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Bentley Corniche

Bentley Corniche

Although a convertible version of the Bentley Tl was available from 1967, it wasn't until 1971 that the model became recognized in its own right - as the Bentley Corniche. The model was almost identical to its sister car, the Rolls-Royce Corniche, but was tailored more to suit traditional Bentley buyers. That meant it had to be more sporty and less ostentatious than the Rolls-Royce offering, with firmer springing and a different steering ratio. Cruise control and ventilated disc brakes appeared in 1972, while those built from 1977 onwards came with thicker impact absorbent bumpers and a rubber front spoiler. But some Bentley buyers felt short-changed by the Corniche, preferring their cars to be bespoke as opposed to badge-engineered Rolls-Royces. Only 149 Bentley Corniches were built over a 18-year period, including a handful of two-door saloon models.

Bentley Corniche Specifications

Top speed:122 mph (195 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):9.6 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:411 ci (6,750 cc)
Transmission:4-speed auto
Max power:Not quoted
Max torque:Not quoted
Weight:4,815 lb (2,166 kg)
Economy:15 mpg (5.35 km/I)

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