Mulsanne Eight & Turbo 1980 to 1992
Bentley Mulsanne Eight & Turbo 1980 to 1992
The 1970s had not been good to Bentley, having a range that differed so little from the Rolls Royce models they were based on had damaged identity and sales. The Mulsanne and Eight were still derivatives of Rolls Royce models (the Silver Spirit), but they had different nose treatments, and a more supportive seat. Bentley was starting to differentiate its brand, as being more of a sporting drive, emphasised in models like the Mulsanne S, and more particularly in the Turbo of 1982. The Turbo really caught on in the public's eye, and it became a core model in Bentley's return to form. It was therefore developed quite quickly, with a more powerful R version. The Continental and Azure were based on these saloons - and had an even longer life!
Mulsanne, Mulsanne S, and Eight were all fitted with a 235/70HR15 tyre as standard.
Turbo models were fitted with a 255/65VR15, with the Turbo R having a 275/55VR15 optional tyre from 1987.