• Apr 23, 2008


Click above to view the Bentley State Limousine in hi-res

After the previous owners at Vickers prepared the Arnage sedan just in time for Volkswagen to take ownership, it took Bentley another five years to come out with the Continental GT. But before the new generation of Bentley Continentals made their debuts, Crewe created a special vehicle called the Bentley State Limousine. But before you run out to your local Bentley dealership in pursuit of what no one else at the country club will have, consider that Bentley made only two examples, exclusively for HM Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Believe it or not, however, this was the first time in all its nearly ninety-year history as one of Britain's most prominent luxury automakers that Bentley was asked to make a limousine for the crown, as previous limos had been created by Daimler and Rolls-Royce. The distinction allowed Bentley to utilize the distinguished "By appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" label with the Queen's coat of arms, which the company flashes proudly in Rolls-Royce's big chrome face.

The State Limousine took two years to develop and is based on the Arnage, but fitted with unique bodywork styled by Bentley and crafted in-house at its Mulliner coachbuilding division. The exterior is visually distinct and more old-fashion than the Arnage, and features an enlarged greenhouse, with opaque rear window panels that can be installed for privacy or stowed in the trunk for parade visibility. The State Limousine also features suicide rear doors and measures some three-feet longer, ten-inches taller and six-inches wider than the Arnage, and is equipped with armored bodywork and windows, plus a blast-proof floor and an airtight cabin. All that means an 8,818-pound curb weight, pulled around by the same 400hp 6.75-liter V8 as used in the long-wheelbase Arnage RL. Stylistically, the State Limousine looks something like a cross between the Hongqi HQE and a London taxi – you can decide for yourself in the gallery below, where you'll notice the vehicle's deceptive dimensions and the obviation of the license plate frame for the Queen's own motor-carriage. Somehow we don't think she'll be pulled over.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn! That's one ugly car. A car costing $500.000 to a mil should look much better than this, I don't care whose name or logo on it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any gas mialge estimates for that? Will this recieve the distain reserved for "Cheslea Tractors"? Wonder if she will be paying the congestion tax? What does Red ken have to say?? Lots of unanswered questions remain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I kind of like the simplicity of it. I wouldn't say it's outrageously sexy-looking, but it's not bad.

      Then I saw the picture of the guy standing next to it. That thing is huge!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Queen's Bentley State Limousine's are not registered vehicles so exempt from road tax so Red Ken does not get a bean for congestion charges from the Queen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Tyres we designed and built specifically for this vehicle in the Pirelli UK factory (Carlisle)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! Too bad this wasn't around back when Lincoln had the "Mine is bigger than yours commercials." The queen would win in that throwdown. Who is the Alfred Hitchkock looking gent next to the limo?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen this thing in person around Holborn and it's gargantuan. It must be nearly as long as a bus. Plus if Liz is in it, she's on state business so she gets a full blues-and-twos escort with outriders to clear the traffic. Proof positive that when it comes to conspicuous consumption, Liz is still out-blingin' the best of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks like those London cabs! C'mon, the Royalty deserve better!
      • 6 Years Ago
      In the span of two years, they didn't manage to carve much of the ugly off, did they? As a citizen of the Queen's realm, it embarrasses me that Bentley 'PRESENTED' (http://goodcarbadcar.blogspot.com/2007/12/ugly-bentley.html) this car to Elizabeth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it! It is quiet and understated, which is fitting for a Queen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Apparently, the Queen had input herself. At least according to Yahoo. http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/27112007/49/bentley-state-limousine-34.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Kia Amante...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone notice the Pirelli Scorpion-Zero tires on there? Perhaps it's off-road capable?
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