Bentley describes the Bentley Bentayga as “the most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world.” Those are certainly bold claims, considering current class leaders include the rapid Porsche Cayenne and luxurious Range Rover, but the early signs point towards plenty of truth in that statement.
The Bentley Bentayga will ride on a stretched and modified version of the next VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne platform. Engines will be shared with the Continental GT, so bank on a twin-turbo W-12 and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic will connect to an all-wheel-drive system.
The Bentley Bentayga headline figures are a 0-60mph time of just 4.0 seconds and a 187mph top speed. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – previously the fastest mainstream SUV on sale – offers up stats of 4.1 seconds and 176mph
Just over 600 examples of the First Edition of Bentley’s first ever SUV model will be produced, and include high levels of bespoke equipment as well as unique Union Jack badging.
Among the car’s features are illuminated tread plates, 22-inch alloy wheels and bespoke colour options. Inside, the already luxurious Bentayga receives new quilted trim and badging, contrasting stitching, embroidered seats and new trim details.
As well as the First Edition’s bespoke elements, owners will also be able to choose from three special Breitling watches.
Reflecting the SUV, the power output is 608PS, or 600bhp. All First Edition cars are powered by Bentley’s twin-turbocharged W12 engine.
Announcing the new model, Bentley’s sales and marketing boss Kevin Rose said: “With the First Edition we have created the ultimate expression of the Bentley Bentayga spirit. It is equipped with an array of striking features that celebrate both the pioneering nature of the Bentayga and its unique abilities”.
We expect prices to start from over £160,000, soaring to an easy £200k with some liberal ticking of the options list. First deliveries of the Bentayga will start in early 2016. So what are your thoughts? Do let us know.