2002 Bentley State Limousine


2002 Bentley State Limousine

The Bentley State Limousines are official state cars manufactured by Bentley for the late Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The two cars produced were in service for the Queen up until her death in 2022. They have most recently been in service for King Charles III. The Princess Royal used the car while accompanying the Queen's coffin. Both cars are kept in the Royal Mews.

The vehicles' twin-turbocharged, 6.75-litre V8 engines have been modified from Bentley's Arnage R version to produce 400 hp (298 kW; 406 PS) and 616 lb-ft (835 N⋅m) of torque. Their maximum speed is 130 mph (209 km/h).

The State Limousines are 83.0 cm (2 ft 8.7 in) longer than a standard Bentley Arnage, 25.5 cm (10.0 in) taller, and 6.8 cm (2.7 in) wider. They are equipped with broad coach doors opening to the rear by almost 90 degrees. Opaque panels over the rear window of the cars can either be installed for added privacy or removed for added visibility of the occupants. For the protection of the occupants, the bodywork and glass are armoured, the cabin can be sealed air-tight in case of a gas attack and is also blast-resistant, and the tyres are kevlar-reinforced.

The State Limousines are equipped with flashing blue lights. The Scottish lion ornament is displayed as is the Royal Standard and shield for Scotland (royal visit to Perth, 2012).

The Bentleys are used mostly on official engagements and are always escorted by a selection of marked and unmarked Royal Protection Squad vehicles and local police vehicles and motorcycle outriders. The motorcade usually includes a support vehicle to carry staff and aides, which was previously a silver VW Transporter minibus, until replaced by a black Mercedes V-Class in 2019. Both minibuses used the registration plate 1 KUV.