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2004 Bentley Arnage

  • 2004 Bentley Arnage R Sedan

    R Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      400/616
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $199,990
  • 2004 Bentley Arnage T Sedan

    T Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      14
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      450/645
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $228,990
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2004 Bentley Arnage Review

The 2004 Bentley Arnage is one of the premier luxury vehicles in the world.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Bentley Arnage is a very large four-door luxury sedan, all models measuring over 16 feet long, over six feet wide, and weighing nearly three tons. For a short time, it was the fastest and most powerful sedan sold, despite its massive dimensions. Arnage production began in 1998, replacing the Bentley Brooklands, and ceased in 2009 when replaced by the Mulsanne. All models had a longitudinal front-engine rear-drive layout. Engines ranged from a 4.4-liter BMW V-8 up to a 6.8-liter Rolls-Royce V-8 twin-turbo. Transmissions included either a five-speed automatic or a four-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the sedan version, an Arnage RL was released with an increased wheelbase for the series as two limousine versions. Adding just over nine inches, it was not a stretch but a high-end traditional limousine. Notably, the Arnage was the last Bentley/Rolls-Royce exclusive production car before Volkswagen Group acquired the company. Models under the new corporate structure were again re-introduced with, according to critics for better or worse, a different feel and design; primarily Volkswagen toned down the dimensions while keeping many of the tell-tale Bentley features like the large round headlights and mesh grille.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 6.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Bentley Arnage R, Bentley Arnage T, Bentley Arnage RL

What's New

After a range of significant changes between the 2002 and 2003 model year, the 2004 Bentley Arnage remains almost entirely the same.

Exterior

The 2004 Bentley Arnage exterior is extremely elegant and classy with a long and wide stance, dramatic lines, and a vintage quality to the profile. The mesh grille is stately, surrounded by large round headlights on both sides and the Bentley hood ornament above. There is little ostentatious about the exterior outside of the hood ornament. It instead depends on the overall quality of the understated details, and of course, the pure size to convey luxury.

Much of the Bentley Arnage is hand built, one of the many details adding to the uncompromising quality of the vehicle. Buyers can choose from a selection of factory hues for the body paint or can customize nearly any color they would like. The T models have a sport tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with high-end Pirelli P-Zero tires, front fog lights, and dechromed exterior trim. The Arnage R uses a comfort-tuned suspension and has smaller 18-inch wheels. The outside mirrors on all models can fold in electronically. The 2004 Arnage has a huge 26.4 gallon gas tank, which is necessary given its poor fuel economy.

Interior

The 2004 Bentley Arnage interior is extremely roomy, as would be expected from the exterior, and uses high quality materials throughout. Bentley uses what it calls ""grade-A hide upholstery,"" basically very high-quality leather in all models, and buyers can choose from a selection of colors. For trim, buyers can choose between walnut, black lacquer, oak, or bird’s-eye maple. Though the whole of the inside gives the impression of aged luxury, it is actually packed with modern technology features like a navigation screen, hidden until needed, at which point, it pops out of the dash. The front seats automatically shift position, allowing more room when entering and leaving the vehicle, and they are powered so the driver and passengers can adjust their seat.

Performance & Handling

The 400-hp, 6.8-liter V-8 can produce up to 615 lb-ft of torque, and the 450-hp 6.8-liter V-8 gets up to 645 lb-ft of torque. Both use a four-speed automatic transmission. The 400-hp Arnage R can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, and the 450-hp Arnage can go zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. This is great for any vehicle, and for vehicles that weigh over two tons it’s near miraculous. Certainly within the price range, there are far vehicles, but for the sheer amount of luxury and comfort, drivers and passengers could not ask for much more.

Handling is good, but the vehicle is bulky and drivers will feel this. Though steering could not be easier, it’s like moving a really fast luxury cruiser that steers really easily. The traction control and sheer weight will give drivers confidence around curves despite the dimensions, maneuvering city traffic is not the most enjoyable pastime, and is part of the reason so many Bentley Arnage owners have a driver instead of taking the wheel themselves. Despite its very impressive engine and other features contributing to the performance and handling, it is first and foremost a luxury vehicle.

Safety

2004 Bentley Arnage standard safety features includes anti-lock brakes, traction control, side-impact airbags, and side curtain-type airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Bentley Arnage: 9/13 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Quite ride
  • Comfort
  • Luxurious
  • Quality of build
  • Reputation

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • Fuel efficiency

Sum Up

The 2004 Bentley Arnage is one of the premier luxury vehicles in the world.

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