4-door Bentley Turbo models


Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
Bentley Mulsanne Turbo LWB

Bentley Turbo R
Bentley Turbo R LWB

Bentley Turbo S

Bentley Turbo RT SWB
Bentley Turbo RT (LWB)

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Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
1982 - 1985

Number manufactured

My own counting: 496
Other sources: 496.

First and last chassis number

First chassis number: SCBZS0T05CCH04233 (1982).
Last chassis number: SCBZS0T08FCH14162 (1985).

Dimensions, kerb weight, performance

The same specifications as the Bentley Mulsanne with the exception of the weight, the acceleration and the top speed.

Length, width, height

See Bentley Mulsanne

Kerb weight

2291 kg

Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h

7.0 seconds

Top speed

135 mph, 217 km/h

Characteristics and peculiarities

Backgrounds of this model
- The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo is the first model that was provided with a turbo. Besides the turbo-related technics the car is a standard Bentley Mulsanne.
- The model has no predecessor. It is a model that was introduced besides the other models.
- The Mulsanne Turbo was sold until the end of 1985 whilst its successor, the Turbo R, was already manufactured from March 1985. In a part of 1985 both models were manufactured besides each other.
- The Mulsanne Turbo has become the beginning of what was called the Bentley revival. The number of sales of the mark Bentley was fallen in 1980 to about three percent of the total production. In 1990 the number of sale of Rolls-Royce and Bentley equaled. In later years the number of sales of Rolls-Royce never came up to the sales of Bentley again.
- The Mulsanne Turbo has not been sold in the US, Canada, Japan and Australia due to their emission control regulations. The factory decided not to employ fuel injection.

General characteristics
- The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo has the same engine and gear box as the Mulsanne: a 6750 cc V8 engine with a three-speed automatic gear box (GM400) and carburetters. The maximum power with turbo is 298 bhp at 4000 rpm.
- The Mulsanne Turbo is provided with a Garrett AiResearch T04 turbo.
- The maximum speed was restricted to 135 mph due to then current tyre technology.
- The car has a body-coloured radiator shell with vanes.
- Turbo badges on the front wings and bootlid.
- Turbo badge beneath the digital display for outside temperature, stopwatch and clock.
- The Mulsanne Turbo (and later the Turbo R) has paired exhaust pipes at the right side.
- Lucas fog lamps fitted beneath the front bumper.

Production and chassis numbers

Identification of the model in the chassis number
The chassis number of a Bentley Mulsanne Turbo has:
- the letter B on the third position
- the letter S on the fifth position
- the combination 0T on the sixth and seventh position
- a number between 04233 and 14162.
The following model has the same identification:
- Bentley Turbo R (between the numbers 12695 and 14162).

Further details about the production and the chassis numbers
- The chassis numbers in the years 1980 up to and including 1989 are assigned in batches. Batches exist for the standard saloon models (Silver Spirit, Mulsanne), the long wheelbase models (Silver Spur, Bentley LWB), the turbo models (Mulsanne Turbo, Turbo R), the Bentley Eight, the convertibles (Corniche, Continental), the Camargues and the Phantoms VI.
- The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Bentley Mulsanne Turbo LWB have got mixed numbers within the same batches. In model year 1985 the numbers of Bentley Turbo R and Bentley Turbo R LWB were also mixed in these batches.
- The model Mulsanne Turbo was closed with a batch of six cars from model year 1985 (numbers 14157 up to and including 14162) whilst for all other models (even for the Bentley Turbo R) model year 1986 had already commenced.

Series of numbers and unused numbers
- No number was assigned to a Bentley Mulsanne Turbo between 10111 and 12000, and between 16971 and 20000. Between 10111 and 10427 there are series of numbers that are assigned to other models (Corniche, Continental, Camargue, Phantom VI).

The working of the turbo in the Mulsanne Turbo:

Bentley Mulsanne Turbo, model year 1982, press photos (boven
Bentley Mulsanne Turbo, model year 1983, press photo (below).

Bentley Mulsanne Turbo, model year 1983 (below).

1984 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo SCBZS0T09ECX08821 (below).


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