If you are one of the people who criticized for the W12-powered Bentayga as wasteful and pointless your excuse for hating this SUV has now been taken away from you by this, the new Bentley Bentayga Diesel. This one gets a fairly efficient V8 triple-charged diesel engine that makes a lot of sense.
The triple-charged, 4.0-litre, 32-valve V8 engine in Bentley Bentayga Diesel, borrowed from Audi SQ7, develops 435 PS (429 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb. ft.) of torque, corresponding to a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph) and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds). What’s more, it has a class-leading CO2 emissions of 210 g/km and frugal enough to deliver a range of over 1,000 km on a full tank.
Unfortunately this presents another problem. Sure, Bentley Bentayga Diesel is powerful and efficient and all that, but Bentley badge still comes with a strong whiff of aristocracy about it, and a lot of people will tell you that putting a diesel engine in one of these cars is like making a Marquess take the trash out and clean the gutters. It’s doable, but somehow is doesn’t feel right. Then there is the snob factor. If you are wealthy enough to afford a Bentayga in the first place you are going to get the range-topping W12 because getting the basic diesel version is like getting fake jewelry. People are going to notice.
Bentley Bentayga Diesel gets all the good stuff the W12 can be specified with like the fancy Mulliner wheels and trims, Breitling clock, even the Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods.