Prototype W16-powered Arnage could lead to the fastest-ever production Bentley

Bentley sources have confirmed that the company has built a prototype Arnage fitted with the Bugatti Veyron’s 987bhp quad-turbo W16 engine.Bentley boss Franz-Josef Paefgen — who is also president of Bugatti — is thought to be the driving force behind the project. It’s unclear whether this experiment will ever find its way into the showrooms, or how such a huge amount of power can be contained in a rear-drive car.But a detuned version of the unit could make sense in a production Arnage, and would create one of the most sought-after special edition British cars ever made.The current Arnage’s 6.75-litre V8 pumps out up to 500bhp, while the Flying Spur’s W12 packs even more: 552bhp. It seems likely, then that Bentley will want the new Arnage to pull ahead of its stablemate and offer even more power. It also means that the new Arnage might well be able to top the Flying Spur's 200mph-plus top speed.

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