Fastest Bentayga yet unveiled by Bentley

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Words: NZ Autocar
12 Aug 2020

As we indicated last week, Bentley Motors has now released full details of the new Bentayga Speed, combining the W12 powertrain and many of the usual optional features as standard, including the Mulliner Driving Specification.

The new Speed builds on the refreshed design of the latest Bentayga, introducing the latest onboard technology and a more cosseting cabin, though the engine output is the same as before. Fuel saving changes should make it less ravenous.

Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, commented “The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world and it’s also the most luxurious version.”

Powered as before by a 467kW 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, its 900Nm of torque is available from 1500 to 5000rpm for effortless performance. Maximum speed increases slightly to 306km/h, while the sprint to 100km/h requires 3.9sec.

Cylinder deactivation on demand improves efficiency, with a bank of six cylinders relieved of duty during periods of low demand, while in higher gears sailing in neutral is permitted, both saving fuel.

Four driving modes are available and the Sport mode has been recalibrated to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Bentley Dynamic Ride (electric active roll control technology) counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver a mix of stability, ride comfort and handling. Recalibration of the Torque Vectoring by Brake system is said to make the Speed even more responsive to drive.

Optional carbon ceramic brakes offer increased power and save at least 20kg over iron brakes.

Distinguishing the Speed model are dark-tint head- and taillights, elliptical in shape, body-coloured side skirts, unique front and rear bumpers and a larger tailgate spoiler. Special 22-inch wheel designs and Speed badging are other defining features.

Customers wishing to amplify the sporting look of their Bentayga Speed can select the Black Specification. This pack replaces all exterior brightwork with gloss black or carbon fibre elements.

Inside and out the paint and leather colour combinations are almost infinite.

The Speed also introduces optional Alcantara to the cabin. ‘Speed’ seat embroidery on the backrest of all seats is standard. Discreet metal Speed badging to the front fascia and illuminated tread plates complete the signature look.

A new infotainment system is part of the Bentayga update, as is an anti-glare screen and enhanced navigation. Wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard along with Android Auto.

Online services no longer require a data connection from a customer’s mobile device as there is an embedded SIM in Bentayga.

The Bentayga Speed will go on sale in the USA, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions where W12 variants remain popular. A hybrid model will soon be added to the Bentayga line-up for those after a greener option.

Expect a sticker price of around $420k before options when the big Speed arrives here next year.

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