The Red Label Arnage usurped the Green Label in 2000 as the luxury Bentley for those demanding the extra oomph and torque of ye olde Rolls Royce motors. A 2300+ cc increase in displacement over the BMW V8-powered model is the main reason for the 50 hp bump, however most impressive is the immense torque, a 150% increase over its sibling. Even with the extra weight, the Red Label still manages to hustle to 60 mph in a scant 5.9 sec, an improvement of about half a second.
Changes experienced by the Red Label also include the gearbox, which has reverted to a anachronistic 4-speed Rolls Royce unit from the 5-speed ZF automatic that was also featured in some BMWs. The Red compromises a little refinement and top end punch for the outright performance and stress-free motoring that was a staple of Bentleys before BMW ownership.
The sheer opulence, almost excessive, is given off by everything in the Red Label. Besides it's impressive engine, hefty weight and large dimensions (it's over 10 inches longer than a BMW 750iL), the Arnage comes complete with creamy-soft leather for the seats, doors, ceiling and pretty much everything else that isn't covered in wood. Other amenities include a remote controlled screen in the dash that performs various tasks including navigation and can be programmed from throughout the car. Surprisingly, despite the size of the car, the interior is not very large while the trunk is downright small.
It's no sports sedan, but the Arnage can also hustle surprisingly well, a
sort of Rolls Royce GTI if you will. If an extravagant automobile with this
level of performance seems like an expensive contradiction this vehicle is not
for you, however if the German offerings are too common for your budget and
means, throw the neighbours a curve called the Arnage. - by Traian Popescu
|Base Price, USD||218,595||Engine Type||turbocharged V8|
|Powertrain Layout||Front engine, RWD||Displacement, cc||6750|
|Curb Weight, lb||5556||0-60 mph, sec||5.9|
|0-100 mph, sec||15.6||600 ft slalom, mph||61.9
|60-0 mph, ft||131||Top speed, mph||156|