Arnage-based Brooklands is Bentley's first big coupé since the Continental series of the 1990s
6 March 2007

Big, isn’t it? It’s going to be very rare as well — Bentley will build just 550 5.4-metre-long Brooklands models, a hand-built Arnage-based coupé. The imposing four-seater was launched at Geneva this morning (6 March).

You do get the most powerful V8 Bentley’s ever made, though. A tuned version of the Arnage’s engine, itself essentially the same V8 Bentley’s used since 1959, it makes 530bhp and 774lb ft. Bentley claims this is the most torque produced by any production V8.

Bentley won’t quote performance figures yet, but promises “supercar levels of in-gear acceleration.” It’s likely to be quicker than an Azure, and that could mean a sub-5.0sec 0-60mph time. The roof will increase the shell’s stiffness, too, improving the car’s handling.

Creating the bespoke rear end involves hand-welding the rear wings to the C-pillars, although the rest of the body is essentially borrowed from the Azure convertible, also based on the Arnage. Rear seat occupants have more room in the Brooklands than in the Azure — the seats are moved back to give more legroom.

Customers can personalise the interior by specifying their own colours for leather, wood, carpets, and even seat belts.

Dan Stevens

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