Out went the Mulsanne and Bentley Eight, in came the Brooklands as Bentley’s top model. This full-sized luxury saloon was very much a product of the time when Rollers and Bentleys were identical, apart from the minor styling differences needed to differentiate one from the other. That was back in 1992, and when Volkswagen took over in 1998, the Bentley Arnage had been launched to replace the Brooklands — the last Bentley to share a common platform with a Rolls-Royce twin, in this case the Silver Seraph.
Volkswagen allowed the flagship Arnage to sail on (with tweaks and upgrades) and concentrated on developing the sporty Continental GT series. But the Brooklands name hadn’t been forgotten and in 2008 it was resurrected. What a difference from its somewhat angular predecessor! The new Brooklands Coupe is a magnificent two-door grand tourer with flowing lines. At rest it looks both sleek and muscular, with a low roofline and dramatically raked glass fore and aft. In motion, it is immediately apparent that this is a serious performance car that can’t wait to bite the bitumen.
The Brooklands Coupe is hand-built at Crewe using traditional coachbuilding expertise and the finest skilled craftsmen working in leather and wood. This enables each customer to personally configure their car, choosing colour, interior trim and desired accessories (most at least opting for the retractable Flying B bonnet mascot). But every Brooklands will have the 6.75 litre V8 engine that slams out 530 bhp — in the nicest possible way! Transmission is a ZF six-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptronic feature.
Bentley states that just 550 of these superb touring cars will be manufactured so, if this is the one you’d love to be seen driving, start buying lottery tickets now. This is one car guaranteed to become a serious collectors’ classic.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
6,761 cc V8 Twin Turbo
Top speed of 184 mph (296 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5 secs
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
The Brooklands Coupe is inspired by the exploits of the famously daring Bentley Boys on Surrey’s steeply banked Brooklands racing circuit in the 1920s and pays them — as well as the legendary prewar track — a fitting tribute.