Bentley Continental R Wiki

Bentley Continental R – Main Details

Launched: 1991Engine: V8
Power: 325 hp (242 kW; 325 bhp) at 4000rpmTorque: 450 lb⋅ft (610 N⋅m) at 2000rpm
Top Speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)0-60 mph (0-97 kmh): 6.6 s
Replaces: TBCDid you know: TBC

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R – BRINGING BENTLEY BACK FROM THE BRINK

Bentley’s Continental R debuted in 1991 as part of the company’s efforts to re-invigorate the brand. After nearly two decades of stale, re-branded Rolls-Royces, the Continental R marked the return to unique, sporting models built under the Bentley name. As such, the “R” in the name stands for “roadholding,” harkening back to the athletic post-war Bentleys that set the standard for the brand. Indeed, while all of its models shine, Bentley seems to particularly excel in the arena of high-end, sporty luxury coupes. That’s why this model was so important to the brand’s efforts to forge its identity in the early 90s.

MECHANICALS

Under the bonnet is a turbocharged, 6.75-litre Bentley V8 borrowed from the Turbo R.  While official power ratings were not released, in typical Rolls-Royce fashion, estimates pegged this engine at 325bhp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Along with that prodigious power, Bentley also gave the Continental R plenty of other performance features. Parts that today sound commonplace were cutting-edge back in 1991 when this model was new. The list includes an adaptive hydraulic suspension, a sport button, and ventilated disc brakes. Of course, the Continental R was positively dripping with the luxury accoutrements expected from the brand, so this is no lightweight sports car. Even so, reviewers delighted in the car’s finely-calibrated handling.

CONTINENTAL R PRICE AND PRODUCTION

While new model years invariably brought minor changes, 1996 Continental Rs were given a thorough update. Some of the new features included 60 more horsepower and 100 more torques. This brought the top speed of the big coupe up to 155mph, while the 0 to 60mph time dropped from 6.6 to under 6 seconds.

Bentley Continental R Wiki – Technical Specification

PERFORMANCE
0-100 km/h6.6 s
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed145 mph (233 km/h)
ENGINE
TypeV8
Overall displacementTBC
Max. power output*325 hp (242 kW; 325 bhp) at 4000rpm
Max. torque*450 lb⋅ft (610 N⋅m) at 2000rpm
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
LengthTBC
WidthTBC
HeightTBC
Dry weight**TBC
FUEL CONSUMPTION/CO2 EMISSIONS
TBC

Bentley Continental R Image Gallery

Source: Bentley

Photo Gallery Credits: RM Sotheby’s.

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