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Bentley Bentayga SUV: 12 cylinders, 600 hp and a ton of tech

The Bentayga combines luxury and performance
The Bentayga combines luxury and performance
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The Bentayga combines luxury and performance
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The Bentayga combines luxury and performance
The Bentayga accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in four seconds
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The Bentayga accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in four seconds
The Bentayga has a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h)
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The Bentayga has a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h)
The Bentayga produces 600 hp
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The Bentayga produces 600 hp
The Bentayga is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6-liter engine
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The Bentayga is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6-liter engine
The Bentayga has an eight-speed automatic gearbox
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The Bentayga has an eight-speed automatic gearbox
The ride of the Bentayga can be tailored to suit a variety of surfaces
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The ride of the Bentayga can be tailored to suit a variety of surfaces
The Bentayga has a variety of on- and off-road drive settings
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The Bentayga has a variety of on- and off-road drive settings
The Bentayga has metal, wood and leather elements throughout its interior
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The Bentayga has metal, wood and leather elements throughout its interior
The Bentayga has cushioned front seats that can be adjusted in 22 different ways
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The Bentayga has cushioned front seats that can be adjusted in 22 different ways
The Bentayga has rear seats that can be adjusted in 18 different ways, and feature massage and ventilation functions
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The Bentayga has rear seats that can be adjusted in 18 different ways, and feature massage and ventilation functions
The Bentayga's infotainment system is based around an 8-inch touchscreen and a 60 GB hard drive
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The Bentayga's infotainment system is based around an 8-inch touchscreen and a 60 GB hard drive
The Bentayga's automatic gear-stick is located on the center console
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The Bentayga's automatic gear-stick is located on the center console
The Bentayga's center console features a number of different controls
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The Bentayga's center console features a number of different controls
The Bentayga has quick-access controls on its steering wheel
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The Bentayga has quick-access controls on its steering wheel
The Bentayga has a head-up display for showing information to the driver
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The Bentayga has a head-up display for showing information to the driver
The Bentayga has removable Android-based Bentley Entertainment Tablets for rear-seat passengers
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The Bentayga has removable Android-based Bentley Entertainment Tablets for rear-seat passengers
The Bentley Entertainment Tablets provide 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
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The Bentley Entertainment Tablets provide 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
The Bentayga has a leather interior with contrast stitching
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The Bentayga has a leather interior with contrast stitching
The Bentayga is available with an integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with cooler, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods
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The Bentayga is available with an integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with cooler, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods

We've seen teasers and spy shots, now full details of the Bentley Bentayga SUV have been revealed. Described by Bentley as the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world, the 12-cylinder, 600 hp Bentayga makes 0-60 mph in four seconds and has a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h) ... and there's plenty of technology to boot.

The Bentayga is powered by a twin-turbocharged, W12, 6-liter engine that is coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and kicks out 600 bhp (447kW) and produces 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) of torque.

Among the array of onboard tech is a wide variety of on- and off-road drive settings for customizing the ride. It can be tailored to suit a variety of surfaces, and real-time info about the vehicle and terrain can be provided, such as pitch, roll, steering angle and compass bearing.

When on the road, the Bentayga uses navigation data, sensors and cameras to provide predictive information. It can make the driver aware of upcoming corners or speed limit changes, for example, and can also be set to modify its speed accordingly or automatically keep a minimum set distance from a vehicle in front.

Information is shown using a head-up display (HUD), which is claimed to improve safety by minimizing the extent to which drivers need to take their eyes off the road. In addition, infra-red night vision is used to identify potential obstacles ahead when driving in the dark, and these are also displayed on the HUD.

The Bentayga has a head-up display for showing information to the driver
The Bentayga has a head-up display for showing information to the driver

The Bentayga has a parking assistance feature that will work for both parallel and perpendicular spaces. Traffic that is crossing behind the vehicle can also be detected when reversing out of a space. Road signs can be detected and displayed to the driver, while four cameras mounted on the vehicle provide a full picture of what's around it.

The Bentayga's infotainment system is based around an 8-inch touchscreen and a 60 GB hard drive. For rear seat passengers there is a removable, Android-based Bentley Entertainment Tablet that provides 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. There are also three different sound systems from which customers can choose, the most powerful of which is rated at 1,950 W and has a "network" of 18 speakers and super-tweeters.

Accompanying the various technological bells and whistles inside the Bentayga is a luxurious cabin. There are metal, wood and leather elements throughout, including on the dashboard, center console and doors. The cushioned front seats can be adjusted in 22 different ways, while the rear seats can be adjusted in 18, and feature massage and ventilation functions.

The Bentayga has cushioned front seats that can be adjusted in 22 different ways
The Bentayga has cushioned front seats that can be adjusted in 22 different ways

According to Bentley, the vehicle's chassis makes use of the largest single-piece aluminum pressing in the automotive world. Exterior features include a large matrix grille, B-shaped wing vents, floating LED headlamps and a front bumper skid plate, while a panoramic glass roof makes up almost 60 per cent of the total roof surface.

The Bentayga will be available globally and deliveries are expected to start from Q1 next year. It is priced at £160,200 in the UK and $229,100 in the US.

The video below is the launch film for the Bentayga.

Source: Bentley

3 comments
jingleburp
Sorry Bentley, but your Bentayga SUV gets smoked by the Tesla Model X SUV in the 0-60 by almost an entire second. Yours is NOT the fastest SUV - but it may be the most overpriced. So, let's see, for twice the price, your little SUV is anything but worth the money.
Nelson
Are all the riches of the wealthy enough to pull all the poor out of poverty? Sure, the cost of one Bentley is worth two hundred and fifty Tata Nanos, but it is going to take a lot more steel, copper, rubber and energy to make those Tata Nanos than that one Bentley. Although, I am sure there will be no hand selected and polished exquisitely exotic hardwood used to trim those Tata Nanos.
plustardi
Somehow crazy - for double the price you get an Audi Q8 which looks like a swollen London taxi (ok – with a lot of handmade leather stuff)… Am I the only one? But since the Germans own British luxury car brands – the elegant tasteful British design has been replaced with German baroque pomp, not?!
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