Bentley Arnage (98-09) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 16 Oct 2008
4
If you need a four-door, luxury supercar, the Bentley Arnage sits at the top of a very exclusive pile. It may not be quite as lithe on twisting roads as some of its competition, but the Arnage has an indefinable class and sense of occasion that none of its rivals can touch.

Bentley Arnage (98-09)
Impressive agility for such a big car, sheer road presence, classy image
Size and running costs

New price range:

£145,125 - £196,430

Used price range:

£7,443 - £77,585

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

If you need a four-door, luxury supercar, the Bentley Arnage sits at the top of a very exclusive pile. It may not be quite as lithe on twisting roads as some of its competition, but the Arnage has an indefinable class and sense of occasion that none of its rivals can touch. The Arnage arrived in 1998 as the spritzier, quicker sister model to the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph. After the division of the two companies, Bentley headed off with VW and the BMW-sourced turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 was soon replaced by the superlative 6.75-litre V8 with ever more gobsmacking power outputs. That’s not to say the Arnage has lost sight of its role as a luxury car - the interior is covered from head to toe in leather and hand-finished wood trim regardless of which model you choose. The Arnage started as the 4.4-litre Green Label, then the faster Red Label was added in 1999 with the 6.75 V8. These then gave way to the R, T and long wheelbase RL models from 2002 onwards.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

1.5 out of 5

Green credentials

0.5 out of 5

Buying used

2 out of 5

Selling

2.5 out of 5

Equipment

5 out of 5

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