Bentley Arnage


In 2001, the Arnage RL, a long-wheelbase limousine model, was launched.

Available only as a bespoke (“Mulliner”) model, each RL was customised to

the desires of the buyer. The RL, however, was also the first of a new

series of Arnages which would break Bentley from its BMW-rooted past

permanently, as well as presenting a challenge to that company’s attempt to

revive Rolls-Royce sales.

The RL was larger than any contemporary limousine, notably including those

from its former sister company. Wheelbases ranged from 3336 mm (131 in) to

3566 mm (140 in) and even 3844 mm (151 in), the latter two including a 100

mm (3.9 in) increase in the height of the roof. The suspension was retuned

for the added weight, allowing the larger car to still handle well.

Many RL models are ordered with armoured elements, reflecting the car’s

clientelle. In fact, some of the “basic” car’s components were armoured

from the start. But a full B6 package was also available for $243,000.00 to

$300,000.00, offering protection from assault weapons and grenades. The RL

remains in production as of 2006.

Notable, though overlooked on the RL’s introduction, was an entirely

reworked engine. Where the Red Label had merely freshened the Turbo RT’s

engine, the RL featured an entirely reworked version of the old 6.75 L V8.

More than half of the engine’s parts were completely new, with Bosch

Motronic ME7.1.1 engine management replacing the old Zytec system and two

small Garrett T3 turbochargers replacing the single large T4. This new

engine developed 400 hp (298 kW) and 616 ft·lbf (835 N·m), and was said to

be capable of meeting all future emissions requirements.
Bentley Arnage R at the 2006 Salon International de l’Auto
Bentley Arnage R at the 2006 Salon International de l’Auto

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


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 450 hp (340 kW) and 645

lbf ft (875 N·m). The Arnage T’s 0–60 mph time is 5.5 s; a top speed of 168

mph (270 km/h) is claimed.

All Arnage R and T models share the same 3116 mm (122.7 in) wheelbase. The

Arnage range was facelifted in 2004, with a front end resembling that of

the new Continental GT.

For the 2007 model year, Garrett turbochargers were replaced with low

inertia Mitsubishi units designed to improve engine response. The engine

was mated to a version of the 6 speed ZF transmission found in the

Continental range.e than the current top-of-the-line 125 kW (170 hp) model.

Scribbled on November 20th 2006 in Bentley Arnage
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