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  Bentley Arnage R

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:2002 - 2004
Introduced at:2002 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe first model of the second generation Arnage, the Arnage T, was launched at 2002 Detroit Motorshow, The Arnage R, the second model, was launched at the 2002 Geneva Motorshow. Though visually even more understated than the Arnage T, the 'R' has benefited from the same end to end structural and mechanical transformation and can equally be considered to be a new car inside a familiar body. The Arnage R remains emphatically a high performance saloon (indeed the Arnage T is the only four door car on sale with more torque), with a clear focus on providing Bentley's customers with a sublimely refined and comfortable carriage.

The engine is a radical reinterpretation of the 6.75-litre V8 engine that has served in every Bentley since 1970. So far reaching are the changes that only its basic architecture and internal dimensions remain as before. Most notable is the adoption of twin Garrett T3 Turbochargers to replace the single T4 used since the launch of the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo in 1982. Two small Turbochargers not only have less inertia and therefore faster response times, but also allow the use of close-coupled catalytic converters, located near the exhaust manifold. This allows the catalytic converters to heat up extremely quickly, swiftly reaching operating temperature and thereby reducing emissions.

In keeping with Bentley's philosophy of understated elegance, styling changes have been kept to a minimum. The red badge is carried over from the previous model and the only key exterior indication of the changes that lie beneath the skin is the gently upturned lip of the boot spoiler. The chromium brightwork deleted from the front, back and side of the Arnage T is retained on the Arnage R.

As you would expect from any car in the upper luxury sector, the Arnage R boasts a formidable array of standard equipment including Connolly leather, Wilton carpets, automatic climate control, DVD-based satellite navigation, electrically adjusted and heated seats, cruise control and parking sensors front and rear.

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