Bentayga from Bentley Motors Mulliner
A LUXURY SUV FOR EVERY JOURNEY
It is rarely the first word that springs to mind when considering a Bentley. Yet the Bentayga’s handcrafted interior can be configured with a wide range of seating options, including four, five and seven* seat layouts.
The Bentayga brings to life the essence of Bentley, in imposing SUV form. A compelling fusion of road presence and exquisite details, it features a stunning, sculpted exterior. When viewed from the front, the famous Bentley matrix grille is flanked at either side with LED matrix headlamps, featuring a ‘crystal cut’ design.
A large wing vent, sculpted sills, and bold 21” wheels enhance the car’s profile, while jeweled 3D tail-lamps adorn the rear.
The wireless Touchscreen Remote gives passengers in the rear access to features such as heating and ventilation, seat settings and the audio system.
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Inside, options include Seat Comfort Specification and mood lighting, while veneers can be commissioned in a choice of natural woods or technical finishes. The leather hides can be complemented with your choice of stitching, piping, or custom embroidery.
The Bentayga can be ordered with either a 4.0 liter V8 petrol engine
An extended-wheelbase body style has been added to the Bentayga lineup for 2023. The longer body allows for more space in the rear seat so passengers can stretch out and relax. This model comes with a rear-wheel steering system which helps shrink the SUV’s turning radius.
It also features Bentley’s new Diamond Illumination ambient lighting system which shines lights through hand-stitched leather panels. The rear seats can recline up to 40 degrees and there’s a footrest that extends from the back of the front passenger seat so that the right rear rider can kick their feet up. The rear seats can be had with massaging functions and your choice of a full-length center console or a middle seat.
We like the V-8 model best. Even though the Speed’s powerful W-12 engine is silky smooth and effortlessly powerful, its price premium over the V-8 is substantial.
We’d suggest sticking with the eight-cylinder model and adding some niceties to it, such as the adaptive suspension, the rear-seat entertainment system, and the 20-speaker Naim stereo. And choosing the Touring Specification package will give you a suite of driver-assistance features. If you’re looking to maximize luxury for your rear-seat passengers, go with the extended-wheelbase model, which provides additional legroom and more rear-seat amenities.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Bentley offers a variety of powertrains for the Bentayga. On the low end, you have 443-hp hybrid arrangement with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and an electric motor.
Then there’s the 542-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine. We haven’t driven the former, but we can tell you that the latter emits a hearty burble on its way to 60 mph, which it does in just 3.5 seconds. The Bentayga Speed ups the ante with a 626-hp W-12.
Back in 2017, when the Speed made 600 ponies, this supersmooth powerhouse delivered a 3.6-second result in our 60-mph test. The W-12’s power delivery is creamier than the V-8’s, and its performance felt more robust during passing maneuvers.
Bentley claims that the Bentayga Speed, with a claimed top speed of 190 mph, is the fastest SUV in the world (although the Lamborghini Urus might have something to say about that).
Regardless of what’s under the hood, all Bentaygas utilize an eight-speed automatic transmission and come standard with all-wheel drive.
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