2003 Bentley Arnage Photo
Quick Take
Bentley Prepping for Change (2/24/2002) GET CURRENT PRICING GET AN INSURANCE QUOTE CAPE TOWN, South... Read more »
N/A out of 10
Browse Bentley Arnage inventory in your area.


Bentley Prepping for Change (2/24/2002)



CAPE TOWN, South Africa — The sun beats down mercilessly as we race east on the coastal road out of Cape Town. The southern tip of Africa is a land of extremes, vast plains interrupted by towering cliffs, lush forests opening onto scraggy brush. A baboon darts across the roadway, wildebeests and ostriches briefly interrupt their grazing to gaze up as we roar by.

South Africa is a long way to go to test-drive a new car. But the Bentley Arnage T isn’t your average automobile. It’s not just the latest from the stately British automaker, but a vehicle Bentley officials are calling their “bridge car.”

Four years ago, a bitter bidding war broke up the seven-decade pairing of Bentley and its sister division, Rolls-Royce. In recent decades, the two marques’ products have been virtual clones, but that’s about to change. Come December, Rolls will become the property of BMW, while Bentley’s new owner, Volkswagen AG, hopes to broaden the appeal of the brand with a range of new products. That includes the upcoming, $150,000 GT Coupe that will make its debut during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The Coupe will take aim at a younger, hipper, and slightly less affluent buyer, positioning Bentley directly against high-volume luxury brands, such as Mercedes-Benz. It should also yield significant increases in volume.

Personal worth

The Arnage line won’t go away, however, and will remain one of the most exclusive nameplates on the market.  Which raises a fundamental question: is the Arnage T worth the price, which is expected to come in around $235,000 when it hits U.S. shores later this year? To find out, TheCarConnection spent 34 hours traveling to the other side of the globe.

Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

© 2016 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.