Car of the Year 2009: No. 11: Bentley Brooklands

  • Photograph by Cordero Studios (
    Photograph by Cordero Studios (
  • Photograph by Cordero Studios (
    Photograph by Cordero Studios (
  • Photograph by Cordero Studios (
  • Photograph by Cordero Studios (
<< Back to Robb Report, March 2009
  • Paul Dean and Marco R. della Cava

No Apologies
The Bentley Brooklands is heavier than vehicles that deliver refrigerators, costs more than most small businesses, is big enough to overflow any carport, and contains no iPod jacks, paddle-shifting, keyless ignition, or similar modernisms. It may be one of the last behemoths, the cars with cavernous interiors in which you are coddled, not cramped. Its V-8 with twin turbochargers produces 530 hp, and all that muscle is needed to shove the Brooklands’ nearly three tons of metal and mechanicals down the interstates. This Bentley is a regal assault on frugality, practical motoring, and carbon footprints. Just this once, may God save the Queen. —Paul Dean

An Idol Even When Idle
Although electrical gremlins kept the Brooklands out of the initial round of test-drives, the downtime allowed judges more opportunity to marvel at the impeccable appointments scattered throughout this thoroughbred. With ample leather and enough wood to make a forest wince, this car appears to be the work of interior decorators instead of automotive designers. Under the bonnet, the Brooklands has a 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that generates a gut-stirring 774 ft lbs of torque, which enables the car to reach 60 mph in five seconds. But you do not buy this vehicle to drag race a 911 for pink slips. The Brooklands could hold its own in such a race, but this car is intended more for savoring the trip than for sprinting to the finish. —Marco R. della Cava


Configuration Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe
Engine 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Power 530 hp at 4,000 rpm
Torque 774 ft lbs at 3,250 rpm
Zero to 60 5 seconds
Top Speed 184 mph
Base Price $348,085
Price as Tested $391,465
Robb Report Rating 74.1

From Around the Web...
Photo by Petrolicious
Our partner Petrolicious commemorates the Ferrari 250 GTO by putting Derek Hill behind the wheel…
These five supernaturally fast supercars will get your pulse pounding…
Photo by Petrolicious
An intuitive racer, the 330 P4 swept the top three places at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours endurance...
These bikes set the design and engineering standards for today’s models…
Even though hood ornaments are becoming increasingly rare, these classic designs stand the test of...
The fleet of contenders for the title includes some of the 2017’s most hotly anticipated vehicles…
These masculine machines are as thrilling to behold as they are to ride…
Photo by Petrolicious
See John von Neumann’s 625/250 TRC Ferrari here…
While not as large as some of its continental compatriots, the show was big on new debuts and...
A 1964 Porsche 904 GTS and 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB will share the spotlight at January’s Scottsdale...