royce V8 engine.

The Bentley Turbo R was one of the last of the old Bentleys, from the era before the company was taken over by VW, based on the Bentley Mulsanne, which itself was based on a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit/Silver Spur, but with a sportier pedigree. The Bentley Arnage that followed (named after a corner at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race), the first of the VW ownership cars, is similar and arguably more attractive and still has the wonderful old Rolls Royce Engine, but now even that has been replaced with the new Bentley Mulsanne (named after the very fast Mulsanne Straight at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race) which is a direct rival of the Rolls Royce Phantom

Here is my review of this relatively inexpensive luxury classic car and some books on the subject.

Bentley's History

Bentley Arnage
Bentley Arnage

Bentley's troubled history began in 1919 and the company created many wonderful and iconic cars from the early 3-litres, the 6.5 litre Speed Sixes and 4.5 litre 'Blowers' of the late 1920s to the 8-litre of 1930. Bentley was also famous for dominating Le Mans 24 hour Race for several years.

The Bentley Turbo R

Bentley Turbo R
Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R is a strange beast from a different time before I was born. Rolls Royce took over the bankrupt Bentley company and sold cheaper Bentley badged versions of their ultimate luxury car, the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. This car was called the T-Series and was identical apart from the front grill.

Bentley T-Series and T2

Bentley T2
Bentley T2

Despite the huge engine the T-Series and T2 really weren't sporting cars deserving of the Bentley badge. That all changed, however, once they started adding turbo chargers to the antiquated engine in the 1980s.

The T2 makes a wonderful classic car however, despite really being a Rolls Royce with a sporty badge, especially if you want style and quality rather than performance. An excellent wedding hire car perhaps. The TV presenter James May from BBCs Top Gear famously owned an immaculate 1980 Bentley T2 and gave it away as a prize in a competition in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Bentley Arnage
Bentley Arnage

The Bentley Arnage

The Bentley Arnage is still in production today, with cleaned up modern lines and an incredible 450bhp and 645 lb ft of torque. The Arnage name comes from a notorious corner at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race held in France each June.

Bentley Turbo R
Bentley Turbo R

Driving the Turbo R

This car is huge and old, but beautifully finished with acres of the finest wood and leather. The engine has such huge character and outrageous torque. The enormous weight of the body is no problem for this engine. The driving position is quite high and handling is perhaps not up to modern competition, but that really isn't the point.

Bentley T-Series, T2, Turbo R, Continental and Arnage Performace

1965 to 1977 Bentley T-Series Performance and Other Figures:

The early Bentley T-Series cars had the old Rolls Royce engine (and body) and were quite slow by modern standards despite the 6.2 or 6.75 litre engine, but still a lovely luxury classic car.

V8 Alloy block and alloy head

Bore x Stroke: 104.1 x 91.4mm

Capacity: 6,230 / 6,750cc

Compression ratio: 9.0:1

Carburettors: 2 x SU

Four-Speed Automatic Gearbox

Body: L=16'11.5"; W=5'11"; H=5'

Max Speed: 115mph

0-60mph: 10.9s

Fuel Consumption: 14-18mpg

1971 to 1995 Bentley Corniche and Continental - Performance etc :

The Corniche was the two-door version of the Rolls Royce and a Bentley version was also available. The Continental is the convertible version of the Corniche

V8 Alloy block and alloy heads

Bore x Stroke: 104.1 x 99.1mm

Capacity: 6,750cc

Compression ratio: 9.0:1

Carburettors: 2 x SU or 1 x Solex

Three-Speed Automatic Gearbox

Body: L=16'11.5"; W=6'0"; H=4'11" (Corniche)

Max Speed: 120mph

0-60mph: 9.6s

Fuel Consumption: 12-14mpg

1980 to 1992 Bentley Mulsanne and Mulsanne Turbo - Performance etc :

The Mulsanne wasn't as pretty as the T-Series (T1 and T2) with a squarer body, but a wonderful luxury car and the Mulsanne Turbo was really quite quick.

V8 Alloy block and alloy heads

Bore x Stroke: 104.1 x 99.1mm

Capacity: 6,750cc

Compression ratio: 9.0:1 (later 8.0:1 with fuel-injection); 8.0:1 for the turbo

Carburettors: 2 x SU then Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injection1 x Solex and a Garret Turbo charger for the turbo

Three-Speed Automatic Gearbox

Body: L=17' 5""; W=6' 2"; H=4'10.5"

Weight: 4,926lb

Max Speed: 120mph ;135mph (turbo)

0-60mph: 10.0s ;7.0 (turbo)

Fuel Consumption: 12-14mpg ; 13-15 mpg (turbo)

1991 to 2003 Continental R, S Azure (convertible) and Continental T - Performance etc :

There are quite a few different variants of the turbo R range, but these are the approximate figures

V8 Alloy block and alloy heads

Bore x Stroke: 104.1 x 99.1mm (two-valve per cylinder, push-rod)

Capacity: 6,750cc

Compression rato: 8.0:1

Bosch K-Monronic fuel-injection ; Garret Turbo charger for the T4

Four-Speed Automatic Gearbox

Body: L=17' 6""; W=6' 8.5"; H=4' 9.5"

Weight: 5,340lb (5,755lb for the convertible Azure)

Power: 385bhp to 408bhp @ 4,000

Torque: 590 lb ft at 2,000 (Continental T)

Max Speed: 151mph (to 170mph for Continental T)

0-60mph: 6.1s (5.7s for T)

Fuel Consumption: 12-14mpg

1998 to date Arnage - Performance etc :

The Arnage was lauched in 1998 after the BMW take-over of Rolls Royce with a new BMW 4.4 litre alloy V8 with 350 bhp and 413 lb ft of Torque, 150mph top speed and 0-60mph in 6.3s, but it wasn't popular with the customers. We want the old 6.75 litre monster, so the Arnage Red label was launched.

V8 Alloy block and alloy heads

Bore x Stroke: 104.1 x 99.1mm (two-valve per cylinder, push-rod)

Capacity: 6,750cc

Compression rato: 8.0:1

Bosch fuel-injection ; Garret Turbo charger for the T4, twin turbos on the R and RL

Four-Speed Automatic Gearbox

Body: L=17' 8""; W=7' 0.2"; H=4' 11.6"

Weight: 5,557lb

Power: 400bhp @ 4,000 (450bhp for the T)

Torque: 619 lb ft at 2,150 (645 lb ft for the T)

Max Speed: 155mph (168 mph)

0-60mph: 5.9s (5.5s)

Fuel Consumption: 13-17mpg

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      Allan R. Wallace 5 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      This car is a great value and one I may buy when I settle down (if).

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I have always had a soft spot for older cars. I use to know an Author who wrote several books about her father's Model T cars. She was a very huge fan of them...needless to say. It has been so long ago that I do not even remember her name now, but she was a local in this area. Great Job, with this lens!!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Gorgeous car!