2003 Bentley Arnage R Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2003 Bentley Arnage - Road Test Specs

2003 Bentley Arnage Sedan

(6.8L V8 Twin-turbo 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2003
StyleR 4dr Sedan (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 4A)
Base MSRP$199,990
As-tested MSRP$220,760


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6.8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)400 @ 4,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)616 @ 3,250
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontDouble wishbone, lower wishbone compliance hydrabush
Suspension, rearRubber upper and lower wishbones
Steering typePower-assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero
Tire size, frontP255/50ZR18
Tire size, rearP255/50ZR18
Brakes, frontfront and rear ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph (sec.)5.8
0-75 mph (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.31 @ 96.24
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.29
60-0 mph (ft.)125.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)40.7
Sound level @ idle (dB)51
@ Full throttle (dB)75
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)73

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsOur initial runs had the Arnage pulling low 15s in the quarter-mile, which seemed slow for such a powerful engine. However, since we started brake-torquing the 6.75-liter V8 to 2,000 rpm before launching the times dropped almost a full second. Obviously, the twin turbos need to be spooled up for maximum acceleration. The engine is fully isolated from the cabin, making power delivery seem smooth and linear, but the truth is that when the turbos kick in there is a marked increase in power. Throttle response also felt a bit abrupt, but traction wasn't an issue and the transmission upshifted positively at just below redline (around 4,400 rpm).
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsOut of four braking runs the last two were shorter than the first two, confirming that fade was not an issue. Like the throttle pedal, the brake pedal wasn't as progressive as we would have liked, but minimal ABS noise and vibration were apparent under maximum braking. There was a significant amount of front-end dive while braking, but that's to be expected in a vehicle of this type and weight. Distances were impressive for such a heavy car.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsBy keeping the Bentley in third gear through the slalom, the turbos were fully spooled up, providing instant thrust when hitting the throttle. But, because of the open rear differential it was easy to break the inside tire loose when trying to acelerate. The electronic stability program had to be disabled, yet careful throttle application was required to get the highest average speed. Steering feedback and body roll were both better than expected from such a large, comfort-oriented car. The Bentley boys would be proud. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)66
Wind (mph, direction)4.5 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 10/14 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5699
Length (in.)212.37
Width (in.)76.06
Height (in.)59.69
Wheelbase (in.)122.77
Legroom, front (in.)40.2
Legroom, rear (in.)41.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)37.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)13


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / miles
Powertrain3 years / miles
Corrosion3 years / miles
Roadside assistance3 years / miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot tested
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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