Since the Camargue was dropped by Rolls-Royce in 1986, the British marque was in sore need of a nice two-door sedan, a niche that the 1991 Bentley Continental R filled quite nicely. Built on the strength of the awesome Bentley Turbo R, the Continental GT was as a force of nature, sleek and massive and supremely fast. It also featured a host of technological innovations for Bentley, including a gear selector NOT on the steering column, a first in a very long time, as well as a variable boost turbocharger, which provided the engine with more power, even as the Turbo was already operating at peak output. Of course, the Continental R was everything if not extremely luxurious, as you would expect from a car from Crewe.
Like all Bentleys and Rolls-Royce of the time the Continental R was powered by the marque’s venerable, if not ancient 6.75-liter V8, Turbocharged for the occasion, that managed to fulfill its role extremel y well, with its ‘adequate’ horsepower figure. It could reach a top speed of 145 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 6.9 seconds, fast enough to make you spill your tea!
The Bentley Continental R, introduced in 1991, remained in production until 2003, along with its convertible sibling, the Bentley Azure. Fast, luxurious and imminently exclusive, it was the last of a dying breed.