‘The Turbo R has something that no other manufacturer can emulate: an unmistakable and deeply ingrained quality. Inside, whether at the wheel or reclining in the rear chairs, the aura is unique. This is a jewel of a motorcar, crafted to stand the test of time.’ – Sports Car International.
Introduced at Geneva in 1985, the Turbo R continued the modern ‘Blower Bentley’ theme, but with the added refinement of suspension better suited to the car’s increased performance. Outwardly the R differed from the preceding Mulsanne Turbo by virtue of its cast-alloy wheels shod with low-profile Pirelli tyres, while inside there was a revised fascia with rev-counter included amongst the comprehensive instrumentation. In a break with Rolls-Royce tradition, power figures were made public for the first time, revealing that the engine produced 320bhp and a staggering 475lb/ft of torque, which on the road translated into a 0-60mph time of around 7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. Described by Autocar magazine as ‘an outrageous concoction of sledgehammer performance and sybaritic luxury’, the Turbo R remains as formidable now as when it debuted more than 20 years ago.
This 1987 model-year Turbo is showing a mere 27,000 miles from new and comes with a full service history from Jack Barclay, along with the service books, original sales invoice and manuals. Though the V5 displays four owners we are advised that the car is one family ownership from new, making it a very special car indeed. Its wonderful deep Ocean coachwork over parchment interior is presented in very good order indeed. MoT’d until September 2018 this year this wonderful example is ready for its next custodian.