The Arnage was introduced in the spring of 1998 and was the first entirely new design for the marque since 1980. The new Arnage was originally powered by a BMW V8 engine and from 2001, a heavily modified version of the old 6.75-litre Rolls Royce engine was fitted. The Arnage T, also from 2002, was claimed to be the most powerful road-going Bentley at its launch at the Detroit Motor Show. As with the Arnage R, there were twin turbochargers, but tuned to develop 459bhp and 645 lbf·ft of torque. The Arnage T’s 0–60 mph time was reported to be 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 170mph.
Other changes included the adoption of a ‘drive-by-wire’ throttle to go hand-in-glove with Bosch’s Electronic Stability Program which replaced the Red Label’s traction control but what really gives this nearly three-ton car its immense poise is a revised suspension that features 57% more roll stiffness than the Red Label. The car’s basic structure is also 10% stiffer which means there are no creaks and squeaks of the sort that distinguished previous generations of Bentleys.
This wonderful Arnage T is presented in silver with the paintwork described to be in lovely condition and the hand stitched diamond leather Mulliner interior, polished aluminium trim and walnut veneer in good order throughout; making the passenger area extremely comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The car benefits from a comprehensive history file and has recently had a full service amounting to approximately £6,000, records of which can be found in the file. In addition to this recent service, it has also received two new batteries, tyres, brake callipers and shoes/pads. It has also been fully prepared underneath and weatherproofed protecting all the important parts of the car. A fine example of this appreciating classic, offered with current MoT and UK V5C.
Note: Interested parties should be aware that the cherished number plate is not included in the sale.