The replacement Bentley Mulsanne Turbo R, introduced to Europe in 1985 and to the United States for 1989, boasted uprated chassis with stiffer shocks, higher-rate front/rear anti-roll bars and rear self-leveling system, and a new Panhard rod in back. The result was roadholding -- thus the R? -- to equal the beast's amazing go: 0-60 in 7 seconds or less, top speed near 130 mph despite its barn-bluff shape.
1989 Bentley Turbo R sedan.
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Revised instrumentation included a tachometer and slightly more "buckety" front seats. And adopted from 1990 was Automatic Ride Control -- variable-rate shock absorbers computer-managed to driving conditions, which restored some ride comfort lost to the beefed-up suspension. Both the Turbo and Turbo R versions were offered solely with a GM three-speed automatic.
The 1982-1991 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Turbo R should be the most collectible of the Spirit generation, and the quickest, most distinctive Bentleys since the S-type Continental, with the Turbo R having the edge in esteem thanks to its more capable handling.
Pluses of the 1982-1991 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Turbo R:
- The usual Bentley/R-R attractions plus thrilling yet civilized performance
- Turbo R's surprising agility
Minuses of the 1982-1991 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Turbo R:
- Staid styling
- Mechanical complexity
- Bound to be overshadowed in glamour (and investment potential?) by a slick new 1992 Continental R coupe
Production of the 1982-1991 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Turbo R:
NA, but limited
Specifications of the 1982-1991 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Turbo R:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.5
Length, inches: 207.4
Weight, pounds: 5,215
Price, new: $150,000-$167,400
Engines for the 1982-1991 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Turbo R:
Type Size Horsepower* Years ohv V-8 6,750 cc (412 cid**) 315-350 1982-1990
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