2008 Bentley Brooklands: A Pretty Car for a Prettier Penny

The newest member of the Arnage line of Bentley sedans was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. The 2008 Bentley Brooklands awakens the model name that was inspired by Bentley’s high-falutin’ racing days at the Brooklands track in Surrey early in the 20th century.

This ultra-luxury four-seater holds the ultimate in exclusivity: a mere 550 Brooklands coupes are to be assembled (by hand, of course). Each member of this rarefied group will receive a remarkable twin-turbo 6.75-liter aluminum V8 powerhouse that churns out 530 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque. Yowza. This fancy set of wheels could do some hefty towing – but would it deign to?

Thanks to those numbers, the Brooklands will make its mark as the most powerful Bentley ever. The 6-speed automatic transmission will please the hands-on driver with its locking torque-converter and manual mode that allows for manual shifting should that whim strike.

The Brits put an emphasis on spaciousness, and as such the Brooklands has a slightly wider cabin than its earlier Bentley sibling, the Continental. The body, with its sleek, low roofline that just bleeds elegance and privilege, does without B-pillars for a unique and sporty appearance. The exterior elegance continues with the traditionally familiar Bentley traits, such as the high mesh grille and the large, round headlamps.

Inside, the same premium-beyond-premium materials turn a nose up at plastic and make their statement within the cabin: highest-quality leather (although Bentley’s marketing people refer to it as “hide”), real wood, chrome, and carpet. The buyer even gets to select the color of the seatbelts. The two backseat passengers get individual, power seats to maximize their comfort.
That’s rather important, as anyone who rides in a Bentley is most assuredly accustomed to the highest level of comfort. The debit for being seen in one on a regular basis will hover around $300,000.