(from Bentley Press Release) The 2005
model year confirms the Arnage T in its role as the powerhouse of the
range, an unforgettable driving experience and the 21st century
personification of the tidal wave on wheels, a phrase first coined to
describe a Bentley Turbo over 20 years ago.
At its disposal is the ultimate development of the twin-turbo V8, an
engine noted for its 450bhp (336kW) output but distinguished by its
astonishing 645lb ft (875Nm) of torque. It endows the Arnage T with the
ability to reach 60mph from rest in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of
168mph (270km/h) - this from a car capable of carrying four adults and
their luggage in traditional Grand Touring style.
Given this overtly sporting brief, it's not surprising that the
suspension improvements brought by the 2005 model year modifications are
more handling-oriented than in its stablemates. So while the Arnage T
also benefits from a significant improvement in ride quality, it is its
still sharper handling that drivers will notice most. Body movements are
better controlled as the car turns into a corner, giving a more settled
feel. This improvement is compounded in a series of corners where the
control of weight transference becomes of critical importance.
In extreme conditions and with the Arnage's stability control turned
off, the revised suspension settings also provide yet more predictable
breakaway characteristics, allowing the car to be driven on the throttle
even more safely and rewardingly.
The Arnage T now has a 19in wheel rim as standard with a new, seven
spoke design. The five spoke 19in rim that has until now been available
as an option on the Arnage T continues in that role. All wheels for the
Arnage can be specified with a chrome finish.