“The most powerful, most luxurious, and most exclusive SUV in the world,” Bentley announced as they officially launched full details of the Bentayga at the Ritz Carlton in Palm Springs, California. It is a “sector-defining new model” – and it is Bentley through and through, from exquisite styling on the exterior to meticulous luxury detail on the interior.
The launch model of the Bentayga is a 4-door luxury SUV with seating for 4 or 5. It is powered by a 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that has been completely redesigned in a joint development between Bentley and Volkswagen. It delivers an immense 600 hp and 664 lb.-ft of torque that will take this lightweight aluminum body masterpiece from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. It also features an 8-speed automatic gearbox with permanent all-wheel drive and six-cylinder deactivation technology to increase mileage at light loads.
Step inside the new Bentayga and you will find the finest interior, with handcrafted wood and leather throughout and an attention to detail that is the epitome of modern automotive luxury. The front seats offer 16- or 22-way adjustment with 6-programme massage, heating, ventilation, and – depending on the configuration – adjustable cushion and backrest bolsters. In a 4-seat configuration, the rear seats feature 18-way adjustment and include a massage and ventilation system; in a 5-seat configuration, the entire rear seat platform folds down to maximise load-carrying capacity and, with automatic suspension lowering and rear seat release buttons, access is effortless.
When it comes to the behind-the-wheel experience, the Bentayga offers a suite of cutting-edge driver assistance technologies, including an on-board infotainment system, 12 ultrasonic on-board sensors, up to 5 cameras, short and long range radar, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian warning, collision warning, night vision, and so much more that allows the Bentayga to interpret and respond to the environment around it.
In the event that you decide to get down and dirty with this luxury SUV, optional specifications add 4 off-road modes to the standard 4 on-road modes. The vehicle information panel controls and displays suspension height, individual wheel suspension travel, drive mode, longitudinal and traverse inclination, steering angle, altitude, compass bearing, and more.
As one would expect, the cost of this Bentley SUV will likely climb quickly once you start ticking all of the boxes on the option list. There is likely no limit when it comes to customising this Bentley SUV, especially once you start handing it over to the skilled craftspeople at Mulliner, who will respond to any customer requirements through “Mulliner Bespoke.”
Customer deliveries are expected to commence in early 2016 and the launch model will be joined later by a high performance, clean technology diesel and plug-in hybrid, as well as a 7-seat option.