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.
The Queen of England may not have the power that she once had, but she certainly remains a powerful figure in the hearts of all British folks. On June 2, 2012 the Queen celebrated her 60th year on the throne, which brought about a celebration dubbed the Diamond Jubilee – “Diamond” indicates 60 years, for those wondering.
In the festivities, the Queen was spotted riding around in a rather luxurious automobile that one of our readers keenly pointed out is either a Rolls-Royce or Bentley , and he turned to us for help identifying the car and telling him a little about it. Figuring he is not the only person interested in the topic, we felt that a full-on review was in order.
As it turns out, after a good amount of research, we have found out that the queen traveled around in the Jubilee in a 2002 Bentley State Limousine. This is no typical Bentley limo either, as it is fit for a… Well, Queen, of course!
Click past the jump to read our full review of the Queen’s ride.
The English coach builder Bentley is teasing us again! For the sixth time the exclusive luxury automaker is giving us a taste of the all new Grand Bentley that will be unveiled at the Pebble Beach, Concours d’Elegance in Monterey this August. This time they are letting us in on what kind of tones will be making up the newest member of the Bentley family. Enjoy!
After being teased automotive enthusiasts from around the globe over and over again, the nest generation Bentley Arnage has been caught testing. The vehicle’s official debut will be made at the world’s greatest car show, the 2009 Concours D’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, on August 16th.
The new Arnage was internally known as the Project Kimberley and will be almost a foot longer than the current model. Aside from the change in length, the new Arnage will feature a redesigned front bumper, new rear fascia as well as a new set of shiny tailpipes.
Under the hood the English coach builder will use a gas burning 6.75 Liter V8 engine that will deliver 550 HP and up to 750 lb-ft of torque. So even if the new Arnage tips the scales at over 5000 pounds, this new Bentley will have enough brute force under the bonnet to keep up with much less luxurious sports cars in a straight line.
It’s true that the British coach builderkeeps teasing us with the "New Bentley", but the Arnage’s successor stood no chance against the spy photographers who caught it undisguised out of the company’s headquarters in Crewe, England.
Even if the car has no name yet, you can easily see its design is much more modern than the car it replaces. With this new model, Bentley has decided to deliver a big set of heads aches to Rolls Royce. The new Arnage will come with an imposing front end, made up of a pair of oversized chrome mesh with some rather large LED lit headlamps.
Details about the next generation Bentley Arnage have been circulating around the Internet for quite a while now. Well, it is official that the luxury limousine will make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this August and will go into production by he second half of 2010.
Codenamed Project Kimberly, the next Arnage will be built on Audi’s modular platform, the same structure that supports everything from the A4 to the A8. Under the hood there will be more than enough power coming from an 8 cylinder engine mated to a ZF 8 speed automatic transmission; there were also rumors floating around about a possible diesel V12 .
There was even talk that the W16 from the Bugatti Veyron could find its way into the production Arnage. If that does happen, chances are that it will be under the hood of the top of the line, Arnage T. Despite the overwhelming weight of the big Bentley, it should be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in under 5 seconds.
David Beckham, ya know the soccer star, is selling his fully equipped and customized Bentley Arnage T. The car was specially built for Beckman, and it’s the car he used to get knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
The car is with fitted more than £70,000 worth of extras. While many of these are options that most could have received from Bentley directly, very few have had the name "Victoria" stitched the rear center cushion box.
The car is powered by the standard 6.75-liter V8 equipped with two turbochargers that delivers 450 hp. The big engine is good enough to propel car’s the two and a half ton bulk from 0-62mph in under six seconds and on to a top speed of 170mph.
Bentley revealed the first Arnage back in 1998. After a long and successful story the model has come to an end. To celebrate the end of its life the company will unveil at the Paris Auto Show a limited edition Arnage. Called "Final Series", this special edition will be limited to only 150 units and will be produced at the Crewe facility.
The engine, transmission, chassis and running gear of the Arnage Final Series are identical to those previously employed in Arnage T. In this specification, Bentley’s remarkable all-aluminium 6.75 liter V8 engine produces 500 bhp and 738lb ft of torque.
Acceleration to 60 mph is accomplished in 5.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.5 secs) with 100 mph reached in 12.1 seconds. Top speed of the Final Series is 179 mph.
The six-speed ZF automatic transmission, first introduced for the 2007 model, ensures optimum flexibility, response and refinement. Three transmission modes (Drive, Sport and Semi-Automatic) allow the driver to take full advantage of the powerful 500 bhp V8 engine.
Bentley will replace the current Arnage with an all-new design in about two years’ time. The future Arnage will feature a version of Audi’s spaceframe chassis and will be around 150 kg lighter.
The new Arnage will continue to have the unique proportions of the current model, particularly the traditional high roof and seating position, that give the car its "soul".
Rumors about Bentley going diesel or hybrid has been denied by Bentley chairman Franz-Josef Paefgen: "We have the technology to do a diesel right now," said Paefgen, "but whether we do it really depends on how successful VW, Mercedes and others are at normalising diesel sales in the US. Bentley could never lead the field in that area. You could only ever respond to a strong demand."
A recently Arnage prototype has been powered by the 987bhp Bugatti W16 engine.