Nonetheless it shared a body with its Rolls-Royce sister, so the next logical step was to introduce a dramatically different-looking car available only as a Bentley. The result, the two-door Continental R was unveiled six years later the waiting crowd burst into spontaneous applause as it was unveiled. Styled at the Worthing based International Automotive Design with the assistance of consultants John Heffernan and Ken Greenley, the Continental R benefited from new computer aided design and wind tunnel testing in the devising of its sleekly streamlined shape. Despite the need to incorporate non-traditional features such as doors recessed into the roof, the result looked every bit a Bentley, albeit one restated for the 1990s.
Also new was the gearbox, a four-speed automatic with an ‘overdrive’ top ratio, but the main focus of interest was the newcomer’s performance. Needless to say this was outstanding, the combination of the 325bhp Turbo R engine in the new wind-cheating shape cutting the 0-60mph time to under 7 seconds and boosting top speed to around 150mph.
This stunning left-hand drive Continental R was supplied to special order for a leading Dubai family, which specified a special two-tone interior plus trim to the sills and wheelarches. The car was sold in Dubai in 2007 and used sparingly until it was imported to the UK in the spring of 2010, where it has been used equally carefully by the current vendor. Being left-hand drive the Bentley is clearly more suited to overseas motoring so has seen little use in this country, hence the sale.
The car currently displays a startlingly low total of only some circa 18,000 kilometres from new on the odometer and comes with full service history to substantiate this. Finished in stunning Burgundy, with cream and contrasting red leather interior, it is presented in close to ‘as new’ condition, this is a scarce opportunity to acquire a very low mileage ‘special order’ Continental R .