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.
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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
2002 Bentley Arnage T
When you’re an automaker that’s nearly a century old, playing catch up isn’t always easy. The problem lies in mixing tradition with innovation, striking a balance between the things that brought success in the past, and the things that are required by the future. The full-size Arnage T sedan manages to find such an equilibrium, but it does so through somewhat shocking means. The essentials are all present and correct, with an abundance of class, style, and luxury permeating throughout. But along with these Bentley basics comes an unprecedented need for speed, courtesy of nearly 7 liters of displacement, two turbochargers, and sporty suspension tuning. The result is an old-school throwback with modern bite.
Named after a corner at the Circuit de la Sarthe, home to the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the Arnage arrived at a time of upheaval within Bentley. Anxiety over a buyout by Volkswagen left many wondering where the marque would head next, but the Arnage answered by becoming Bentley’s best-selling model.
At launch, the Arnage T was the first Bentley designed wholly by computer, and it was the first Bentley to use engine components from VW. These steps forward certainly had their benefit, though, as for a while, the Arnage T was not only the most powerful road-going four-door to bear a winged B, but it was also the fastest sedan in the world.
Essentially, the Arnage T mixes classic British luxury with contemporary expectations. Read on to see how it all played out.
Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Arnage T.
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).
The Bentley Arnage is a car produced by Bentley in the United Kingdom beginning in late 1998. Although having undergone various alterations, much of the design remained the same. This vast car is more than 5 m long, almost 2 m wide, and having a mass of over 2.5 metric tonnes.
The Arnage was originally launched with a 4398 cmÂ³ BMW V8 engine, with twin turbochargers, developing some 350 bhp (260 kW). It followed the launch of its shorter-lived twin, the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph. The basic Arnage was renamed the Arnage Green Label in 2000, its last model year.