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Bentley Arnage R

Bentley Arnage R
(2002 - to date)

Bentley Arnage R, 2003, #3CX09054

Bentley was well established in the exclusive market of Grand Touring motor cars with their two-door coupes and four-door saloons. No exaggeration in stating the Bentley Arnage T sets the standard as a radical interpretation of an ultra-high performance saloon. Clearly focusing on providing more comfort in March 2002 the Bentley Arnage R became the latest addition to what Bentley called their "Series Two" Arnage family. At the Geneva Salon the Arnage R made its debut as the direct replacement of the Arnage Red Label.

 

Anyone checking for essential differences noted as a key modification the inclusion of a Bosch Motronic ME7.1.1. This system provided more than what is usually described by "engine management system". All those functions were performed, of course, that are expected from a state of the art engine controller, especially in minimizing emissions. But the unprecedented level of control to a multitude of parameters resulted in direct influence on ESP (Electronic Stability Program) - and thus advanced the Arnage R's active safety to a new level when compared with the predecessor's Arnage Red Label conventional traction control system. No single Garrett T4 turbocharger as on the Arnage Red Label but twin T3 turbochargers were employed. A smaller turbocharger has less inertia and faster response time therefore: An added bonus was that close-coupled catalytic converters, located near the exhaust manifold heat up notably quickly to operating temperature, thereby reducing emissions.

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Bentley Arnage R, 2003, #3CX09096

Alterations to the body structure were few; more or less restricted to what would have found the way into series production anyway, e.g. tougher mounts for the steering rack. It might be mentioned that the opportunity was taken to install ISOfix child seat mounting points in the rear of the car - notably not least as an indication that families with young children were aimed at; not the most typical Bentley customers hitherto.

 

Technical Data:
Light alloy 8-cylinder-engine with 90 degree V-configuration, bore x stroke 104.16 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750 cc; Bosch Motronic ME7.1.1 digital engine control, two T3-Garrett turbochargers, intercooler, 405hp/298KW at 4,000rpm, max torque 835NM at 3,250 rpm (from model year 2007 460bhp, max. torque 875 NM); GM 4L80-E 4-speed automatic gearbox (from model year 2007 ZF 6-speed automatic); independent suspension front and rear, Bosch ESP5.7 electronic stability program; ventilated disc brakes (front 348mm, rear 345mm), anti locking device; wheelbase 3,116mm (122.7in), track front 1,602mm, rear 1,602mm; tyre size 255/50YR18 102Y, light alloy wheels or – as an option - chromed light alloy wheels (from model year 2007 tyre pressure monitoring); max. speed 155mph Bentley_Arnage_R_3_2003

 

 

 

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Bentley Arnage Green Label

Bentley Arnage Green Label
(1998 - 2000)


Bentley Arnage, 1998, #SCBLB51E4XCX1277

On 26th April 1998 the Bentley Arnage was unveiled to the public at the Sarthe Circuit in France. Bentley Motors Ltd. couldn't have chosen a more appropriate location. This was the racecourse, which had seen Bentleys finishing first in the famous "24 Hours of Le Mans" no less than five times during their glorious past. The renaissance of Bentley as an independent marque had started with the Bentley Mulsanne - a name taken from the Le Mans race circuit. The Bentley Arnage took its name from the challenging Arnage bend at Le Mans. A completely new developed all-aluminium V8-engine, boosted by twin turbochargers had been developed in conjunction with BMW (Bavarian Motor Works, Munich). BMW was partner of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars too as regards the V12-engine for the new Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and in fact Silver Seraph and Arnage did share almost identical body shells. Coachwork for the first time was produced completely in-house at the Rolls-Royce factory in Crewe. The Bentley Arnage was distinguished from the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph not only by its engine, radiator and badges. Large 17" light alloy wheels were fitted and disc brakes of increased diameter (Bentley 334/328 mm, Rolls-Royce 314/305 mm). From model year 2000 onward 18"alloy wheels were fitted to allow for even more powerful brakes (348/345 mm). The gear selector was mounted on the centre console. The interior being a tasteful blend of selected leather, finest wood and deep pile woolen carpets left no doubt about this grand car having been designed in England. For the model year 2000 the name was altered to Bentley Arnage Green Label. This was a hint to the company logo "Winged B" showing a green enamel background. To give the model a clear identification of its own had become necessary, because a new option existed: To order the "old" 6.75 litre turbo-charged V8-engine (that was standard on the huge Continental coupés and on the Azure convertible) for the four-door version too. The Bentley Arnage Red Label was launched in September 1999 and sported the "big block" powertrain. To a certain degree this seemed to be an in-house concurrent and caused some speculation, whether or not this was a result of Volkswagen's - the new owner of the marque after a fierce take-over battle with BMW - desire to mark a clear separation from their Munich-based competitor.


Technical Data:
All aluminium 8 cylinder engine, 90 degree V-configuration; bore x stroke 92 x 79 mm, capacity 4,398 cc; 4 valves per cylinder, 4 overhead camshafts; twin turbochargers, intercooler; digital engine control; max. power 350bhp 260kW / 354PS) at 5500 rpm, max. torque 413 lb/ft (570Nm) between 2500 and 4200 rpm; 5-speed automatic gearbox; independent suspension front and rear with automatic ride height control, auto load compensator and headlamp levelling; automatic stability control, aquaplaning detection; ventilated disc brakes (front 334 mm, rear 328 mm, from MY2000 front 348 mm, rear 345 mm), anti-locking device; wheelbase 3,116 mm, track front and rear 1,608 mm; tyre size 255/55R17 (from MY2000 255/50R18); max. speed 150 mph (240 km/h)


Bentley Arnage, 1998, #SCBLB51E4XCX1277 Front interior. Note the parchment analog dials.


 

 

No. made:

1.123

 Bentley Arnage (1998/1999)

59

 Bentley Arnage Green Label

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Bentley 8 Litre

Bentley 8 Litre
(1930 - 1931)


Bentley 8 Litre, 1931, #YX5110, H.J. Mulliner Saloon. This car was first registered in 1932 and still does retain the complete set of tools and every extra delivered when new

The largest British motor car produced at that time emerged from the Bentley premises in the form of the Bentley 8 Litre - priced at a cool £ 1,850 for the chassis only. It was substantially more expensive than the competing Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Unbeatable as regards smoothness and silence the engine was capable to push the car to  100 mph even with the heaviest of formal coachwork. The model achieved lasting fame for W.O. Bentley but didn't, regrettably, earn the profit needed to keep the Bentley company financially afloat. Sales figures were limited not at least due to the world economic crisis.


Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, iron cylinder block and cylinder head cast in one piece, bore stroke 110 x 140 mm, capacity 7,983 cc; electron crankcase; 4 valves per cylinder, dual ignition by coil and separate magneto; single dry plate type clutch; 4 speed gearbox, hypoid bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,658.6 mm or 3,963.4 mm (144 in or 156 in); tyre size 21


No. made:
100 Bentley 8 Litre

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Bentley 6 1-2 Litre 1927

Bentley 6 ½ Litre and Bentley Speed Six
(1926 - 1930)


Bentley 6 1/2 Litre, 1927, #DH2206, Markham (of Reading) 2-Seater. There was plenty of life left when the first body showed signs of serious wear hence in the 30ies this new body substituted the old one and the car is still going strong.

W.O. Bentley's answer to the demand for a car of bigger dimensions especially capable to carry heavy coachwork without significant loss of acceleration and top speed was unveiled in 1926 in the form of the Bentley 6 1/2 Litre. Its six cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder was so powerful that it met diversity of requirements. No longer suffered cars with formal heavy coachwork from lack of performance whereas lighter cars with open tourer bodies were employed on race courses with outstanding success. Introduction in October 1928 of the Bentley Speed Six was logical step to provide customers with a contender for motor sport events.


Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, iron cylinder block and cylinder head cast in one piece; bore stroke 100 x 140 mm, capacity 6,597 cc, 4 valves per cylinder, crankcase aluminium alloy, dual ignition by 2 synchronised magnetos (from 1927 dual ignition with magneto and separate coil); single dry plate type clutch; 4-speed gearbox spiral bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes, wheelbase 3,352.8 mm (132 in) - abandoned after a short time, 3,657.6 mm (144 in) or 3,810 mm (150 in), later series 3,695.6 mm or 3,848 mm (from 1928 Bentley Speed Six wheelbase 3,505.2 mm (138 in), later series 3,568.7 mm (140 1/2 in) or 3,873.5 mm (152 1/2 in); tyre size 6.25 x 33 (Bentley Speed Six tyre size 6.75 x 18 or 6 x 33, last series 6.75 x 21 or 6 x 21)

 

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Bentley 6 1/2 Litre, 1927, #KD2105, H.J. Mulliner Weymann Tourer. Woolf Barnato was chairman of the Bentley company and this car was the answer to his question for "Big Six really to go".


No. made:
363 Bentley 6 ½ Litre
182 Bentley Speed Six
545 Bentley 6 ½ Litre altogether

 

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Bentley 4¼ Litre

Bentley 4¼ Litre
(1936 - 1939)


Bentley 4 1/4 Litre, 1939, #B121MX, H.J. Mulliner fixed head coupé. H.J. Mulliner erected this one-off coupé on a chassis from the 'fast' MX-series. (Photo courtesy of Lukas Hüni AG, CH)

From the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby the second model to bear the Bentley label was the Bentley 4 1/4 Litre. For an extra £ 50 a 4 1/4 litre engine was offered from March 1936 as an option in the already well-received Bentley 3 1/2 Litre chassis. Within short period sales of the 3 1/2 Litre declined and in fact the Bentley 4 1/4 Litre had become its substitute. The MR and MX chassis series introduced in 1939 were the final development of this model. Features like over-drive top gear as standard and improved White Metal bearings made the car ideal, then and now, for unstressed long distance Continental touring.


Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block; bore x stroke 88.9 x 114.3 mm (3 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in), capacity 4,257 cc, cast iron detachable cylinder head, overhead valves, aluminium alloy crankcase, single coil ignition, stand-by coil, 2 SU-carburettors; Borg & Beck single dry plate clutch; 4-speed gearbox in unit with engine, synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gear (from 1939 overdrive gearbox with direct drive on 3rd and overdrive on 4th gear); hypoid bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,200.4 mm (126 in); tyre size 5.50 x 18 (from 1938 tyre size 6.50 x 17)

Bentley 4¼ Litre coupe


Bentley 4 1/4 Litre, 1937, #B129JY, Gurney Nutting 3-Position-Drophead Coupé. This car's beautiful design has always been impressive but never more so than when starring as James Bond's transport in "Never say Never again".


No. made:
1234 Bentley 4¼ Litre

Bentley 4¼ Litre
(1936 - 1939)

Bentley 4 1/4 Litre, 1939
Bentley 4 1/4 Litre, 1939, #B121MX, H.J. Mulliner fixed head coupé. H.J. Mulliner erected this one-off coupé on a chassis from the 'fast' MX-series. (Photo courtesy of Lukas Hüni AG, CH)

From the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby the second model to bear the Bentley label was the Bentley 4 1/4 Litre. For an extra £ 50 a 4 1/4 litre engine was offered from March 1936 as an option in the already well-received Bentley 3 1/2 Litre chassis. Within short period sales of the 3 1/2 Litre declined and in fact the Bentley 4 1/4 Litre had become its substitute. The MR and MX chassis series introduced in 1939 were the final development of this model. Features like over-drive top gear as standard and improved White Metal bearings made the car ideal, then and now, for unstressed long distance Continental touring.


Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block; bore x stroke 88.9 x 114.3 mm (3 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in), capacity 4,257 cc, cast iron detachable cylinder head, overhead valves, aluminium alloy crankcase, single coil ignition, stand-by coil, 2 SU-carburettors; Borg & Beck single dry plate clutch; 4-speed gearbox in unit with engine, synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gear (from 1939 overdrive gearbox with direct drive on 3rd and overdrive on 4th gear); hypoid bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,200.4 mm (126 in); tyre size 5.50 x 18 (from 1938 tyre size 6.50 x 17)

 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre, 1937, #B129JY, Gurney Nutting
Bentley 4 1/4 Litre, 1937, #B129JY, Gurney Nutting 3-Position-Drophead Coupé. This car's beautiful design has always been impressive but never more so than when starring as James Bond's transport in "Never say Never again".


No. made:
1234 Bentley 4¼ Litre

 

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Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4½ Litre and 4½ Litre Supercharged
(1926 - 1930)


Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged, 1931, #MS3934, Vanden Plas Tourer. Brute force was the hallmark of the supercharged Bentley.

If it hadn't been for the fact that the Bentley 3 Litre showed little potential for a further increase in performance and the Bentley 6 1/2 Litre was prone to consume tyres at an alarming rate there might never have been a Bentley 4 1/2 Litre. Around the end of 1927 series production started of the new model with an engine designed to the proven pattern of the Litre. Collecting victory after victory on various race tracks the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre became highly successful. Based on the 4 1/2 Litre the sensational 'Blower' Bentley was created. A Roots-type supercharger by Amherst Villiers gave 9 1/2 lbs boost at 3,500 rpm. To run a Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged in Le Mans a minimum of 50 cars had to be produced for homologation purposes. Though the engine had been extensively modified lubrication was poor and cooling problems were immense. At Le Mans never and rarely ever in another major race Blower Bentleys finished first.


Technical Data:
4 cylinder in-line engine; iron cylinder block and cylinder head cast in one piece (Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged engine extensively modified and Amherst Villiers Supercharger system Roots fitted), bore x stroke 100 x 140 mm, capacity 4,398 cc; 4 valves per cylinder, light alloy crankcase, dual ignition by 2 magnetos; cone type clutch, speed gearbox; spiral bevel final drive, suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes; wheelbase 2,984.5 mm (117,5 in) or 3,302 mm (130 in); tyre size 5.25 x 21 or 5.25 x 31 1/2 or 5.25 x 32 1/2 (Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged 6 x 21)

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Bentley 4 1/2 Litre, 1928, #KM3086, Corsica Tourer. This body was transferred from 1926 car onto this chassis - more than 50 years ago...


No. made:

665

Bentley 1/2 Litre (including 6 cars, which were built
after the take-over by Rolls-Royce)

55

Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged (including cars, which
were built solely for competition)

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Bentley 4 Litre

Bentley 4 Litre
(1931)


Bentley 4 Litre, 1932, #VA4088, Thrupp & Maberly 4 Light Saloon. Never restored and still with its original paintwork this car is an example of a Bentley's durability.

In a valiant attempt to break new ground the Bentley 4 Litre was introduced in 1931 and broke with many traditions of the company. The F-head engine (inlet over exhaust) designed by Ricardo and developed by Bentley neither met the demands of the typical Bentley clientele nor did it attract buyers from the area of prospective Rolls-Royce purchasers. It is not entirely fair though to dismiss the Bentley 4 Litre as being mainly responsible for Bentley having been in such a sad state that they were forced to call in the receiver in 1931. The company's financial situation had been a rather weak one even prior to this final Bentley from Cricklewood appearing on the market.

Bentley 4 Litre 1931


Bentley 4 Litre, 1931, #VA4098, Vanden Plas 2-door 4-Seater Tourer.


Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block, bore x stroke 85 x 115 mm, capacity 3,915 cc; detachable cast iron cylinder head; overhead inlet valves, side exhaust valves (i.o.e./inlet over exhaust), 2 valves per cylinder, elektron crankcase, single coil ignition, stand-by coil; single dry-plate type clutch; 4-speed gearbox; spiral bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes, wheelbase 3,403.6 mm (134 in) or 3,556 mm (140 in); tyre size 6.50 x 20

Bentley 4 Litre 1931 Mulliner


Bentley 4 Litre, 1931, #VF4004, H.J. Mulliner Saloon. H.J. Mulliner was commissioned to build this metal-panelled to Weymann patents.


No. made:
50 Bentley 4 Litre

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Bentley 3 ½ Litre 33-37
(1933 - 1937)


Bentley 3 1/2 Litre, 1935, #B121EJ, Gurney Nutting Saloon. The opening windscreen does provide sufficient fresh air when touring on summerdays.

Only due to Rolls-Royce Ltd. having acquired in 1931 the remains of the financially troubled previous competitor the Bentley name as a major part of the British motor industry was saved from oblivion. In 1933 the Bentley 3 1/2 Litre emerged as a clever combination of a chassis derived from an experimental supercharged 2 3/4 litre Rolls-Royce which never saw production and redesigned and tuned 20/25 hp engine. The engine developed around 110 bhp at 4,500 rpm and gave brisk acceleration and a top speed in excess of 90 mph if light coachwork had been specified. The term "The Silent Sports Car" was coined and this model gained even W.O. Bentley's approval, since he was employed by Rolls-Royce from 1931 to 1935 and involved in road testing, but not design, of the early cars.


Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block, bore x stroke 82.55 x 114.3 mm (3 1/4 x 4 1/2 in), capacity 3,669 cc; cast iron detachable cylinder head; overhead valves; aluminium alloy crankcase; single coil ignition, stand-by coil; 2 SU-carburettors; single dry plate type clutch; 4 speed gearbox with synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gear, hypoid bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,200.4 mm (126 in); tyre size 5.50 x 18


Bentley 3 1/2 Litre, 1934, #B43BN, Hooper Coupé Cabriolet. Understandably Hooper had preferred the Continental term Cabriolet to the English term Drophead Coupé for their creation with a fully disappearing hood: it was built for a Belgian customer and Hooper's exhibit at the 1934 Brussel Motor Show.


No. made:
1177 Bentley 3½ Litre