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Issue Six
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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Bentley Arnage
Issue Six
March 22, 2003
Daytona 500
Cayenne Driving Experience
Electrodyne
Bentley Arnage R
Bentley Arnage R
Photo Gallery
Bose Headphones
News
Classifieds
Coming Next Issue
G. Gordon Liddy
Jaguar XJ8
Credit Card Rewards
Porter Cable Buffer
Frozen Rotors



Road Test: 2003 Bentley Arnage R, continued.

Bentley Arnage R

Bentley Arnage R


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Road noise was somewhat higher than we would have expected from such a heavy, luxurious car, but we blame most of the noise on the heavily cupped Pirelli PZero tires. Apparently, the journalists before us had quite a good time with the Arnage R - I wouldn't doubt it if this car had seen some serious track time prior to our experience with it.

All in all, the ride was plush and comfortable without being wallowy or boat-vague. That's an incredible accomplishment for a car as heavy as the Arnage R. Oddly, however, we found ourselves commenting that we were feeling things that we didn't expect to feel - speed bumps were more like "speed hills" - the heavy front end communicated its dislike for the bumps with a lot of noise and exaggerated up/down movement.

On the road, the comments continued. "In something like the Tahoe, we'd never have felt those bumps," commented one tester. "It sure objects to potholes," commented another. This may be a direct effect of the worn Pirelli tires that were fitted on our tester, however, we believe it has more to do with the Arnage's sporty suspension. Champagne drinkers take note: you may end up wearing your Crystal if you hit the right combination of road irregularities.

While we complain slightly about the firm ride, there's no mistaking that the chassis has a very solid, Fort Knox feel to it. Bentley has done a remarkable job of creating a stiff chassis and there's no doubt that in the event of a collision, the Bentley would prevail victorious. Speaking of collisions, should one occur, Bentley has you covered with a complete array of safety features, including driver and passenger air bags, 4 side-impact air bags and full length curtain air bags on either side of the interior compartment.



FINAL WORD

Our time with "The Bentley" was too short - just as we had perfected our answer to the "Why" questions, we made the mistake of answering the phone - Bentley wanted the car back. Our week with the Bentley went by entirely too quickly.

So, while the Bentley Arnage R may be a status symbol to some, and an icon worthy of worship to others, we found it to be a true driver's car. It handled every task with ease, and it drove and rode like a real car should. It loved to be out on the road, with its long hood effortlessly swallowing up pavement, its healthy engine making short work of long roads.

It's a shame that so few people will be able to experience what it's like to drive a Bentley - we believe that Bentley is one of the only car manufacturers who've been able to figure out exactly how a car should drive and ride. BMW, Maybach, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce take note: this is the car you need to build. Why? If you have to ask....


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