Finally, after years of revisions and redrawing and reengineering the new Bentley Bentayga SUV is ready in full production trim to make its debut at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. You better like this one, because there is no way Bentley takes it back to the drawing board and change it again!
If you have been following the chronicles of Bentley SUV you know that they first came up with a fairly ridiculous concept called EXP 9. That car got mocked so much for its looks, they decided to redo the whole thing from scratch, and this is the result. This time around they plates it completely safe. The production Bentley Bentayga looks as uncontroversial as possible. It’s basically a Continental GT in high heels.
That doesn’t mean the Bentayga is bad looking or anything. The car has presence, and it conveys a feeling of power and invincibility. We’ve been following the prototypes around the world for the past year or so, and we can tell you Bentley have spent every effort to make sure the Bentayga performs excellently on and off the road. This thing will make the Range Rover look like Suzuki Vitara.
The 2016 Bentley Bentayga will launch with the famous twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine, tuned to 608 PS and 900 Nm of torque for use in the SUV. Later on there will be diesel and plug-in hybrid variants, but Bentley is saying nothing about a V8 petrol model. The W12 model has a 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The Bentayga is truly the Bentley of SUVs. It redefines luxury in the SUV sector and offers a genuine Bentley experience in any environment, thanks to a combination of unparalleled attention to detail, go-anywhere ability and cutting-edge technology. With this extraordinary car we are looking forward to an exciting period of strong growth and sales success for Bentley. The Bentayga is the next step in our brand’s bold future.”