Itâ€™s pretty much an assumed fact that much of the world as we know it will shortly be underwater. Itâ€™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 â€œinconvenient truthâ€ 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. Franzâ€™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 Veyronâ€™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 environmentalistâ€™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.