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Car of the Month - March 2003
Bentley Eight, 1986,
The drive for quality, durability and safety is endless and involves
everybody at Bentley Motor Cars. That has been so for decades and
certainly was so when in 1984 the new Bentley Eight was added to the model
range. The Eight was intended to increase the appeal of the marque to
“young entrepreneurs” who might not otherwise have considered a Bentley
motor car. As regards quality no compromise had been accepted.
thorough comparison to its sister models from Rolls-Royce showed the new
model to offer a certain advantage. On the Bentley Eight – targeted at
younger drivers - front suspension was stiffer and steering more precise.
Indeed the front axle was almost the same standard as that of the very
expensive Turbo; perhaps Rolls-Royce clients
might have considered a tiny deficit on all important comfort.
in all the Bentley Eight could be recognised as the lowest priced car in
the Rolls-Royce range only because interior furnishings were slightly
reduced (no crossband inlay but plain woodwork).
regards external appearance there was a badge on the bootlid and a chrome
wire mesh grille. However the company fitted whatever individual demand
was expressed on the Eight as well as on any of their other models. Hence
there was the option – like on this model – of fitting the standard
radiator grille. An extra cost option were the distinctive alloy wheels,
too, which in 1986 had been launched as standard on all other models.