Bentley Arnage - From Sports Car To Limousine

Bentley Arnage Limousine


Detroit - .While some manufacturers content themselves with making only sporting cars and as an increasing number of brands are recreated as purely limousine makers, Bentley continues its 83-year old philosophy of providing cars equally adept at both these seemingly opposed disciplines.

The Arnage Series Two range alone reflects the ethos perfectly. At one end of the series lies the Arnage T, the most powerful road going Bentley ever produced, while at the other sits the Arnage RL, a limousine of classic proportion, opulence and comfort. And between these two poles lives the Arnage R, a fine-riding luxurious express capable of providing both the refinement its owner and occupants expect, complete with a rare turn of speed whenever it is desired.

Bentley sees no conflict in putting the same car to such diverse ends. Indeed it was a practice WO Bentley started in the 1920s when cars using essentially the same engines and chassis could be found either wearing elegant limousine coachwork and transporting the cream of society from one function to the next, or crossing the finishing line at Le Mans, the entire field trailing in their wake. If the fundamental design and engineering of the car is right, it will perform whatever job is required.

It is a natural extension of this philosophy that found Bentley continuing its quest to win Le Mans, as were designing and building an all new State Limousine for The Queen in 2002. It is humbly submitted that this is a feat no marque save Bentley could have credibly performed.

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Published 9 January 2003 Melanie Carter

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