For 2005, the Bentley Arnage receives a freshening-up. On the exterior, there are round Xenon headlamps, revised hood, and a choice of matrix or vaned grille; inside, there’s a new dashboard top, new switchgear, secondary controls hidden behind panels, new instruments and a new navigation system. The rear suspension layout has been revised and the overall suspension has been tweaked for better ride and handling. New wheels are available for all models, and customer choices have been increased, with 40 standard colours and 27 interior hide options.

The Arnage is available as the R, the long-wheelbase RL, and the sporty T. All are powered by a 6.8-litre, twin-turbocharged engine, which now meets Euro IV emissions regulations. The R and RL receive 400 horsepower, while the T commands 450 hp.

Standard equipment on each Arnage includes Connolly leather interior, Wilton carpets, 18-inch wheels with Pirelli low-profile tires, automatic climate control, a DVD-based satellite navigation system, electrically-adjustable heated seats, cruise control and parking sensors front and rear. The T receives 19-inch, seven-spoke wheels. As each Arnage is built to a customer’s specifications, individual options and interior equipment will be different on each vehicle. Over half are further modified by Bentley Mulliner, the company’s coachbuilder.

Although it’s still based on a re-engineered Rolls-Royce platform, the Arnage has been moving away from its role as a Rolls clone, and now has a personality all its own. The R and its stretched RL sibling (the wheelbase increases by 250 mm) receive softer springs and a cushier ride. The extra horsepower of the T is sent to the asphalt through a firmer set-up that makes for a huge, luxurious car that can handle challenging road courses with ease.

The Arnage is built in Crewe, England.

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