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2009 Bentley Arnage Review
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The 2009 Bentley Arnage is a luxury sedan that maintains its rich history. The Bentley Arnage, in its final production year, came out with a special-edition Final Edition model to join the Arnage R, Arnage T, and Arnage RL.
The Base Arnage R is equipped with a 6.8-liter 450-hp V-8 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes a chrome grille, 18-inch painted alloy wheels and performance tires, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, power door locks, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, adaptive four-wheel independent double wishbone front and rear suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), emergency braking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, high pressure headlight washers, auto delay off headlights, dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling capability, stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, eight-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, heated seats, premium leather upholstery, reclining rear seats, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front console with storage, power rear seat easy entry, speed-proportional power steering, front and rear 12-volt power outlets, front and rear parking sensors, leather/wood tilt/adjustable steering wheel with cruise control functions, interior air filtration, three-zone climate control, leather/wood interior trim, front and rear reading lights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for four drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, power antenna, and 140-watt AM/FM/CD-changer in the trunk, audio system with six speakers and separate rear audio. The Bentley R is pre-wired for cell phone use. Exterior pin striping and a front sunroof are available as cost-free options.
The Bentley Arnage T is equipped with a 6.8-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The engine’s output was increased to 500 hp on the T model; torque is rated at 738 lb-ft. Designated as Bentley’s sporty large ultra-luxury sedan, standard T-specific equipment includes 19-inch painted alloy wheels with performance tires, foglights, a sport-tuned suspension, quad tailpipes, and distinctive diamond-patterned upholstery stitching.
The Bentley RL, an extended wheelbase model of the Arnage, is commonly purchased by buyers who intend on having a driver. The length of the vehicle is 222.1 inches, almost 10 inches longer than the other models. Arnage RL-specific standard equipment includes 18-inch painted alloy wheels and performance tires, rear view camera, extended cabin heating, and a cooled storage compartment.
The Bentley Arnage Final Series is the special-edition model that is offered to commemorate the end of the Arnage model line. Equipped with a 6.8-liter 500-hp V-8 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, standard Final Series-specific equipment includes 20-inch painted alloy wheels with performance tires, drilled alloy pedals, foglights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a retractable ""flying B"" radiator mascot, satellite navigation with an enhanced display screen, iPod connectivity, a 1000-watt audio system with SD memory card slot, and 10 speakers. Flip-down wooden tables for rear passengers, rear seat document storage, and diamond-patterned door handles are also included in the Final Series models.
Optional equipment for the entire line of 2009 Bentley Arnage vehicles includes a rear cabin surround sound system, massage seats, a premium Naim audio system with 11 speakers, privacy curtains, and security glass. Also optional are dual-screen LCD monitors or built-in PC with a wireless keyboard. There is an almost inexhaustible selection of exterior and interior colors to choose from. Bentley’s Mulliner Consultants can help you customize the interior to meet your needs.
Engines: 6.8-liter 450-hp V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Bentley Arnage R, Bentley Arnage T, Bentley Arnage RL, Bentley Arnage Final Series
To pay homage to the model in its final year, Bentley will produce a limited-edition Final Series model. The Final Series model will celebrate the elegant refinement of the R model as well as the performance standards of the T model.
Each Bentley Arnage is hand-built, and no expense was spared nor was any detail overlooked. The Arnarge R and RL are equipped with chrome-finished grilles; the sportier T model receives a darker finish. The Final Series vehicle has a Bentley ""Jewel"" fuel cap and ""Final Series"" badging.
The 2009 Bentley Arnage’s interior is a thing of beauty. From the rich leather upholstery to the hand-finished wood trim, the interior is a testament to the superior craftsmanship of the technicians that work for Bentley.
Performance & Handling
Although the 2009 Bentley Arnage is a large car, its agility keeps pace with sports cars half its weight. Acceleration is sports-car quick. The adaptive suspension and power steering are responsive. The Bentley Arnage T can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds; the longer RL was clocked at 5.8 seconds.
Standard safety equipment includes ABS, front and rear side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, and a backup camera.
EPA Fuel Economy
Bentley Arnage RL: 9/15 mpg city/highway
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