For the quintessential British automaker, 2020 is a special year. Most famous for iconic their grand tourers and sedans, Bentley is celebrating their centennial. The company has also recently entered the SUV-space with the introduction of the Bentayga, which has quickly set the tone as the brand’s best seller.
The Flying Spur is the latest vehicle to undergo a redesign – just in time for 2020. For the near future, Bentley has been aggressively preparing their entire roster for the utilization of plug-in hybrid drivetrains. So most of the current lineup – and certainly older models – are there for the taking for those who prefer the more classical take from the brand, before things really begin to pivot.
Here is a list of the cheapest brand new Bentleys you can buy today, along with the most affordable models you are likely to come across while scouring the classifieds.
Cheapest & Most Affordable New Bentleys
2020 Bentley Bentayga
Base price: $156,900 / Engine: 3.0L turbocharged V6 w/ 17.3 kWh electric motor / Power: 449 hp / Torque: 516 lb-ft / 0-60 mph: 5.2 s
The Bentayga Hybrid is Bentley’s first step on a journey towards an electric future, embracing forward-thinking technology to enhance modern living. It delivers all the impressive performance and exquisite craftsmanship you would expect from a Bentley. It is also the gateway car into both the brand and the model, as Bentley’s most inexpensive (base price) offering. The range topping Bentayga Speed W12 however, will cost almost double that, mind you.
2020 Bentley Continental GT
Base price: $201,225 / Engine: 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 / Power: 542 hp @ 5,750 rpm / Torque: 568 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm / 0-60 mph: 3.5 s
With a lively V8 engine delivering irresistibly dynamic performance, accompanied by the sound of its uniquely emotive burble, the new Bentley Continental GT V8 offers a truly engaging driving experience. Those who desire the more traditional W12 engine in the Continental will still be able to get it, at a premium of roughly $20,000. Available in both coupe and convertible variants, the Continental GT remains one of the most breathtaking grand tourers available.
2020 Bentley Flying Spur
Base price: $214,600 / Engine: 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 / Power: 626 hp @ 5,000 rpm / Torque: 664 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm / 0-60 mph: 3.7 s
Graceful yet commanding form, intricate detailing and sharp design lines; the new Flying Spur has an assertive road presence. Inside, tactile materials and modern craftsmanship combine to create a stylish and tranquil environment. Refreshed for 2020, the Flying Spur benefits from the standard 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12, though like the Bentayga, more engine options will likely become available in the near future.
2020 Bentley Mulsanne
Base price: $342,300 / Engine: 6.8L twin-turbocharged V8 / Power: 537 hp @ 4,000 rpm / Torque: 811 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm / 0-60 mph: 4.9 s
The largest, priciest and most luxurious Bentley continues to be its flagship car. Although it only sells several hundred units worldwide per year, it continues to occupy the highest pinnacle in the luxury car hierarchy. Admittedly, the Mulsanne is overdue for an update and unfortunately that is not going to happen in time for the 2020 model year. Word has it that the next generation Mulsanne will feature hybrid and fully-electric engine options. For the meantime, it continues to exclusively use the 6.8L twin-turbocharged V8 engine shared with many Rolls Royce models.
Cheapest & Most Affordable Used Bentleys
Bentley Mulsanne S (1988-1992)
Price Range: $15,000 – $30,000
If you don’t want to pay old money for a Mulsanne (and also don’t mind an actual old Mulsanne) then this is your ticket in. This iteration of the Mulsanne was the first modern “square body” to come from the brand. Prior to this, Bentley cars had a primarily round and curvy shape to them.
The first Mulsannes were actually released in 1980, and after a reshuffle in the lineup, the base Mulsanne became the Mulsanne S from 1988-1992. It is this particular range of the model that we have included, as it is the most commonly found on the marketplace.
Bentley Brooklands (1992-1998)
Price Range: $15,000 – $35,000
The Bentley Brooklands was introduced in 1992 as the successor to the aforementioned Bentley Mulsanne S. Rolls-Royce designed the Brooklands to be a cheaper alternative to the Bentley Turbo R, with essentially the same underpinnings, but without the latter’s turbocharged engine.
Later versions of the model would have a turbocharged option, though these examples naturally tend to fetch a bit more on the used market. Along with that, limited production trims known as the Trophy Edition and R, would provide the swan-song for the generation – asking prices are at the very top end of the range for those cars.
Bentley Turbo R (1985-1997)
Price Range: $15,000 – $40,000
The Bentley Turbo R replaced the outgoing Mulsanne Turbo and was to become Bentley’s statement car of the era, with its transformation from an opulent, but soft cruiser to a legitimate performance sedan.
Standing for “roadholding”, the “R” was considered the high-performance car in the British automaker’s lineup. Not just for its powerful 6.75L turbocharged engine, but also for its sport-tuned suspension and stiffer chassis.
With its focus on presenting a racing persona throughout its entire production run, the Turbo R was the only Bentley you could find with carbon-fibre panels, instead of the usual walnut, inside the car.
Bentley Arnage (1998-2009)
Price Range: $20,000 – $60,000
The Arnage is unique even within the Bentley roster, in that it was powered by a BMW twin-turbocharged V8 engine for its release. A twin version of the car, known as the Silver Seraph, was given a BMW V12 engine.
Later on in the production run other trims were released, with the Arnage Red Label seeing the return of the infamous Rolls-Royce 6.75L V8 engine, which helped to make it the most torque-y four-door car in the world at the time.
That’s all the more impressive, considering that the Arnage is a big boy – at more than 5 meters long and 2 meters wide, the car weighed in at over 5,500 lbs. Nevertheless, the car exudes undeniable class and stature that none of its rivals could ever touch.
Bentley S1 (1955-1959)
Price Range: $25,000 – $45,000
Ok, so we have to go quite a bit further back in time for this one – but that’s part of this car’s allure. The Bentley S1 is as classic as a car can get. It harkens back to the very infancy of the post-war era, where new ideas and fresh starts were the dominating thoughts of the time.
The S1 was roomier, more powerful and more rigid than its predecessor; the old Silver Dawn and Mk VI. The cars are highly desirable collectors’ items, and don’t cost an exorbitant amount of money when all is said and done.
Given the age of the cars, you’re not going to find many in original condition. However, properly restored examples often have had more money put into them than they are selling for. You can easily find these for under $35,000 and turn heads at the cars and coffee meets as much as any other car.
Bentley Continental GT (2003-2011)
Price Range: $25,000 – $50,000
Like the Mulsanne mentioned earlier, a first generation Continental GT is a great gateway car into the brand. The Continental GT is a true grand tourer, with comfortable seating for 4 passengers thanks to its roomy 2+2 configuration.
For an early-millennium car, the Continental GT boasted some of the most impressive technologies of the day. Powered by a 6.0L W12 which produced 552 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, the car was a rocket; but it was also smooth and composed, thanks to a ZF six-speed automatic and a world class all-wheel-drive system.
Used examples can be had for pennies on the dollar compared to what they cost brand new, though prospective owners should be prepared to set aside funds for costly repairs and required maintenance down the line.