Bentley Brooklands Origins
In 1998, Bentley replaced the Brooklands with the Arnage. That wasn't the end of the Brooklands though. It reemerged in 2007 at the Geneva Auto Show, this time as a two-door coupe with four seats. Bentley planned to release it for purchase in 2008, but the company would only build 550.
Limiting the release to 550 cars says a lot about Bentley's plans for the Brooklands. It is a highly limited edition vehicle that only a select group of consumers will be able to purchase. The high price of the 2008 model reinforces that message as it costs more than $340,000 before adding any extras.About the Bentley Brooklands
The Bentley Brooklands is best known for its craftsmanship. The Brooklands is hand-assembled using coach-building techniques that require a close attention to detail. The exterior definitely calls attention to itself, but it does not look flashy. Instead, it has a sophisticated appearance that a consumer may expect to find touring the English countryside in the 1920s. This is suitable considering that the vehicle is named for the Brooklands race track from that era.
The Bentley Brooklands is also known for its spectacular braking system. Since its 10 inches longer than a Chevy Tahoe, the extreme heft of the car needs excellent brakes to prevent it from colliding into objects and other vehicles in emergency situations. Buyers can choose to upgrade the brakes to include carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide components and a 14-inch SGL carbon brake discs.
The Bentley Brooklands is a bit of a throwback to a different era, considered backwards in some respects. The terrible fuel economy certainly doesn't help at 9 mpg in city/15 mpg on the highway. But if you're spending nearly $400,000 on a car, fuel cost is probably the least of your concerns.
The Bentley Brooklands pays homage to an era of supreme engineering and taste. It might not get the best gas mileage, but it isn't intended as a daily commuter; it is a showpiece meant for special occasions. Although Bentley's engineers certainly spent a lot of time designing the motor, braking system, and luxurious interior; the car would work just as well whether it was sitting in a clean garage or out on the road. It's a masterpiece of craftsmanship that only certain people can truly appreciate. Drivers with an appreciation for old world craftsmanship will likely find that this vehicle appeals to them, even if they only plan to take it out of the garage once in a while for a leisurely drive.
Bentley Brooklands Features
Last made in 2010, the Bentley Brooklands is almost exactly the same as the 2008 Brooklands. It has 20-inch wheels, parking sensors, Bluetooth compatibility, a navigation system, and a full leather interior. The seats exemplify the vehicle's luxury and careful attention to detail: they not only use memory function to remember the specifications of each driver, but even include massaging and heating that will keep the driver and passengers comfortable and relaxed at all times.
Buyers can choose to upgrade the standard version by including an iPod interface, a rearview camera, or an improved sound system made by Naim. Buyers can also choose from a wide range of customized trim options.
Regardless of which add-ons they choose, buyers can expect to spend a lot of money on the 2010 Bentley Brooklands. The base model costs about $340,000. Given that the car is meant to compete with luxury vehicles such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, which costs about $400,000, maybe the Brooklands actually looks like a good deal to the type of consumer that could actually afford it.Bentley Brooklands Evolution
The 1992-1997 Bentley Brooklands have little to do with today's Brooklands. The early models had a much more angular design that the more recent version. In some respects, it looked similar to a Volvo and Rolls-Royce models produced in the 1990s.
Past Bentley Brooklands versions were also smaller and lighter than today's model. It was still a very large car, but it was not as big as other luxury vehicles.
The 1992-1997 Brooklands has the same motor specifications as the 2008-2010 versions. It has a 6.75-liter Rolls-Royce V-8 engine that delivers plenty of power, but with plenty of modern modifications. Both of the models also have rear-wheel drive. This sets them apart from more recently designed Bentley cars, which often have W-12 engines and all-wheel drive.