This is a post 1998 car (mesh grille, but does anyone know which of the Special editions – please)
Bentley Continental R (1991-03) Engine 6750cc V8 Turbo
Registration Number VUT 70
The Bentley Continental R is a large, ultra exclusive, luxury coupé made by Bentley from 1991 to 2003. It was the first Bentley to feature a body not shared with a Rolls-Royce model since the S3 of 1965, the first to use the GM 4L80-E transmission, and the fastest, most expensive, and most powerful Bentley of its day. It was also the most expensive production car in the world at launch. The concept which later became the Continental R was displayed at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show
he car’s body was styled by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley, who had run the automotive design school at the Royal College of Art, together with Graham Hull, who headed up the in-house design team for Rolls Royce and Bentley. The interior was entirely Graham Hull’s work.
The Continental R also featured roof-cut door frames, to allow easier access with a subtle spoiler at the rear.
At launch the Continental R was powered by a 6.75 L Garrett-turbocharged engine from the Bentley Turbo R with an output of 325bhp mated to the new 4-speed GM 4L80-E automatic transmission and featured self levelling hydraulic suspension, ventilated disc brakes at the front, with twin calipers. Engine management via the MK-Motronic digital fuel injection with fully mapped ignition control system. At launch, top speed was 145 mph and the car was priced at £178,000.
1994 model year saw a number of revisions to the engine, including revisions to the cylinder heads courtesy of Cosworth (another company within the Vickers group, the alloy wheels were also increased to 17 inch.
1996 saw some of the most significant changes in the cars production run notably the inclusion of the liquid cooled chargecooler as standard, along with improved engine management, Zytek EMS3, which meant improvement in throttle response, improvement in fuel efficiency and digitally controlled turbo over-boost. It also meant an increase in power output, figures which Rolls Royce now officially released, for the first time, as 385 bhp The 1996 model year also saw revised 17" alloy wheels and steering wheel tilt adjustment for the first time. This was electrically adjustable and so could now be set as part of the seat and wing mirror memory positions. Electronic Traction Assistance System began to appear on the later 1996 model year cars.
For 1998 saw electronic traction assistance system and some cosmetic changes with output remaining as before. Cosmetic revisions included fitting the same front seats as fitted to the Bentley Azure, which were lifted from the BMW 8 series (trimmed by Rolls Royce), featuring an integrated seat belt. Other revisions included small mesh vents below the headlights, laser-cut mesh radiator grill as standard, revised alloy wheels and minor changes to front and rear bumpers.
Under German ownership (1999–2003), several other special editions were made …