2006 Bentley Arnage

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Bentley Arnage. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    12-16 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    400-hp, 6.8-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Heritage
  • Exclusivity
  • Quietness
  • Luxury amenities
  • Construction quality

The Bad

  • Price
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features of the 2006 Bentley Arnage

  • 400-hp V-8 in Arnage R
  • 450-hp V-8 in Arnage T
  • Standard- or extended-length models

2006 Bentley Arnage Overview

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Vehicle Overview
For 2005, Bentley said each Arnage model had been completely re-engineered from bumper to bumper. Little has changed for 2006. The British luxury motorcar company's Arnage sedan still comes in regular R and high-performance T forms.

A 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 produces 645 pounds-feet of torque in the Arnage T, making it the most powerful road-going Bentley ever produced. New bumpers and redesigned tailpipes and side sills were installed for 2005. This version has less chrome than the regular Bentley sedan, and the seats have diamond-pattern upholstery. A 400-hp V-8 powers the Arnage R.

Bentley also offers an Arnage RL limousine that features a 9.8-inch wheelbase extension. Most RLs are likely to be chauffeur-driven. Developed by Bentley's Mulliner organization, the RL can be configured in just about any way to suit its owner. Broad D-pillars sit behind the rear doors, a small back window is installed, and passengers sit deeply recessed in the rear compartment. Interior fittings are discreet, but two 12-inch DVD screens are installed.

Bentley unveiled an Arnage Drophead Coupe concept early in 2005, but the subsequent production version has adopted the Azure name and is listed separately in the cars.com Research section.


Exterior
New styling for 2005 included round headlamps with xenon low beams and halogen high beams. The hood line was revised, and buyers could choose between two front grille patterns. New wheels became available for all models.

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Vehicle Overview
For 2005, Bentley said each Arnage model had been completely re-engineered from bumper to bumper. Little has changed for 2006. The British luxury motorcar company's Arnage sedan still comes in regular R and high-performance T forms.

A 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 produces 645 pounds-feet of torque in the Arnage T, making it the most powerful road-going Bentley ever produced. New bumpers and redesigned tailpipes and side sills were installed for 2005. This version has less chrome than the regular Bentley sedan, and the seats have diamond-pattern upholstery. A 400-hp V-8 powers the Arnage R.

Bentley also offers an Arnage RL limousine that features a 9.8-inch wheelbase extension. Most RLs are likely to be chauffeur-driven. Developed by Bentley's Mulliner organization, the RL can be configured in just about any way to suit its owner. Broad D-pillars sit behind the rear doors, a small back window is installed, and passengers sit deeply recessed in the rear compartment. Interior fittings are discreet, but two 12-inch DVD screens are installed.

Bentley unveiled an Arnage Drophead Coupe concept early in 2005, but the subsequent production version has adopted the Azure name and is listed separately in the cars.com Research section.


Exterior
New styling for 2005 included round headlamps with xenon low beams and halogen high beams. The hood line was revised, and buyers could choose between two front grille patterns. New wheels became available for all models.

Bentley sedans are largely hand-built. These four-door cars are similar to the now-departed Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, but they look slightly different and feature several unique characteristics. Buyers can choose from 40 factory body colors or specify a two-tone combination.

Arnage T sedans get a sport-tuned suspension and seven-spoke, 19-inch alloy wheels. The minimally chromed exterior includes front fog lights. The grand-touring Arnage R has a comfort-tuned suspension, and 18-inch wheels are installed.

The outside mirrors feature electrochromatic glass to reduce night glare and can fold in electronically when required. A 26.4-gallon fuel tank is installed for good reason, as fuel economy isn't a Bentley benefit.


Interior
For 2005, the Arnage's interior was updated with a new dashboard top and instruments. Secondary controls are hidden behind veneered panels. Bentley buyers can choose walnut, oak, bird's-eye maple or black lacquer interior trim to complement the 27 interior leather options.

Tucked amid all this traditional luxury are several technological treats, including a DVD-based satellite navigation system. The driver's seat automatically moves rearward to ease entry and exit, and both sides of the rear seat also move.


Under the Hood
In regular R form, Bentley's twin-turbocharged 6.8-liter V-8 develops 400 hp and 616 pounds-feet of torque. Output escalates to 450 hp and 645 pounds-feet of torque in the Arnage T. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Bentley says the Arnage T can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, versus 5.9 seconds for the Arnage R.

Safety
Antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system, and side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are standard.


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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Arnage received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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