Used Bentley Turbo R
The Bentley Turbo R was a popular choice for executive motorists for a long period of time during the 1980's and 1990's. The car became one of the best selling models in the range for a producer whose name was synonymous with luxury, but these vehicles are becoming scarcer as the years progress.
The very first Bentley Turbo R made its way off the production line in 1985 and it was introduced as a direct successor to the company's Mulsanne Turbo. There were very many similarities between the two models but because the 'R' stood for Roadholding, it revealed a more stable car with better handling.
Production continued for 12 years and the used Turbo R became one of the stable's best sellers of all time. By the time manufacture had ceased in 1997, over 7,200 models had been made and the second hand market has generally been a thriving one ever since.
What you get for your money
Unlike some cars born out of their predecessors, the Bentley Turbo R took all the best bits from the Mulsanne and simply improved on them. You still had the same, impressive 6.5 litre V8 engine but this was boosted by fuel injection to offer added torque.
At the same time, the soft suspension of the Mulsanne was addressed to give a more responsive ride. Anti roll bar gates were improved while the Turbo R retained the option of a three or four speed automatic gearbox.
Finally, you had those sleek looks associated with this marque and although the company had yet to diverge from the style of associated Rolls Royce models, the R was so impressive that Motor Trend Magazine called it "the first Bentley in decades deserving of the famous name".
What you can expect to pay
With over 7,000 models produced, there are many Bentley Turbo R's still on the road. In addition, the reliability of the engineering that was involved in their manufacture means that numbers remain healthy for now.
An older, high mileage model may well sell for under £10,000 while a pristine version with considerably less on the clock could comfortably fetch more than £50,000.
What to look out for
As with all prestige cars, it pays to have an independent inspection carried out before you part with any money.
Remember too that you have that powerful, 6.5 litre engine under the bonnet and the running costs for any model will be high. With that in mind, you should always insist on an approved Bentley service to be carried out ahead of the purchase.
Spares may not be as plentiful as the cars themselves and replacement components for the Bentley Turbo R are certainly becoming scarcer. They can be expensive too so speak to a Bentley dealer or specialist first before you go down alternative routes.
How it drives
The performance of the Bentley Turbo R on the road made it one of the most popular models to come out of this stable. The improvement on the Mulsanne was clearly in evidence as it combined the supreme power of that fuel injection engine with a far more responsive drive.