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Bentley Bentayga climbs to Pikes Peak SUV record

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The Bentley Bentayga takes the checkered flag at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, breaking the record for fastest sport utility run
The Bentley Bentayga takes the checkered flag at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, breaking the record for fastest sport utility run
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The Bentley Bentayga takes the checkered flag at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, breaking the record for fastest sport utility run
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The Bentley Bentayga takes the checkered flag at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, breaking the record for fastest sport utility run
Rhys Millen, two-time champion of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, salutes his first place win in the Bentley Bentayga
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Rhys Millen, two-time champion of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, salutes his first place win in the Bentley Bentayga
The arduous Pikes Peak climb spans just 12.42 miles of road, but includes 156 corners and nearly 5,000 feet of altitude gain
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The arduous Pikes Peak climb spans just 12.42 miles of road, but includes 156 corners and nearly 5,000 feet of altitude gain
The Bentley Bentayga SUV did the Pikes Peak run without powertrain modifications to its big W12 engine and 48V anti-roll control systems
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The Bentley Bentayga SUV did the Pikes Peak run without powertrain modifications to its big W12 engine and 48V anti-roll control systems
Rhys Millen, part of the famous Millen family of racers, is a championship rally and drift driver
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Rhys Millen, part of the famous Millen family of racers, is a championship rally and drift driver
Millen is congratulated by the Bentley team at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
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Millen is congratulated by the Bentley team at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Capitalizing on the win, Bentley plans to issue a limited edition of the Bentayga to celebrate the Pikes Peak victory
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Capitalizing on the win, Bentley plans to issue a limited edition of the Bentayga to celebrate the Pikes Peak victory
The special Pikes Peak Bentayga features the same green livery which covered the one driven by Millen to take the win
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The special Pikes Peak Bentayga features the same green livery which covered the one driven by Millen to take the win
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The Bentley Bentayga has set a new production sport utility record at Pikes Peak. Helmed by world championship driver and Pikes Peak veteran Rhys Millen, the Bentayga completed the 156-turn course in just 10 minutes, 49.9 seconds. Bentley plans to issue a limited edition model celebrating the achievement.

The Bentayga, which is powered by a massive 600 bhp (447 kW) W12 engine, launched from the bottom of Pikes Peak in Colorado and ran the 12.42-mile (20 km) course, up nearly 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), to complete the race in 10:49.9. At an average speed of 66.5 miles per hour (107 km/h), the Bentayga beat the previous SUV record by almost two full minutes, though it was nowhere near the the new overall record holder – the VW ID R –which clocked an astounding 7 minutes, 57 seconds.

"What an incredible machine," said Rhys Millen after the win. "I had a great run - the car was planted all the way up and gave me the confidence I needed to push hard. I'm delighted to take the SUV record for Bentley and for everyone that's been involved in this project."

Rhys Millen, part of the famous Millen family of racers, is a championship rally and drift driver
Rhys Millen, part of the famous Millen family of racers, is a championship rally and drift driver

Minimal changes for safety reasons were the only differences between the Pikes Peak race-winning SUV and a standard production Bentayga. These changes include race seating in the front, removal of the rear seating, the addition of a roll cage, and the addition of a fire suppression system. Stock tires were replaced with Pirelli DOT-marked hoops and a production-specification Akrapovic sports exhaust was also bolted on.

The Bentayga driven by Millen was liveried in Radium Satin and black chrome with the Bentley Black Specification carbon fiber body kit. To celebrate the win, a Pikes Peak Bentayga will be offered in limited numbers carrying the same livery (minus the numbers) in Bentley Mulliner specification. The key lime accents from the roll cage paint in the Millen race SUV will be used as highlights for the interior of the Pikes Peak edition.

The special Pikes Peak Bentayga features the same green livery which covered the one driven by Millen to take the win
The special Pikes Peak Bentayga features the same green livery which covered the one driven by Millen to take the win

The Pikes Peak Bentayga will be available to order in the U.S. and Europe starting in August of 2018.

Source: Bentley

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2 comments
WB
Time someone takes a Tesla Model X P100D and blow that Bentayga record into Oblivion
Aaron Turpen
WD: As has been shown repeatedly on the track, the Tesla would overheat and enter limp mode well before doing the 12 miles flat out. So far, the EVs that have completed the Pikes Peak climb have been specially-designed vehicles made specifically for the race. They have, however, done very well with the VW this year setting a new all-time record.