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2009 Bentley Brooklands

  • 2009 Bentley Brooklands Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      14
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      530/774
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $340,990
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2009 Bentley Brooklands Review

A limited-production, ultra-luxurious grand touring coupe.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2009 Bentley Brooklands is brand new for this year. Based on the Azure convertible and Arnage sedan, it is Bentley’s flagship coupe that offers seating for four. It is equipped with a 6.8-liter 530-hp V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. It features a new chassis, and the interior was upgraded. Only 550 Brooklands will be produced; production is expected to last into the 2010 model year.

Of the 550 Brooklands produced, only 180 will be available in the U.S. The Bentley Brooklands is the perfect car for the extrovert; it will certainly get you attention. The average Brooklands owner has eight cars, so driving a Bentley Brooklands will still make you stand out.

Standard equipment includes 20-inch painted alloy wheels, sunroof, speed-sensitive wipers, remote power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, front and rear double wishbone independent suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), emergency braking assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, remote anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, high pressure headlight washers, dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlights with self-leveling and auto delay off capabilities, stability control, traction control, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, push button start, driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and heat/massage, premium leather upholstery, sport front seats, power-reclining rear seats, cruise control, front console with storage, speed-proportional power steering, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with cruise control functions, interior air filtration, dual-zone climate control with extended cabin heating, alloy/leather/wood interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings, tachometer, trip computer, compass, DVD-based navigation system with voice activation, display screen, pre-wired for cell phone use and Bluetooth connectivity, and AM/FM/six-CD changer audio system.

Optional equipment includes carbon-ceramic brake rotors, a retractable ""flying B"" hood ornament, and an audio system that features a SD card slot, iPod interface, and 1100 watts of power and 10 speakers.

A Sports package features 20-inch painted five-spoke alloy wheels and partial wheel covers, dark tint stainless steel bumper matrix, diamond-quilted upholstery accents, and embroidered emblems on all seats.

If you’d like to further customize your car, you can coordinate the changes by taking advantage of Bentley’s Mulliner option, which provides you with the opportunity to choose an exterior color that goes well with your particular choice for exotic wood/aluminum/carbon fiber interior trims. Bentley’s Mulliner Consultants can help you decide. The limits are provided solely by your imagination and your wallet.

The Range

Body styles: Coupe
Engines: Twin-turbocharged 6.8-liter 530-hp V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic transmission
Models: Bentley Brooklands

What's New

The 2009 Bentley Brooklands is a new ultra-luxury coupe that offers a 530-hp V-8 engine, the most horsepower ever generated by an engine in Bentley’s history.

Exterior

The 2009 Bentley Brooklands makes quite an entrance. With a length of 213 inches and a width of 74.8 inches, it is larger than some SUVs. Designed to be a grand touring coupe, its long hood, quad headlights and upright grille is reminiscent of the Bentley Arnage. Standard is the dual chrome exhaust. The Brooklands’ weight comes in at almost three tons.

Interior

The interior of the 2009 Bentley Brooklands is opulent and plush. Chrome gauges and accent trim are complemented by burled wood and premium leather. You may choose from 25 leather colors and three veneer trims. The center console divides the sport front seats; the console has chrome-surrounded buttons for the high-tech equipment the Brooklands provides.

Head and leg room is ample; the trunk offers only 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

Performance & Handling

At 530 horsepower, the 2009 Bentley Brooklands’ engine is the most powerful offered by Bentley so far. In addition to the powerful engine, the Brooklands offers a sport-tuned suspension, revised shock absorbers, and stiffer road springs to provide better handling. Acceleration is quick, with a time of 5 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph; top speed was clocked at 184 mph.

Despite the vehicle’s weight of almost three tons, the Brooklands' engine performs like a sports car and the steering is responsive. That’s saying a lot for a vehicle as big and as heavy as the Brooklands. The adaptive, sport-tuned suspension gives the driver and passengers a smooth ride. It’s probably not the best choice for hairpin turns, but it’s an excellent grand touring car, if you plan a trip around routes that have frequent stops for gas.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes ABS, front and rear side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, stability control, anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, front and rear parking sensors, and an optional backup camera.

EPA Fuel Economy

Bentley Brooklands: 10/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Brisk acceleration
  • Sport-tuned, adaptive suspension
  • Opulent interior
  • Exclusivity of Bentley

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Gas guzzler tax

Sum Up

A limited-production, ultra-luxurious grand touring coupe.

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