Bentley Brooklands: driving test and video
Posted on 07-12-2015 to 16:00 pm by Wouter – 95 Comments”
The last “real” Bentley is a monument of a car.
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If you like the genre, then the feast in the face of a Bentley Brooklands. This is a coupe that is literally and figuratively the space fills. You can’t deny it, what on Frisian country roads sometimes a little awkward. With a dry weight of 2680 kilograms, a V8 is more powerful than many a tug and drive the rear wheels, an avoidance manoeuvre direction marshy berm is simply not an option. All the other problems of the “ordinary people” slipping on board the Brooklands quickly from you, so be really sure you don’t have to make.
The one compartment as the ultimate statement
The genre is fantastic, sparsely populated and requires a debit card with elongated limit. Rolls-Royce has two compartments and also Mercedes-Benz brings the S-class as a car as a statement of style. More choice is not there, but also there you potential buyer not to worry. After the choice for the coach (and in the case of the Mercedes the engine) there is a list of options with prices that you with the buy of a new house, serious stress would get. The base price of half a million euros is really not more than that, then specified the prospective buyer quietly still for a half or a whole ton of other stitching and shades of leather there. And then doubt you or your for 400 euro a size larger rims on your leasehok wants. All pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others.
A one-compartment as the Brooklands you can buy especially for yourself, in spite of the external dimensions is not a nice practical family car. A Scenic or Meriva, but just some more streets to name a few, are much more practical. Pity you don’t have to have with the Brooklands rider, because the owner in the United States has eight cars and a Pennierekening where at least 30 million dollars as a balance on the bank statements. The four Brooklands owners in the Netherlands in terms of autoverzameling undoubtedly the same profile and keep to the end of their salary also not a piece of month.
The engine room is populated by a crew of eight heads by a block, and since 1959 in continuous use, and now still in the Bentley Mulsanne is to be found. The 6,75 litre V8 block is derived from a design for Packard and got for the Brooklands two turbo’s fitted. Previously I was there in the specifications with Bentleys and Rolls-royce cars in power: enough. The British, forced by the German mothers, with the time and so we know that the V8 537 hp (at 4000 rpm) and a “whopping” 1050 Nm (3250 rpm) delivers. The giga-digits, but they must also have at least 2680 kilograms of entrainment. A gentleman is proud, not often about his performance, but in this case, we want to still share with you that the Brooklands in 5,3 seconds for the 100 sprint and a top speed of 296 km/h. Or you as a director dares is a completely different story, but more about that later.
The last true Bentley
After years of the front door to have shared with Rolls-Royce, there was an abrupt end to that good marriage. German leaders put the break in, Rolls-Royce ended up being the daughter of BMW, and Bentley was part of the Volkswagen group. When the Brooklands was developed was VW already owns the British brand, but the roots of coupé go far back in time.
In fact, the Bentley Brooklands is a dense version of the Bentley Azure, which again was related to the Arnage. In 2007, drew Bentley at the auto show of Geneva the cloth of the Brooklands to this in 2008 in a small series by hand to build. There are a total of a little six hundred Brooklands built, of which there are maybe four in the Netherlands.
The roots go back to long before the Volkswagen era and also the finish. Everything is made from leather, wood or chrome. To illustrate how far it goes, is a look at the top enough, because even the sky is fully leather lined. To bodywork seams you will search in vain, for rear fender, C-style and roof merge seamlessly. Of course, it is not of one piece of metal knocked off, but the seams are fully concealed. Known as premium and it also provides for a much greater stiffness of the carriage.
How to speed that
To be honest: it is a special experience. To hard drive you need very large cojones and also not very attached to his. An example: despite the installation of 14” large ceramic brakes give the brake pedal just as much as feedback as well as a plaque of moss in the forest. Cornering is also not quite his thing, though there is a sports mode for the suspension. It made me is most reminiscent of some ladies who are in a really expensive ski suit this season (older is pathetic) report to the ski lift. With sport has nothing to do, and so it is with the sportknop in the Brooklands, which is there because that is fashionable.
Straight driving is still there, although the vending machines amazingly quickly switch back for a block with 1050 Nm of torque. The switch must be timely to happen, because there are sat diesels to find more revs than the 6,75 V8 from the Brooklands. Anything above the 4000 rpm, the V8 already had.
The Brooklands has its charm, despite the fact that a Continental GT really that much better, drive better, faster, more economical, and almost as beautiful is finished. Rational the Brooklands review is pointless, as you approach a work of art. The Brooklands is certainly not the best Bentley, but it is a monument of a car. The bodywork is beautiful and the interior keeps you prefer to live. It is a pity that the Brooklands fuel consumption where the captain of a warship would scare you, so occasionally you do need to get out. Movie!
Gallery: Bentley Brooklands