The Bentley Arnage is a large luxury car built in Crewe, England from 1998 to 2009. The Arnage was the first entirely new design for the English coach builder since 1980. Powered by a 6.75 Liter V8 derived from a BMW unit and prepared with a twin turbo setup by Cosworth, the mill was good for as much as 500 HP and could accelerate the Arnage from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 MPH.
Bentley is already working at the next generation Arnage that will be launched in 2010. A true Rolls-Royce beater, the 2010 Arnage will be priced at around £180,000 for the base version, and rise to in excess of £200,000 for the W16-engined Arnage T version.
The new Arnage will be even bigger than the model it’s set to replace. The increased length will ensure the new range-topper provides limousine levels of space inside. And for the first time ever, bosses are considering the possibility of using a diesel in the Arnage.
Also rumors say that the W16 engine from the Bugatti Veyron supercar is also under consideration for the big Bentley. It would be most suited to the range-topping Arnage T model, and have enough power to propel the four-door from 0-62mph in well under five seconds.
Autocar reports that the Bentley Arnage will be replaced with a new model for the 2010 model year. Amid speculation that the Veyron-engined Arnage built recently and described by Bentley as a “prototype” is an indication of the next-generation Arnage’s powerplant – almost 1000 hp – the word is that the 2010 Arnage will have an aluminum spaceframe chassis produced by Audi, an aluminum body, and possibly a hybrid version of the current 6.75 liter V-8 using the transmission developed for the Audi (...) More
An Automotive News report says that Bentley will launch next year at Geneva Motor Show a coupe version for the Arnage sedan. The new coupe it is supposed to be a rival for the new coupe convertible from Rolls Royce. Based on the Arnage platform, the coupe will be powered by 6.75 liters V8 twin-turbo engine with an output of 460 hp and 644 lbs-ft of torque.
Bentley Motors continues the intensive development of its flagship Arnage range with the introduction of a major programme of powertrain and chassis enhancements for the 2007 Model Year. The Arnage’s renowned 6.75-litre V8 engine now develops up to 500bhp and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission benefiting performance, driving dynamics and refinement. The powertrain changes are complemented by subtle exterior, interior and under-bonnet design cues.
The Arnage T, also from 2002, was claimed to be the most powerful roadgoing Bentley at its launch at the Detroit Motor Show. As with the Arnage R, there were twin turbochargers, but tuned to develop 450 bhp (340 kW) and 645 lbf ft (875 NÂ·m). The Arnage T’s 0-60 mph time is 5.5 s; a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) is claimed.
In 2002, Bentley announced its "Series Two" Arnages. These featured some detail improvements, with the Red Label giving way to the Arnage R. This model was launched to contrast the Arnage T, which was developed to be more sporting. The Arnage R features two Garrett T3 turbochargers, as with the RL. A torque of 616 lbfÂ·ft (835 NÂ·m) is delivered to the Arnage R and Arnage RL. The Arnage R does 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.9 s; the Arnage RL takes 6.0 s. Top speed is a claimed 155 mph (250 km/h).