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Bentley Arnage - Final countdown - 2008

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The Arnage is dead.

Well, nearly dead. With all the ruthlessness of a Mafia hit,
Bentley has marked the end of its flagship leviathan by announcing an
end-of-the-line Final Series, set to debut in Paris next week.

It is, essentially, the equivalent of a nicely-wrapped
carriage clock and a nice card signed with unamusing bon mots from your

The Final Series will be limited to a production run of just
150, all with the Arnage’s very-well-tried and very-well-tested twin-turbo
6.75-litre V8 pumping out 500bhp and 738lb ft of torque.

That’s the higher state of tune for the big V8, but the
Final Series gets plenty of posh kit to go with the grunt: four Bentley
umbrellas mounted in the boot, a rear cocktail cabinet with a bespoke stainless
steel flask (honestly) and lots of posh ‘Final Series’ badging scattered
liberally around the car.

Very nice, but where next for the Arnage?

Following these last few cars, it’ll be put to rest after 10
years of production, to be followed - says Bentley - by another flagship model
that could be even more upmarket. A V8 Phantom rival, maybe?

This year, incidentally, sees that V8 enter its 50th year of
production, albeit with a few alterations through the years.

Yep, it’s a quinquagenarian.

Our favourite stat? Its emissions are now 99 per cent lower
than in 1958.

We always knew those Bentleys were good for the environment.

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