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.
The Bentley Arnage on offer today was purchased through renowned franchise holder H.R. Owen on 20/10/00. Finished in Silver Pearl with cream leather interior this Arnage has covered just under 23,800 miles which not only has this verified through its stamped service record book, but through the condition of the car’s interior. All service stamped are through main Bentley dealers, with nine from Bentley Cheltenham.
This stunning Bentley Arnage was driven to the auction by the current vendor and has extremely low mileage for it’s year.