Bentley Arnage - From Sports Car To Limousine | Part Two

Bentley Arnage T

 

Bentley Arnage T

The Arnage T is nothing less than the most powerful and fastest road-going Bentley in the company's history. And if its 450bhp power output sounds ferocious, the real secret of its success is the 875Nm/645lb.ft at 3250rpm of torque produced by its redesigned 6.75-litre, V8, twin-turbo engine. The result is a car that will reach 60mph from rest in 5.5 sec and carry on to a top speed of 168mph.

Like all Series Two Arnages, the Arnage T has been entirely re-engineered from bumper to bumper. Its bodyshell has been greatly stiffened to provide a yet more stable platform and thereby enhancing both ride and handling. Its suspension has been revised to give even greater wheel control while the latest Bosch ESP stability programme helps to maintain vehicle stability in critical driving conditions. In terms of safety the whole Arnage range is equipped with a complete suite of enhancements, including side airbags and full-length curtain bags.

In addition to this and in keeping with its role as the most sporting of the new Arnage range, the T benefits from bespoke suspension settings to make sure it goes around corners as well as it tackles the straights. Stiffer springs and dampers bring unprecedented levels of body control and driver appeal while retaining a ride quality that is firm but always comfortable.

The Arnage T also benefits from a whole host of subtle styling changes. On the outside there are new bumpers front and rear, redesigned tailpipes and side sills, a reduced amount of chrome and, of course, the famous black badge, denoting that this car is from Bentley's most sporting stable. Inside there are new seats with diamond pattern upholstery, white on black instruments, an optional turned aluminium dashboard and knurling on many controls such as the inside of the door handles, organ stop ventilation controls and window locks. In addition the Arnage T can also be equipped with a set of 19 inch two piece wheels, which are an optional (standard in the USA), unique feature on this particular Bentley.

The combined effect of these changes is to give the Arnage T an air of extreme purpose without having to resort to any of the ostentatious additions that adorn other cars of similar performance. It is a car that merely hints at its potential, preferring when the time comes, to let its supercar performance do the talking.

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Published 9 January 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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