2003 Bentley Arnage R Road Test

FINAL WORD

Our time with “The Bentley” was too short – just as we had perfected our answer to the “Why” questions, we made the mistake of answering the phone – Bentley wanted the car back. Our week with the Bentley went by entirely too quickly.

So, while the Bentley Arnage R may be a status symbol to some, and an icon worthy of worship to others, we found it to be a true driver’s car. It handled every task with ease, and it drove and rode like a real car should. It loved to be out on the road, with its long hood effortlessly swallowing up pavement, its healthy engine making short work of long roads.

It’s a shame that so few people will be able to experience what it’s like to drive a Bentley – we believe that Bentley is one of the only car manufacturers who’ve been able to figure out exactly how a car should drive and ride. BMW, Maybach, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce take note: this is the car you need to build. Why? If you have to ask….

PERFORMANCE SPECS: 2003 BENTLEY ARNAGE R
Price As Tested: $218,768

DRIVETRAIN HIGHLIGHTS
Engine Type: Aluminum V8 (block & heads) w/steel sleeves & Overhead Valves
Size: 6.75 Liters
Bore/Stroke: 4.09in x 3.90in (104mm x 99mm)
Compression Ratio: 7.8:1
SAE Net Horsepower: 400hp @ 4,000 rpm
SAE Net Torque: 616lb/ft @ 3,200 rpm
Turbocharger: Garrett T3 (twin)
Oil System Capcity: 9.975 Quarts
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 2.92:1

WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES
Front Tires: P255/50/R18 Pirelli PZero
Rear Tires: P255/50/R18 Pirelli PZero
Front Wheels: 18.0 x 8, Cast Alloy
Rear Wheels: 18.0 x 8, Cast Alloy
Front Brakes: 13.7″ vented disc
Rear Brakes: 13.5″ vented disc

DIMENSIONS AND PERFORMANCE
Curb Weight: 5,699 lbs
Wheelbase: 122.7 inches
Overall Length: 212.37 inches
Overall Height: 59.69 inches
Weight Distribution (%): 50/50
Fuel Economy (EPA): 10/15
Fuel Capacity: 26 US gallons
0-60: 5.9 seconds
0-100: 15.4 seconds
50 – 70 mph: 3.3 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (goverened)

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

One comment

  1. THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED REVIEW ONLY ‘TOUCHES ON’ THE FINE POINTS OF THIS CAR. I HAVE MANY, MANY CARS IN MY TIME AND HADN’T PURCHASED A BENTLEY SINCE THE MID EIGHTIES WHEN I BOUGHT AN OLD SII. LATER I BOUGHT A SIII AND THEN A BENTLEY EIGHT AND THAT LED ME TO THIS VERY FINE MOTORCAR. I JUST PURCHASED MY 2ND ARNAGE AND I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ‘ABOUT IT. IT IS SIMPLY ‘THE BEST CAR IN THE WORLD’ AND AT 64 YEARS YOUNG I’VE HAD (OVER 200) FERRARI’S, ROLLS-ROYCES, TONS OF MERCEDES (INCLUDING THE 500CLS AND 280SE 3.5 CONVERTIBLE), A FEW BEEMERS AND JAGUARS. NOTHING COMPARES TO THIS CAR IN DRIVING COMFORT, QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ‘WOW FACTOR’, PRESTEIGE AND ENDURANCE. I ONLY WISH THEY HELD THEIR VALUE BETTER. IF YOU EVER HAVE A CHANCE TO BUY AN ARNAGE – DO IT. SKIP THE CONTINENTAL GT COUPE AND SPUR- THIS IS THE ONE!

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