2004 Bentley Arnage RL Mulliner review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 21 October 2006 , 10:10:30 byEmil

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Bentley Arnage RL Mulliner

Bentley announced their latest work of art, the Arnage RL by Mulliner. It can be easily recognize because of its subtle Mulliner badge on the front wing. The model features two 13.1-inch screens, one on each seat back, DVD and TV monitors, CD, MP3 player, Nokia mobile telephones, walnut-veneer writing tablets and last but not least, a computer system. This model actually makes Bentley the only manufacturer of truly bespoke cars. Imagination and the resources of the client are the only limit the carmaker knows, unlike others, so anyone can go to Bentley Mulliner at Crewe and say what they want and the engineers and designers will do their best to build your dream car. Long ago, all luxury cars were coach-built, but now this art is lost. Bentley keeps it in practice and the Arnage range in general and the Arnage RL by Mulliner are the ultimate examples of it.

In 2004 Bentley Motors announced its new flagship, a sumptuously appointed sporting saloon without equal, which heads the legendary Arnage family. Designed to showcase Bentley's unrivalled handcraftsmanship talents and the skills of its Personal Commissioning department, it is the Bentley Arnage RL by Mulliner. And its specification is certain to whet the appetites of technofiles and aesthetes alike, introducing the very latest technologies into a genuinely bespoke interior.

Easily identified by its subtle Mulliner badge on the front wing, it is only when you open the doors that you see the transformation of the cabin, that brings a level of opulence and technical sophistication beyond even that of the luxurious Arnage RL.

Most notable perhaps are the two 13.1 in. screens, one in each seat back. These are both DVD and television monitors and are fed from a six seat DVD stacker in the boot. The satellite navigation screen in the front also receives the television and DVD images, but only when the car is stationary. Sound is taken care of by an Alpine combined tuner, CD and MP3 player which plays through twin amplifiers to JL speakers, incorporating twin sub-woofers in the rear parcel shelf.

When the time for recreation is over, the Arnage RL by Mulliner proves itself to be an equally capable office thanks to a computer system boasting a 1GHz Pentium processor, a 20GB hard drive, USB ports, an infra-red keyboard and both Internet and e-mail facilities. Dual-band installations for Nokia mobile telephones are included front and rear. In addition there is document storage available in each seat back, and walnut-veneer writing tables.

Having proved itself equally adept as a cinema and as an office, the Arnage RL by Mulliner spends the rest of its time as a mobile drawing room. Features particular to this car include a veneered cocktail cabinet to the rear centre cushion, a wine cooler, a solid wood gear lever in burr walnut and Bentley marque emblems to the seat facings.

The Bentley Arnage RL by Mulliner is more than just the head of the Arnage range of sporting, luxurious saloons. It also reinforces Bentley's position as the only manufacturer of truly bespoke cars. While others may offer extensive option lists or a limited level of customer choice, for Bentley the only limit is defined by the imagination and resources of the customer. He or she can come to Bentley Mulliner at Crewe, see the vast scope for creating a unique car and discuss their exact requirements with our engineers, designers and craftsmen and women. Bentley Mulliner's sphere of operation extends from one tiny modification to an otherwise standard car, such as the embroidery of the owner's initials in the upholstery, to the design, commission and execution of a new State limousine for Her Majesty, The Queen. In between lies an effectively infinite number of arrangements and permutations - actually there are more than a trillion ways to build a Bentley!

Once, all luxury cars were coachbuilt, but today it is an almost lost art. But at Bentley all the old skills remain in practice everyday, creating cars of a quality and with a character found nowhere else in the automotive industry. The Arnage range in general and the Arnage RL by Mulliner in particular are the ultimate expressions of this art.