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2005 Bentley Arnage Review
A high-end luxury car with a vintage feel.
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The 2005 Arnage classifies as a large luxury car produced by Bentley Motors in Crewe, England. The Arnage debuted in 1998 along with the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph. When Bentley released it in the spring of 1998, the Arnage represented a completely new design for the marquee and the first new design since 1980. The 2005 Bentley Arnage stretches more than five meters in length and 1.9 meters in width. It has a curb weight of more than 2.5 metric tons.
The Arnage initially launched in two versions: Red Label and Green Label. The 2005 Bentley Arnage sells as the Arnage R, Arnage RL, and Arnage T. The Arnage RL provides an extended-wheelbase version of the Arnage R. This version stretches around 9.8 inches longer than the Arnage R, with the length added to the rear. The Arnage R and Arnage T debuted in 2002. The Arnage T launched at the Detroit Auto Show and claimed to be the most powerful road-going Bentley at the time of its launch.
Engines: 6.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Bentley Arnage R, Bentley Arnage RL, Bentley Arnage T
The 2005 Bentley Arnage has been revamped for this model year. Apart from some exterior changes, it shows no new changes from the previous model year.
The Bentley Arnage receives some significant changes in terms of its interior. Previous models used six headlights, with four of them being placed behind the windows. The 2005 model features only four of them, set deep in sheet medal and surrounded by chrome bezels. Two of these headlights are xenon. The bumper has been revised, and so has the hood line. The 2005 Bentley Arnage also offers two front grille patterns and new wheels as well. The car looks a lot like the old Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph but maintains its own distinct styling and identity. Buyers can choose between forty different body colors for a single-tone or a two-tone pattern.
The most critical aspect of the 2005 Bentley Arnage concerns its interior. As a super-luxury car that can be compared to Rolls-Royce and Maybach, the Arnage should have some of the best interiors. It does not disappoint. The interior leather upholstery comes in 27 different options. The rear seats move forward with the push of a button, and another button turns the lower seatback as hard as oak for those with spine problems. Wood trays pop out of the front seatbacks for the rear occupants.
Passengers get plenty of legroom, just slightly short of the leg space offered for a first-class seat on a 747. The interior comes filled with some of the rarest wood trims, including dark oak and bird’s eye maple. The gauges have a yellowish ivory color. Among all these traditional luxury elements, a few technological elements exist as well. For example, the Arnage includes a DVD-based satellite navigation system. The driver’s seat moves backward for easier entry and exit.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Bentley Arnage comes in two variants. The first variant, the Arnage R, runs on a twin-turbocharged, 6.8-liter, V-8 engine that cranks out 400 horsepower and 616 lb-ft of torque.
The second variant, the Arnage T, delivers a better performance, with a V-8 engine that generates 450 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Both engines mate to a four-speed automatic transmission. According to Bentley, the Arnage T reaches 60 mph from a standstill within 5.5 seconds, while the Arnage R manages the same in 5.9 seconds.
It should be noted that the V-8 engine under the hood of the Arnage can be traced back to the 1955 GM design, and it still delivers incredible performance. The car moves fast, and it never provides a dull moment in its ride. The handling feels precise as well, thanks to the influence of German automaker Volkswagen. Although the Arnage seems a little numb, it offers a linear feel, and an amazing driving experience overall.
The 2005 Bentley Arnage comes fitted with standard safety features, such as traction control, side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags, an electronic stability system, and anti-lock brakes. Government crash test information remains unavailable for the Arnage.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of power
- Incredibly luxurious interior
- Unique style
You Won't Like
- Lack of modern styling or appeal
- Poor fuel economy
A high-end luxury car with a vintage feel.
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