AutoBlog editor John Neff may be the youngest of three brothers and used to hand-me-downs, but I bet he must be the cause for envy among his siblings as he gets to review the 2009 Bentley Brooklands up close and personal. He was recently invited to drive the 2009 Bentley Brooklands some 550 miles to Cleveland, OH where it would be picked up and driven back to Bentley’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. One of only 550 that will ever be built and one of just two in the United States right now (the other is parked at Manhattan Motorcars in New York City), the Brooklands he drove is the most expensive and rare vehicle in Bentley’s lineup. It has a base price of $340,990, though this one was optioned up to $391,465 with items like 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels; an interior comprised entirely of Burnt Oak leather hides, Burr Walnut wood veneers, and chromed stainless steel; and the world’s largest carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Besides giving us the nitty-gritty of driving such a fabulous car, he also gives us a fair view of what it’s like to drive an ace! Check out the review here.
A few points that can be noted from the review of the 2009 Bentley Brooklands:
– The car does not have keyless entry or remote start
– Electronic gadgets are conspicuously absent
– It does have a navigation screen that pops up on top of the dash, but it requires a remote to interface with
– No fewer than seven analog gauges are there
– The front seats also feature a massage function
– Passengers in the two rear seats get limo-like head and legroom thanks to the long wheelbase and wide track, as well as a full complement of electronic adjustments for their own thrones.