If you were one to be disappointed with the racing performance of your beautiful Bentley Continental R, then in 1996 you could have opted for the Bentley Continental T. With a shorter wheelbase than its sister vehicles, it was a little easier to handle; handling was further improved by threading it with absolutely massive tires, giving it plenty of grip. Furthermore, it also featured wider, flaring fenders so that no one would mistake the fact that you were driving the newest multi-ton race-car on the road! Once inside, the deliciously opulent Bentley luxury took over, with a decidedly retro look, harking back to the roaring 20s, when Bentley was on top of the racing world.
While Bentley and Rolls-Royce are always reluctant to share their horsepower and torque figures, the 1996 Bentley Continental T was thought to have available as much as 550 horsepower, derived from the trusty old 6.8-liter V8, appropriately turbo-charged. You could also count on as much as 650 lb/ft of torque, to effortlessly launch this massive car off the line like a rocket.
This meant that the Continental T could reach a top speed of 170 mph, and even more impressively reach 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, an incredible feat for a car weighing over 2.5 tons.
The 1996 Bentley Continental T achieved its superior speed and excellent handling at a price, though: it wasn’t nearly as polished and refined as its contemporaries. I believe that for the immense majority of people, it’s luxurious enough!