Every time a new Bentley comes along, many are quick to render said luxury vehicle as an elegant long-roof shooting brake. However, very few creations like these actually exist in the metal, and now, one is up for sale.
Listed for sale on Mobile.de for €129,000 ($127,755), the 2003 Bentley Arnage has just 24,233 miles (39,000 km) on its odometer. The car left the factory as a regular Arnage, after which it was bought by an Italian industrial heir with a specific goal in mind. As the story goes, he supposedly wanted something with enough storage space to carry luggage between his residences in Monaco and Switzerland that also had the facilities to suitably traverse the latter property’s rough terrain.
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It was at that point he brought it to American company Genaddi Design, who were able to sculpt the sedan’s bodywork into that of a shooting brake. On top of that, to satisfy the owner’s second requirement of being able to navigate treacherous terrain, the four-wheel drive system from a Cadillac Escalade was fitted to the previously rear-wheel drive Arnage. And if all that wasn’t enough, they also adorned the sides and rear of the body with wood paneling for good measure.
Genaddi also tried working their magic on the interior, but after two separate iterations, the owner was unsatisfied and instead decided to send it out to legendary design house Pininfarina. In addition to all the visual changes made to the cabin, there were also functional additions such as a double sunroof and folding rear seats.
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Rounding off the specs of this bizarre Arnage is the tame fact that its engine remains unmodified. That engine, a 6.75L twin-turbo V8, makes potent 450 hp (456 PS / 336 kW) and 645 lb-ft (875 Nm) of torque, which is now sent to all four wheels by way of a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. All in all, the whole job ended up costing around $900,000 (€908,869), so at the price this car’s being offered, it’s somewhat of a bargain even if you were to factor out the exclusivity of it.
What do you think? Is this Arnage shooting brake your style? Or do you prefer the Rolls-Royce version? Let us know in the comments.