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(1984 - 1992)
Bentley Eight, 1986,
#GCH16326. The Bentley Eight was recognizable at a quick glance due to a radiator with
wire mesh instead of vanes.
Aiming at prospective
purchasers of younger age there was the idea to offer a variant of the Bentley Mulsanne
conceived as a beginner's model. The outcome of this consideration to encourage younger
owners to experience the Bentley marque was the Bentley Eight. A considerable price
reduction was explained by the luxurious equipment having been slightly cut-back.
Notwithstanding the Bentley Eight, distinguished in outward appearance by a radiator
grille with wire-mesh instead of slats, hardly missed any goodie to be desired.
tightened up front suspension providing sportier handling could even be considered as an
advantage. The model became so popular that - initially only available in the UK market
it became supplied to Europe and the United States too.
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast
iron wet cylinder liners; bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750
cc, aluminium alloy cylinder heads; 2 SU carburetors (Bosch fuel injection on export
models for North America and Japan, from 1986 Bosch fuel injection standard on all
3-speed automatic gearbox; hypoid bevel final drive; independent suspension with coil
springs front and rear, hydraulic self-leveling height control rear; ventilated disc
brakes front, plain discs rear ; wheelbase 3,061 mm (120,5 in); tyres 235/70HR x
Bentley Eight, 1987. The mesh grille was a special feature of the Bentley
Eight, suggesting the marque's sporting lineage.
of Steve Stuckey, AUS)
1736 Bentley Eight