Bentley Continental R is an expensive, large and a luxury coupe produced by Bentley since the year 1991 up to 2002. It was the first Bentley to have a body style not shared with any model of Rolls Royce since the model S3 of the year 1965, which was the first vehicle to use the GM 4L80-E transmission – the most expensive, most quickest and the most powerful Bentley of its times. A derivative of the Bentley convertible was introduced in the year 1995.
Most of the components of the design of the Continental R were displayed at the Motor show held at Geneva in the year 1984, in the concept car of Rolls Royce named Project 90. An enthusiastic reception of the model gave the inspiration to the company to develop the car for a production with the name Continental R 1991. Based on the floor pan of the Bentley turbo R is styled to an aerodynamically shaped body of a coupe. The Continental was first launched at the Geneva Motor Show in the year 1991. The show car was bought by the Sultan of Brunei on-site.
The designation of the continental recalls the Bentley continental, which is present in the post-war period. The letter R in the name of the car refers the recall of R type models of Bentley from the period of 1950s and the Turbo R from the period of 1980s.The styling of the body of the car was done by Ken Greenlay and John Hefferman, which was a departure for the brand. It had a little curve in stark contrast to the flat-sided vehicles of Bentley and Rolls Royce of that time.
Even though its coefficient of drag of 0.73 was not too impressive, it was a very good improvement over the previous Bentley models. The Continental R also has the roof cut door frames, alloy wheels of 16 inch and a subtle spoiler effect at the rear. The engine of Bentley Turbo R, which is 6.75 L Garrett turbo-charged, was chosen for the engine of Continental R. The estimated power output of the car is 352 hp and it produces a torque of 610 N-m.
The car had used the GM 4L80-E automatic transmission with 4 speeds and it also has the ventilated disc brakes, placed in the front wheels of the car. The maximum speed of the car is 145 mph, while its acceleration time to speed up from 0 to 60 mph is about 6.6 seconds.