Bentley Arnage Waves Good-bye with Final Edition

September 24, 2008
Bentley's storied past has been filled with exclusivity, and the firm figures that the ending of the Arnage line in its current iteration (extant some 10 years) deserves fanfare of the extra-exclusive variety. It is in this spirit that Bentley announces the aptly named Arnage Final Series, to be produced in a run of only 150 vehicles. In yet another exclusive, the announcement itself marks the first time Bentley has made mention that production of a current-generation Arnage is ending.

The Arnage Final Series marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s "iconic V-8 engine," a deliciously big motor still displacing a behemoth 6.75 "litres," but now replete with 500 horsepower due to the same twin turbochargers found in the Arnage T. Through its balanced, blueprinted life, this engine has motivated plenty of Q-ships out of Crewe with swiftness and serenity. Speaking of exclusivity, for years, Bentley wouldn't even divulge its exact displacement.

Apart from "Final Series" badging on the front wings, Bentley-philes will be able to tell the Arnage Final Series by outward cues like a retractable flying-B bonnet mascot, a Bentley "jewel" fuel filler cap, twin exhaust pipes, and body-colored headlamp bezels. Moving to the cabin, both front doors are paved with "Final Series" treadplates, both brake and accelerator are of drilled alloy, "waistrails" with an inset chrome strip and recessed Bentley marque badges make a first appearance ever on the Arnage, and, the coup de grace, you will be able to enjoy your Patron Silver from none other than "Final Series" stainless steel flask and shot glasses (and if you have any idea what a “waistrail” is, then you are a bigger Bentley-phile than I).--Colin Mathews

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