Series two – limousinesEdit
Wheelbases ranged from 3,336 millimetres (131.3 in) (or only slightly longer than the standard Arnage) to 3,566 millimetres (140.4 in), and even 3,844 millimetres (151.3 in), the latter two including a 100 millimetres (3.9 in) increase in the height of the roof. The 151-inch (3,800 mm) wheelbase version is stretched between the front and rear doors (rather than at the C-pillar and at the rear doors), American limousine-style. The suspension was retuned for the added weight, allowing the larger car to still handle well.
In 2002, Bentley updated the Red Label as the series two 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.
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 465 metric horsepower (342 kW/459 bhp) and 875 newton metres (645 ft·lbf). The Arnage T’s 0–60 mph time is 5.5 seconds; a top speed of 170 miles per hour (274 km/h) is claimed.
2007 mechanical upgradeEdit
|Transmission(s)||6-sp ZF automatic|
|Length||5,400–5,640 mm (212.6–222.0 in)|
|Width||1,900 mm (74.8 in)|
|Height||1,515 mm (59.6 in)|
- peak torque: 1,000 N·m (740 lb·ft) @ 3,200 rpm
- 0-60 mph: 5.2 s
- 0–100 km/h: 5.5 s
- max. speed: 290 km/h (180.2 mph)
Arnage R and Arnage RL
- max, power: 460 PS (338 kW/454 bhp) @ 4,100 rpm
- peak torque: 875 N·m (645 lb·ft) @ 1,800 rpm
- 0-60 mph: 5.5 s
- 0–100 km/h: 5.8 s
- max. speed: 270 km/h (167.8 mph)
Bentley Arnage «Final Series»
In September 2008, it was announced that Arnage production would cease in 2009, once a final run of 150 «Final Series» models has been completed.
The model is offered with 42 exterior colour schemes, 25 interior hides and three wood veneers. It can also be specified with the bespoke color-matching offered by Bentley.
The Arnage was well received by the motoring press, with most critics admiring the unimpeachable image but criticising the price and running cost.
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- ↑ Car and Driver, «ROAD TEST: Bentley Arnage» December 1998
- Ray Hutton, «’99 Bentley Arnage Preview», (July 1998): 80–81.
- Ray Hutton, «Preview: Bentley Arnage Red Label», Car and Driver (March 2000): 84–85.
- Jim McCraw, «Bentley Arnage T«, Car and Driver (October 2002): 95–98.
The basic BMW V8 Arnage was renamed the Arnage Green Label in 2000, its last model year.
Red Label and Green LabelEdit
During the takeover battle in 1998 between BMW and Volkswagen Group for ownership of Rolls Royce and Bentley Motors, BMW had threatened to stop supply of their engines if Volkswagen Group won. While the threat was later withdrawn in conjunction with BMW acquiring the right to manufacture the Rolls Royce marque at a new location, it was clear that Volkswagen could not accept the business and reputation risks associated with having their rival as a long-term business partner. Volkswagen’s response was to prepare the old pushrod 6.75 litre 16 valve engine from the Turbo R for the Arnage, designed for the lighter and smaller BMW 32 valve V8 unit. Coupled with an outdated 4-speed automatic, the engine was extremely thirsty, and would not meet government-imposed emissions standards without hasty modifications.
2000 Bentley Arnage Green Label
The revised version of the car was launched as the Arnage Red Label in October 1999. At the same time, but without the fanfare, Bentley made several minor modifications to the original BMW engine cars, and designated them as the «Arnage Green Label» for the 2000 model year. As part of the modification process, both Red and Green Label cars received stiffer body shells and larger wheels and brakes. The stiffer body shell was needed because of the extra weight of the old 6.75 engine. The larger brakes were needed for the same reason. Despite the larger brakes, braking performance worsened with the extra weight of the 6.75 engine. The braking performance of the ’99 Green Label from 70-0 was 172 feet (52 m) while the later Arnage T’s performance was 182 feet (55 m) from the same speed. The rest of the revisions included: 1. making a pop up Alpine navigation system standard 2. adding park distance control to the front and rear 3. increasing the rear seat leg room (by modifying the design of the front seat backs) 4. adding power folding exterior mirrors and 5. modifying the steering rack to reduce steering effort at low speeds. Strangely, the lens covers for the headlights went from being glass (98, 99) to plastic (2000+).
Vickers had outsourced to Cosworth the production of the old 6.75 litre Rolls-Royce engine for use in the continued Continental and Azure models, so reverting to the old standby engine was a natural choice for the company.
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