2001 Bentley Arnage Red Label
This is the story of where you're invited to suspend your disbelief and imagine yourself the custodian of a 20-year-old, luxury sports saloon powered by a ruinously thirsty V8. A car that cost over £140,000 new and which can be had for a fraction of the original price.
For consignment a slice of how the other half lives for the price of a new SUV. Yes, this is the Bentley Arnage Red Label meaning it has the impressive 6.75 Liter Turbocharged V8, an impressive array of custom trimmings including custom embroidered seats, and plenty of burl trim to go around. Plenty of beautiful exterior lines, and all allowing one to truly arrive in style.
Just looking closely at the exterior one can see the hand-built quality in the sturdiness of the steel panels. Fit and finish is presentable with some dings noted on the flat horizontal surfaces, trim, all be it used sparingly, is all mirror like and shiny, and surrounded by Magnolia exterior color. This is a big car and offers plenty of space for the passengers, and their luggage, although in the trunk there is an added a 12-inch bass cabinet that helps the aftermarket sound system blast forward. The remainder of the bodywork utilizes round styling, integrated lights and bumpers, and chromed trim surrounding all the glass. Big 20-inch wheels help contribute to the ultra-smooth ride that does not disappoint on the performance front.
All the interior styling is heavy with large leather stitched door pulls, which melt together with Linen leather covered molded oversize panels, and burl sills and panels. Inside this motif continues with rounded corners simple gauges and plenty of convenience controls right at your fingertips. More linen colored leather covers the large comfortable front seats, which have a leather Dove colored insert and piping, and a smattering of burl near the seat controls. The center console is making heavy use of the burl and has all the window and seat controls and the burl topped gear shift lever within its confines. The rear bench utilizes the same colors and patterns as the front and is uber comfortable to sit in with miles of interior foot room, covered by miles of clean Linen colored carpet. A sunroof is noted up top, and some nice mixture of digital readouts and analog gauges with white faces sit proudly within the beautiful burl.
6.75 liters provide plenty of power to glide this large automobile down the road. A turbocharger is also added, and this allows for 400hp. EFI and a 4-speed automatic 4L80E transmission push power rearward to a 2.69 rear axle. The engine bay is nice and clean with just a bit of overall patina seen with graceful aging.
Virtually no rust with strong unibody construction, good floorpans and wheel wells, and a massive exhaust snaking its way to the rear of the car. Nicely kept independent suspension is all around as well as power disc brakes on all 4 corners.
We had the opportunity to go off track and I played chauffeur to a duo of my colleagues to go to lunch. This is definitely a head turner, has lots of power, and it was difficult to check off all the convenience boxes as to workability, but the ones we played with all were functional. It had wonderful acceleration and a very smooth ride. I was taken a little aback as to the volume witnessed of the sound of the engine, but then again, its large and turbocharged and this may lead to some of the engine sound.
An Arnage Red Label aptly named due to Arnage meaning it is a limousine but can out-gun most sports cars. This one presents in good condition, with plenty of conveniences, beautifully appointed interior, and loads of extra power. Truly an example of how high society gets around in style.
LC-Arnage Red Label
31-6.75 Liter V8 Turbocharged
E-Manual Belts, Front Airbags
C-Crewe, England Assy Plant
05778-Sequential Unit Number