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The Bentley Arnage 'T' laid claim to the title of the world's fastest saloon car in 2002, needing to use all but the last two spots on its 170mph speedometer. Powered by the 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce V8 engine which had been treated to, what Bentley described as, "the most thorough re-engineering of its life", the Arnage produced a whopping 450 bhp and an amazing 645 lbs ft of torque, in no small part accredited to the twin-turbochargers. The other changes included a 'drive-by-wire' throttle to go hand-in-hand with a new electronic stability program and revised suspension. Roll stiffness 57% greater than the Red Label and a structure that was 10% stiffer gave the, nearly three-ton, car immense poise and transformed this luxury cruiser into a mile-crunching supercar rival, propelling the driver to 60 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds in consumate luxury.
For the 2007 model year, the Garrett turbochargers were replaced with low-inertia Mitsubishi units, new camshafts and an all-new roller tappet system were fitted, and the engine capacity increased fractionally to 6761cc. Peak power was now up 11% to a fashionable 500bhp with torque up to 738lb/ft. enabling a top speed of 180mph and the 0-60 whoosh was now down to 5.2 seconds. The engine was mated to a revised version of the six-speed ZF automatic transmission found in the Continental range, however, with that amount of torque it probably didn't need six speeds, it didn't really need four, but the requirement was for a state-of-the-art gearbox with computer management, multiple modes and Tiptronic-style overrides, and that came with a minimum of six ratios.
This rare, UK-supplied Arnage 500T is offered in exceptional condition for its 45,000 miles from new. Finished in triple black with a dark walnut dashboard this car, which was supplied new by Bentley Leicester in April 2008, has been fully maintained from new by Bentley main dealerships up until 2017 and by Hanwells of London up until the current day, with the last service taking place in February 2019 at Hanwells at a cost of £4,000. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.
Often viewed as the last of the real Bentleys, this 500T is a best of breed car and must be seen to be fully appreciated.