4653 Bentley Turbo R 1211 Bentley Turbo R long wheelbase Though the company stated that it didn't position itself on the leading edge of fashionable automotive phases it could hardly be denied that the Bentley Turbo R was placed just there. The 135 mph Bentley Turbo R was launched at the Geneva Show in March, 1985. It was said that the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo should remain in production too. But this decision was revised when within a short period interest in that previous model faded at an almost shocking rate because the Bentley Turbo R was superior in handling. Modified front and rear suspension, the first-time use of alloy wheels and wider tyres, and a front air dam put the car's handling in the thoroughbred sports car category. The Bentley Turbo R achieved a sales figure which made it one of Rolls-Royce's best-selling models ever - up to now the company didn't verify beyond doubt if this model remained in production until 1994 and was replaced by what Rolls-Royce introduced as their "New" Bentley Turbo R alongside their "New" R-R Silver Dawn, "New" R-R Silver Spur etc. or until 1997 having then been superseded by the Bentley Turbo RT. Technical Data: 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration; aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners; bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder heads, Lucas breakerless electronic ignition, Solex 4-barrel downdraught carburettor type 4A1; Garrett AiResearch turbocharger type TO4B (from 1986 Bosch MK-Motronic fuel injection; from 1990 Bosch K Motronic fuel injection and digital ignition, from 1995 Zytek EMS3 engine management system; 3-speed automatic (from 1992 4-speed automatic); independent suspension with coil springs front and rear, Girling hydraulic self-levelling ride control rear; ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear (from 1986 anti-locking brakes); wheelbase 3,061 mm or 3,161 mm (120.5 in or 124.5 in)(from 1996 long wheelbase standard, short wheelbase optional); tyre size 275/55VR15 (from 1986 255/65VR15 optional; from 1993 255/60 ZR 16; from 1994 255/55WR17); max. speed 220 km/h (from 1988 max speed 235 km/h; from 1995 max speed 249 km/h)
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