Hammond’s icons: Bentley Arnage R
Richard drives the last of the true British luxo-barges.
Posted: 27 Sep 2011
Maybe it's the size, or the shape - that simple, boxy profile with a bonnet, a cabin and a boot - but whatever it is, the Arnage has got presence. Oodles of it. If villains really did turn up in trilbies and long black coats with fat cigars in their mouths and violin cases under their arms, then they would arrive in this car.
In black, the Bentley Arnage blows away any pretence of poshness and posturing in favour of a menacing presence easily the equal of an Apache gunship or a monster in the wardrobe. That it swooshes up with a sinister burble from the 6751cc V8 only adds to the effect.
Words: Richard Hammond
This feature was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Top Gear magazine