Named after a famous racetrack of the 1920s, the stately Bentley Brooklands coupe was essentially a hardtop version of the Azure convertible. It had the same nose, doors and basic shape, but featured an entirely new roof structure (obviously) that lent a subsequent increase in body rigidity. Firmer dampers and an adjustable suspension also added more sporting character than its convertible sibling, but the Brooklands lost none of that "wafting upon a cloud of woven silk" driving experience one expected from Britain's second-most posh automotive brand.
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The Bentley Brooklands was a hardtop ultraluxury coupe that seated four people in decadent comfort. Since its debut in 2009 to its curtain call in 2011, it remained largely unchanged. It was replaced by the Bentley Mulsanne as the company's flagship vehicle.
The Bentley Brooklands was powered by a 6.8-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 530 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic with a manual shift mode were standard. Bentley estimated the Brooklands accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat.
Standard features highlights included 20-inch wheels, a sport suspension, parking assist, copious amounts of premium veneer, leather-trimmed everything, 27 available hide colors, heated and massaging front seats, twin electrically adjustable rear seats with heat and lumbar, two trunk-mounted umbrellas, Bluetooth and a navigation system. Options were limited to customization items like a stainless-steel grille, custom paint and leather colors, diamond-quilted leather upholstery and different interior trim. Carbon-ceramic brakes were also optional.
As expected, the Brooklands had an interior fit for the queen. If a surface wasn't swathed in supple hides, it was decorated with chrome or adorned in one of the many rich veneers available. If wood didn't meet your fancy, carbon fiber, engine-turned aluminum and something called "Dark Stained Vavona veneer with Dark Stained Burr Walnut substrate" was available. Craftsmanship was also exemplary, although one would have hoped so at its $340,000 price point when new.
The overall interior design was -- like the exterior -- classic to a T. The dash was upright and featured very few modern cues. For instance, both the audio controls and navigation controls were hidden behind panels. Elsewhere in the sumptuous cabin, rear passengers were treated to space unparalleled in a two-door car. The Brooklands featured as much backseat legroom as the Arnage sedan, while 6-footers found plenty of headroom. Exiting the aft quarters was made easier by a secondary door latch handle in each door.
Indeed, the Bentley Brooklands was a car from another era, for a specific type of car buyer who wanted their engine torque plentiful and interior veneer to match. If that describes you, perhaps a used Brooklands is your type of car.