The Bentley Turbo R was a High Luxury Sleeper

To say the Bentleys of today are sleepers isn’t quite correct. While elegant, posh, and high-fashioned as they are… there’s a intangible sense that something very potent lives under the hood. That however wasn’t always the case.  Meet the Bentley Turbo R. It came into existence in 1985 and looked just as stately and old-fashioned as the Rolls-Royce Silver Sprint with which it shared its body. But request your chauffeur to put his foot hard down on the gas and – whomp! – the two and a half ton limo could leap to 60 mph in just over six seconds. This was something special indeed. RELATED: The 2016 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is supermodel good-looking The Turbo R was the successful follow-up to Bentley’s first foray into turbocharging, the limited run Mulsanne Turbo, which paired the firm’s carbureted (and massive) 6.75-liter V8 with a Garrett turbocharger. The Turbo R (‘R’ for ‘roadholding’) picked up those pieces in 1985 and added to them fuel injection, alloy wheels, and a heavily sorted suspension. The formula worked … quite well. Bentley never officially announced the Turbo R’s power output, but 300hp and just shy of 500 lb-ft are generally accepted figures. That wallop of torque allowed the Turbo R to shift its equally massive weight, both in a straight line and in the bends. Urge your driver to keep that foot planted and you’d hit the limiter at 150 mph. Heady stuff. A long-wheelbase Turbo RL came to the lineup in 1992, then a Turbo R Sport (photo below), and then a later Turbo RT with simply gargantuan levels of torque finished off the breed in the late ‘90s. They surely weren’t what you’d call cheap though. When Turbo R’s made it stateside in 1989 they sold for around $150,000. RELATED: The 1930 Bentley 'Blower' is one mean, supercharged monster The boosted Bentley may have cost two arms and two legs if you bought one new – uh oh, how would you drive it? – but nowadays they can be had for considerably less, though values seem to be on the upswing. Fancy yourself a new one? There’s a one owner 1995 Turbo R with only 4,864 miles offered up for sale on eBay. 20-year-old cars don’t come much ‘newer’ than that. RELATED: This is what $1.1 million of 'barn find' Bentley looks like ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide