Since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March,
the new Bentley Brooklands has captured the hearts of customers across the globe,
with the first year’s production of this hand-assembled, luxury coupe already sold
Speaking at the recent opening of a new dealership in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr
Franz-Josef Paefgen, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “The interest in
Brooklands since its unveiling in Geneva has exceeded our
expectations. It is surely destined to become a collectors’ classic.”
The lifetime production of this luxurious coupe will be strictly limited to
just 550 cars, ensuring exclusivity. Deliveries to customers begin in the first
quarter of 2008.
The Bentley Brooklands marks a return to Bentley’s heartland. For decades
powerful coupes have been icons of the Bentley brand and the Brooklands
continues that proud lineage.
As a coupe, the Bentley Brooklands is unique, its remarkably spacious cabin
providing the ultimate in first-class travel for four adults at any speed. The
low, fast roofline with dramatically raked front and rear screens and muscular
lines give the Brooklands a distinctively sleek, sporting stance. The effect is
contemporary yet unmistakeably Bentley.
Brooklands’ enhanced chassis provides the handling to match the awesome power
of the 395 kW twin-turbocharged 6¾-litre engine, the most powerful V8
that Crewe, Bentley’s home for over 60 years, has ever produced. This legendary
engine also develops the highest-ever torque output of any V8 automotive engine
in the world, producing 1,050 Nm.
The Bentley Brooklands
· Super car performance from luxury four-seater coupe:
o 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.
o Top speed of 296 km/h.
o 80-120 km/h in 3.1 seconds.
· Record power output of 395 kW and 1,050 Nm of torque from handbuilt 6¾-litre
twin-turbocharged V8 engine, including:
o New free-flowing air induction system and sports exhaust.
o Recalibrated valve timing and engine management systems
· Dynamic handling combined with superb ride comfort:
o Very stiff platform and uniquely engineered chassis with
specially developed 20-inch wheels and tyres as standard, that combine Arnage T
handling with Arnage R comfort.
- Optional carbon/silicon carbide brakes:
o The largest diameter discs of any production passenger car on sale today.
o Discs last the lifetime of the car and pad life is doubled, under normal driving conditions.
o Virtually fade-free use time after time.
· Most spacious rear cabin of any coupe in the world.
· Bentley is the only manufacturer to offer as standard a cabin trimmed entirely with leather hides.
· Full order book for first year, with lifetime production limited to just 550 cars.
Supercar performance from Crewe’s most powerful V8
Such is the robustness of the engine’s architecture, the Crewe-built
V8 engine has been at the heart of all large Bentley coupes for nearly 50 years.
In 2007, the Bentley 6¾-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 saw a step-change
in performance with a comprehensive range of enhancements for both Arnage and
Azure. These included a more efficient and refined valve-train, re-profiled
camshafts and more responsive, low-inertia turbochargers. These were
complemented by a new six-speed transmission with semi-automatic function and
Bosch engine management system.
For the Arnage T, power increased to
500 bhp with 1,000 Nm of torque. The changes also enhanced refinement, improved
durability and ensured compliance with the demanding European EU IV and US LEV
II emissions standards. This engine represented the starting point for the new
Bentley Brooklands coupe.
For Brooklands, Bentley’s engineers have
introduced a new free-flowing air induction system and a sports exhaust,
together with a re-calibration of the valve-timing and engine management system.
The result is record power from this hand-assembled 6¾-litre V8 engine of 395 kW
(530 bhp) at 4,000 rev/min and an astonishing 1,050 Nm (774 lb/ft) of torque
at 3,250 rev/min – the highest-ever torque of any V8 automotive engine in the
Brian Gush, Director, Chassis and Powertrain explains the
philosophy behind the record outputs:
“Our prime objective was to unlock
the power potential of the amazingly flexible V8, allowing it to breathe more
The new engine endows the Brookland’s with super car
performance, accelerating to 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 296 km/h. In-gear acceleration
times are also greatly enhanced, with the coupe capable of accelerating from 80-120 km/h in 3.1 seconds.
acceleration is recognisable from the driver’s seat as the renowned Bentley
‘wave of torque’ and is due in part to the V8 engine’s new twin turbochargers
which operate with far greater efficiency at lower engine speeds, significantly
The V8 engine is mated to a six-speed transmission with
locking torque converter that provides an instantaneous response to the driver’s
demands. A semi-automatic function allows manual gear selection for even greater
driver control and, when driven to its potential, means stronger and faster
acceleration in every gear.
Dynamic handling and superb ride comfort
The Bentley Brooklands copes with the formidable power of its V8
engine thanks to a uniquely engineered chassis, developed from the Bentley
Arnage, and an impressively stiff body structure. Strengthened steel in the
A-pillars, door sills, rear-three quarter sections and cant-rails provide the
Brooklands’ body with exceptional torsional stiffness. This contributes to the
Brooklands’ sporting handling combined with superb levels of ride comfort that
are in keeping with the large Bentley coupe tradition. Peter Guest, Head of
Department, Body and Trim, elaborates.
“Brooklands’ stiff platform
provides a stable foundation for the sophisticated double wishbone suspension
developed from the dynamic Arnage T.”
The independent, front and rear,
double-wishbone suspension employs coil springs, computer-controlled adaptive,
electro-hydraulic dampers and automatic ride height control with auto load
compensation. Together, these deliver impressive body control during cornering,
braking and acceleration. The fitment as standard of 8.5Jx20-inch wheels and
255/40 ZR20 Pirelli P Zero tyres, specially developed for Brooklands, also aids
handling and roadholding.
The very strong body also allows Brooklands to
run with lower spring rates than the Arnage T, thereby achieving a level of ride
comfort similar to that of the Arnage R. The body-hugging, lower-slung
Azure-derived front seats provide a more sporting driving position, enhancing
the sporting appeal of Brooklands, compared with its Arnage and Azure
As an option, Brooklands may be specified with new
carbon/silicon carbide, cross-drilled brake discs, further extending the new
coupe’s performance boundaries. Introduced on the limited edition Continental GT
Diamond Series in 2006, the system features the largest diameter brake discs of
any production passenger car on sale today. Measuring 420 x 40 mm at the front
and 356 x 28 mm at the rear, with eight-piston callipers, the new brakes give an
8 kg reduction in rotating unsprung mass benefiting steering response, ride
suppleness and acceleration.
The lightweight braking system ensures
virtually fade-free use, time after time, and superb resistance to disc
distortion under high thermal conditions. Under normal driving conditions the
brake discs will last the lifetime of the car. Furthermore, brake pad life is
doubled compared with the standard braking system.
Coach-built design inspired by Bentley’s proud coupe lineage
The Bentley Brooklands’
bloodline is a rich history of elegant, potent, two-door luxury coupes. For
decades these have been icons of the Bentley brand and Brooklands continues that
proud lineage. Bentley coupes from the fifties such as the Park Ward Continental
S1 and the Continental R and T of the nineties became collectors’ classics and
were a major influence on the character and design of the Brooklands coupe.
The Bentley design team set out to design a car that is fast and
muscular yet rakish and elegant, as Raul Pires, Head of Exterior Design,
“We wanted to capture the muscularity, glamour and beauty of
iconic two-door Bentleys from the past to achieve a handsome coupe with real
Brooklands’ sporting pedigree is unquestionable. Its low
roofline with dramatically raked front and rear screens, pillar-less, elongated
glass area and graceful, prominent haunches lend Brooklands a sleek, purposeful
appearance. The Brooklands roof is 13 mm (0.5 in) lower than the Azure and a
full 47 mm (1.9 in) lower than a four-door Arnage.
As the Brooklands was
only ever intended for limited production volume, the design team was able to
introduce features that call upon the unique coach-building techniques of
Bentley’s craftsmen and women. The Brooklands’ fast flowing roofline is a
perfect example of those skills. To provide the appearance of a ‘floating’ rear
screen demanded by the design team, the rear quarter panel and roof can only be
joined by hand – impossible in mainstream production.
character of Brooklands is further distinguished by ‘Le Mans’ front wing vents,
a jewelled fuel filler cap, brushed aluminium ‘Bentley Brooklands’ treadplates
and a dark-tinted steel Bentley matrix grille with optional Flying ‘B’
retractable radiator mascot.
Its sporting intentions are reflected by
larger diameter exhaust tailpipe finishers with rifled detailing to the inside
surface. Brooklands also features unique under bonnet detailing with a brushed
aluminium ‘6¾ Litre Brooklands’ engine plaque. Embossed Bentley logos appear on
the intercoolers. Each engine bears the signature of the team leader who oversaw
its hand-built construction in the Crewe factory.
Brooklands rests on
20-inch alloy wheels – a first for the Arnage family of cars – in two
distinctive styles. The 16-spoke two-piece Disc wheels are standard fitment with
the 5-spoke, two-piece Sports wheels available as an option. Both designs, shod
with Pirelli sports tyres, lend Brooklands an appearance of surefootedness,
robustness and dynamism.
‘First-class’ luxury travel for four adults and
The Brookland’s interior offers a remarkably
spacious, hand-crafted, luxury cabin to provide the ultimate in first-class
travel for four adults at any speed. Robin Page, Head of Interior Design,
explains the philosophy:
“The creation of Bentley interiors is more
design house than car company. Brooklands’ beautiful hand-finishing is no
different from a bespoke suit or haute couture dress.”
As in every
Bentley, peerless craftsmanship and bepoke finishing are to the fore. Every item
of trim, be it veneer, hide or chromed bezel, uses authentic materials. All
interior brightware, for example, is made from stainless steel and is as
spectacular as any Bentley of yesteryear.
The limited production volume
allows the Brooklands design team to capitalise on the unique skills and
techniques of Bentley’s craftsmen and women. For example, the cabin headlining
is made entirely from leather, making Bentley the only car manufacturer in the
world to offer as standard a cabin entirely trimmed with leather hides. The
entire headlining is tightened and finished by hand to achieve the desired
quality of finish, a process that takes years of skilled practice to
By using the Arnage rear cabin structure, Bentley’s engineers
have provided a vast rear seat area that is larger than any other coupe in the
world. The individual, electronically reclining rear seats are set 100 mm (4
inches) further back than on Azure, benefiting leg room. They are also set 25 mm
lower than the Arnage, resulting in a headroom of 939 mm – just 24 mm less than in
the large saloon.
Brooklands uses the new Azure’s front seats with their
integrated seat belts and side airbags. Major features include bi-level electric
lumbar adjustment, a massage function, as well as tilting and extending front
Brooklands’ customers will be able to specify their car in an
extensive choice of ‘standard fit’ colours which includes 42 exterior paints
(including new Venusian Grey and Titan Grey), 25 hides and three
In common with all Arnage family models, the wood veneers
(including new Dark Stained Vavona) are premium quality and unbleached for a
more natural appearance. Three new hide colours (Anthracite grey, Newmarket Tan
and Cashew) are introduced with Brooklands. Customers may also tailor their cars
to their individual specification through Bentley Mulliner’s bespoke
colour-matching service and selection of hide colours from previous model
Brookland’s sporting atmosphere is emphasised by the distinctive
new ‘Sandwich’ piping which sits flush with, rather than proud of, the
stitching. In addition, a range of optional engine-turned aluminium and carbon
fibre veneer inserts complement the Mulliner aluminium foot pedals and footrest.