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Bentley Arnage

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Bentley Arnage

Most models of the Bentley Arnage come with extra-hot horseradish performance

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
6.7 i V8 16V 405 hp 20.6 l/100km Petrol 6.3 s 250 km/h
6.7 i V8 16V RL 405 hp 22.7 l/100km Petrol 7 s 250 km/h
6.75 i V8 twin turbo 457 hp 20.6 l/100km Petrol 5.8 s 270 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 5 390 mm
Width 1 932 mm
Height 1 515 mm
Wheelbase 3 116 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 2 585 kg
Weight (max) 2 970 kg
Boot space (min) 374 l
Boot space (max) 374 l
Fuel capacity 100 l


   The Bentley Arnage is produced since 2001. The Arnage R is the base model, while it is also available as an extended-wheelbase version Arnage RL limousine.

   The both models come with a 6.7-liter BMW V8 engine, delivering 405 hp. It has stunning acceleration for a car with weights over 2.5 tones. The Arnage T is a sportier model, featuring an uprated engine, which delivers 457 hp. The T model has a slightly different styling. All engines are coupled with an automatic gearbox.

   The Arnage has a very soft ride, but cornering might be tricky for such a bulky car with the rear driven wheels. Going through the corners there is an excessive tail tweak. It is much more suitable for relaxed hot-rod cruising. Steering is light.

   Despite it's high performance, most of the noises are well contained. However wind and road noises are more noticeable than on some of it's rivals.

   This luxury car will hit hard on the owner's pocket. It's more expensive than the BMW, Jaguar or Mercedes-Benz of the same class, that only lack it's prestige. Running and servicing for the Bentley Arnage are crushing. It will also cost you a fortune to insure such car. Another heart attack for the owners is Arnages resale values. It will be worth only half of it's value after three years. Much of it's mechanical components are proven though.

   Bentley's interior is classy and companies craftsmanship is unmatched. Materials can be customized to suit every client. Leather and wood are nicely matched. Great attention to details and plenty of luxury touches is the way Bentley builds it's prestige cars. Unfortunately switchgear is scattered around the cabin and ergonomics sacrificed for fashion.

   Driving position is high and it lacks adjustments. The front seats could also give more side support in cornering. Most of the Arnage's rivals offer more satisfaction at this point.

   The rear accommodation is adequate for most people. Rear head- and legroom could be improved though, in case owner prefers to hire a personal chauffeur. The boot is smaller than Ford Mondeo's.

   On the safety list there are twin front, side and curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes with traction control are also standard. It also features a high level of security kit to keep the thieves away.

   The Bentley Arnage has got everything luxury car buyers might expect. Climate control and satellite navigation are just basics comparing with a terrific stereo and other goodies. The Arnage RL limousine comes with armored elements, while you can customize this car with an unbelievable range of options, just be ready to pay for it.

   Production of the Bentley Arnage still continues.


   Advantages: As British as roast beef, except most Arnage models come with extra-hot horseradish performance from V8.

   Disadvantages: Crushing running costs prohibit ownership for even some wealthy drivers. Fails to satisfy on practical levels.

   Verdict: Stick on Rule Britannia and just smile.

   Also consider: Maybach 57, Rolls-Royce Phantom.


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