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  Bentley Arnage T

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:2002 - 2004
Introduced at:2002 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAs part of the Bentley Series Two Arnage family, the Bentley Arnage T is the result of a three year project to re-engineer the outstandingly successful Arnage saloon from bumper to bumper. In this process not a single significant area of its design has been left untouched. So extensive are the engineering modifications enjoyed by the Series Two Arnage that beneath its updated, but still familiar lines lies what is in many respects a new car. Every area of the car has been thoroughly evaluated for its suitability to the 21st century Bentley driver, and many have been comprehensively modified, some out of all recognition.

The genesis of the new V8 engine can be found in Bentley's decision in 1998 to offer the Arnage with the long-serving 6.75-litre engine as an alternative to the BMW-derived 4.4-litre powerplant offered at launch. The response from the Bentley-buying public was so overwhelming that very soon the larger engine powered every new Arnage. There could be no clearer indication of the strength of demand that remained for the fabled Turbocharged aluminium V8 that first appeared in the Bentley Mulsanne in 1982. Bentley's engineers have sought to retain the fundamental structure of the engine, while modifying its internals and ancillaries to create a new powerplant that suits all the requirements of the 21st century Bentley driver.

The most obvious change is the adoption of two Garrett T3 Turbochargers to replace the single T4 used until now. The advantages of a twin Turbo layout are many and diverse but chief among them are the production of power and reduction of emissions. By using two smaller Turbochargers with therefore considerably reduced inertia, the Arnage T engine produces not only 450bhp but also substantially reduced response times across a wider rev range.

Bentley design chief Dirk van Braeckel knew that customers for the Bentley Arnage T would want to drive a car that was clearly an Arnage, but at the same time, one that could be seen to be considerably, if subtly enhanced. Therefore numerous design changes were effected, none world changing in isolation but as a whole, designed to provide the Arnage T with a new and even more purposeful identity. One of the least visible but most significant of these changes is the use of the famed Black Label badge, reserved only for the most sporting Bentleys and otherwise used only by the Continental T.

The interior of the Arnage T has received even greater attention than its exterior. Perhaps most notable in a wide range of enhancements are the seats. Bentley is one of just a few manufacturers left in the world to design and manufacture their seats entirely in-house, and has spent two years building CAD-profiles of the best seats on the market against which to benchmark its own products. The result is seats that offer both more comfort and support, while providing a much more sporting look. They also carry new heaters with improved heat distribution. Their distinctive looks come from a combination of a diamond pattern using perforated Connolly hide and contrasting stitching, they also carry an embroidered Bentley motif.

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