'The Turbo R has something that no other manufacturer can emulate: an unmistakable and deeply ingrained quality. Inside, whether at the wheel or reclining in the rear chairs, the aura is unique. This is a jewel of a motorcar, crafted to stand the test of time.' Sports Car International.
Introduced at Geneva in 1985, the Turbo R continued the modern 'Blower Bentley' theme, but with the added refinement of suspension better suited to the car's increased performance. Outwardly the R differed from the preceding Mulsanne Turbo by virtue of its cast-alloy wheels shod with low-profile Pirelli tyres, while inside there was a revised fascia with rev-counter included amongst the comprehensive instrumentation. In a break with Rolls-Royce tradition, power figures were made public for the first time, revealing that the engine produced 320bhp and a staggering 475lb/ft of torque, which on the road translated into a 0-60mph time of around 7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. Described by Autocar magazine as 'an outrageous concoction of sledgehammer performance and sybaritic luxury', the Turbo R remains as formidable now as when it debuted more than 20 years ago.
This 1994 model-year Turbo R incorporates all the mechanical and other improvements made a few years previously, featuring quad headlights, deeper front/rear spoilers and body coloured side skirts, while the Bosch MK Motronic engine management system enables it to cope with regular unleaded fuel. 'L802 EPJ' has had only five owners (two from the same family) and has covered only 27,500 miles from new. The car is finished in Racing Green with matching dash roll, tan leather seats and door panels, and burr walnut dashboard and door cappings. In addition the interior also features lambs' wool over-rugs and opera mirrors to the rear.
The current vendor purchased the Bentley at Bonhams' sale at the Goodwood Revival meeting in September 2011 (Lot 208) and exported the car to the Republic of Ireland where it is currently registered. Since then the Bentley has been regularly serviced by marque specialists Barker Brothers in Dublin (most recently in November 2014) and comes with the relevant invoices. It has also been through the local roadworthiness test (NCT).
Described by the private vendor as in immaculate, blemish-free condition, this outstanding Turbo R comes with full UK and Ireland service history; all expired MoT certificates verifying the recorded mileage; Irish registration papers and current NCT.