Steane Klose | Oct 18, 2007

It’s pretty much an assumed fact that much of the world as we know it will shortly be underwater. It’s the price we are going to pay for our CO2 folly according to those in the know and to be honest has anyone ever heard of a failed US Presidential candidate ever being wrong?

In the meantime, a chap who we think has got it all going on is Bentleys Franz-Josef Paefgen. A recent report from Autocar suggests that Franz is concerned with an “inconvenient truth” in the Bentley range. His Arnage is under-powered compared to the Flying Spur.


The Flying Spur currently packs a bespoke 411Kw (552hp) from its W12 leaving the Bentley Arnage with a paltry 372Kw (500hp) from its 6.75-litre V8. Franz’s solution (and this is why we like him) is to drop the quad-turbo W16 Bugatti Veyron donk into the Arnage, a shock and awe tactic you might say. Bentley are able to access the Bugatti W16 as both manufacturers are owned by Volkswagen.

Bentley is believed to have a prototype Veyron powered Arnage in testing. The Veyron’s W16 would have to be detuned as a rear driver is unlikely to deal well with 1001hp but even de-tuned (a lot) it would be expected to easily rip the wings off the Flying Spur and pretty much anything else in the luxury four-door saloon department.

Will it make it though to production? We hope so. It may not be an environmentalist’s idea of a sensible vehicle but then with the exception of a push-bike what is?

We just hope Franz can get the W16 Arnage buttoned up, out the door and up to higher ground before the world is inundated.


[Source: Autocar]

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