A completed pre-production Continental R (developed under the codename “Nepal”) was secretly taken to Switzerland for a surprise launch of the model at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show (It had been expected the car would be launched in 1992). The Sultan of Brunei, impressed by the new model, purchased the show car at the event for a price of over £2 million. The new Mercedes-Benz W140 also launched at the show, was completely upstaged by the launch of the unexpected, vermilion red, new Bentley Coupé due to the largely positive public reception.
Since its launch in 1991, the 6.75-litre Garrett-turbocharged V8 engine from the Turbo R was chosen for use in the Continental R. In early cars (produced from 1991–1993) power output of 325bhp at 4,000rpm and peak torque of 450 lb/ft at 2,000rpm was available, although this was always estimated as at that time, Rolls-Royce still had a policy of not supplying official figures, preferring to describe power output simply as “sufficient”.
The car used the new 4-speed GM 4L80-E automatic transmission which had been exhaustively tested by Rolls Royce, over 1,000,000 miles, and modified by them in order to deliver very high levels of refinement. The car featured self-levelling hydraulic suspension (with adaptive ride/Automatic Ride Control) and ventilated disc brakes at the front with twin callipers. Engine management was done via the MK-Motronic digital fuel injection with fully mapped ignition control system. At launch, advertised top speed was 145 mph, along with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.6 seconds.
The Continental S was a limited-edition performance model introduced in 1994 and 1995 with a liquid cooled charge cooler added. Only thirty seven were produced and offered to established Bentley customers. The late Alan Clark MP was one such owner. This engine had an estimated output of 385bhp, and 0–60mph acceleration time improved to 6.1 seconds.
The superbly rare Continental S offered here was ordered with every factory optional extra and the list is exhaustive. The sumptuous interior benefits from rear tables, video screens, polished walnut steering wheel, cocktail cabinet and fridge. The original Bentley umbrella, tool kit and fire extinguisher all remain in the car. The original manual comes with the car and there are 11 main dealer services in the history file. Costing a staggering £250,000 when new this is one of the rarest Continentals and presented in excellent condition throughout.
|Auction Date||12th September 2019|
|Day of Auction||Day 1 - Thursday|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
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