For the model year 1998, i.e. with deliveries commencing from the second half of 1997 onward, some of the features of the Bentley Continental T became available on the new Bentley Turbo RT, which replaced the Bentley Turbo R. With an engine achieving 400 bhp and a maximum torque of 590 lb/ft (800 Nm), attained between 2000 and 3450 rpm, the experience of driving a Bentley RT was almost outside the normal frame of reference. The new Turbo RT's specification included a radiator mesh grille and colour-coded bumpers with bright mesh inserts.
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration; aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners; bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder heads, Zytek EMS3 digital engine management, exhaust driven Garrett AirResearch turbocharger with intercooler; 4-speed automatic gearbox; independent suspension front and rear with adaptive ride control; ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear, anti locking device; wheelbase 3,161 mm (124.5 in); tyre size 255/55WR17; max. speed 155 mph (250 km/h)