Bentley Brooklands 1st Generation
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||6.75 L 300 hp Bentley V8|
|Wheelbase||SWB: 3,061 mm (120.5 in) LWB: 3,162 mm (124.5 in)|
|Length||1996-98 LWB: 211.8 in (5,380 mm) 1993-95 SWB: 207.5 in (5,271 mm) 1993-95 SWB: 5,268 mm (207.4 in) 1996-98 LWB: 5,370 mm (211.4 in)|
|Width||1992-95: 1,887 mm (74.3 in) (w/mirrors: 2,007 mm (79.0 in)) 1995-98: 1,914 mm (75.4 in) (w/mirrors: 2,111 mm (83.1 in))|
|Height||1,486 mm (58.5 in)|
|Related||Bentley Eight Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit|
The Bentley Brooklands is a full-size luxury car introduced for 1992 as a replacement for the Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley Eight models. It was intended as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Bentley Turbo R, featuring the same styling, underpinnings and the Rolls-Royce 6.75-litre V8 engine, but without the more powerful model's turbocharger.
The Brooklands was replaced by the Bentley Arnage in 1998. At the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, Bentley resurrected the Brooklands nameplate for a two-door, four-seat coupé to be built for the 2008 model year
The Brooklands continued Bentley's relatively angular design theme, which was also used on contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicles, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. The exterior design featured the classic Bentley waterfall grille as well as dual headlights with wraparound parking lights. As in many Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicles, the Brooklands also featured the trademark descending bootlid and chrome B-pillars.
The interior remained relatively unchanged from previous Bentley models with a more curvaceous design elements surrounding the leather-wrapped centre console. The steering wheel and interior door panels remained unchanged, although the one major change was the relocation of the gear selector to the centre console - for decades the standard practice among R-R and and Bentley models utilised a steering column mounted selector. The interior continued to be surrounded by ample woodgrain which featured engraved, lighter-colored outlines on the door panels.
Technical specifications (1992–1997)
The 1992–1997 Brooklands was driven by a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce V8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle was rear-wheel drive, and featured independent front and rear suspension. While not as large as some other ultra-luxury cars, the Brooklands remained quite large with an overall length of 5,370 millimetres (211.4 in) and wheelbase of 3,162 millimetres (124.5 in) (5,268 millimetres (207.4 in) and respectively 3,061 millimetres (120.5 in) in SWB trim).