Sold for $22,000 at 2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction.
The Bentley Turbo R was introduced at the 1985 Geneva Motor Show, and brought with it the added refinement of suspension better suited to the car's increased performance. It was visually similar to the preceding Mulsanne Turbo, except for cast-alloy wheels, and a slightly updated interior. The Turbo R received a revised fascia with rev-counter included amongst the instrumentation.
Bentley broke with tradition for the Turbo R and made public the engine's power rating, stating it could produce 320 bhp and 475 lb/ft of torque. The Turbo R could race from zero-to-sixty in around 7 seconds with a top speed being achieved at 143 mph.
This Turbo R example was completed by hand at the Crewe Bentley works in October 1988. Since that time, it has been driven less than 36,000 miles from new and has been used sparingly by just one owner, Mr. William M. Keck. Ordered for Mr. Keck in June of 1988, the new Bentley Turbo R was built as it appears today, finished in Royal Blue over a parchment Connolly leather interior, trimmed with a matching dark blue piping and dash top, and dark blue carpets trimmed with parchment edges. The car was delivered to Mr. Keck in December 1988 through the Pasadena-based Rusnak Bentley agency.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2015
The car is powered by an overhead valve turbocharged V8 engine fitted with a Bosch Fuel Injection system and mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission.
The Bentley Turbo R was introduced at the 1985 Geneva Motor Show and produced from 1985 through 1997 with 7,230 examples produced. Shortly after the Turbo R was introduced, production of the Mulsanne Turbo ceased. The Turbo R was available in either short- or long-wheelbase form. It was a sporty vehicle, with its sport-tuned suspension, wide tires, alloy wheels, and turbo-charged engine that offered plenty of performance. After a short time of production, the engine was revised with a new Bosch MK-Motronic fuel-injection system with added additional torque. This brought horsepower and torque to around 300 hp and nearly 500 foot-pounds, unofficially.
The cost to own a Turbo R was $145,000 and eventually became one of Rolls-Royce's (the company that owned Bentley) best-selling model ever.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008