BENTLEY has announced full details of the new Bentayga Speed, set to be the pinnacle of its SUV range. Hand built in Crewe, the new variant provides effortless performance and uncompromising luxury.
Powered by Bentley’s 467kW 6.0-litre W12 twin turbo engine, which delivers 900Nm of torque, the new Bentayga Speed builds on a tradition that began with the Continental GT in 2007, and continues today.
The new Bentayga Speed maintains the performance credentials proved by its predecessor too, which claimed the production SUV record at the gruelling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018.
With exceptional performance, comfort and handling, the maximum speed is also increased to 306km/h, while the 0-100 km/h sprint is delivered in 3.9 seconds. And yet, efficiency is also an important aspect of such a powerful engine.
To achieve effective cylinder deactivation with the complex layout of the W12, the engine control unit deactivates one complete bank of six cylinders as required. Switching between the A and B Bank using information from the inlet and exhaust sensors.
It also features Bentley Dynamic Ride, the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system which instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact.
In doing so, it delivers class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling. To match the elevated levels of performance, the Bentayga Speed sports a purposeful exterior look.
Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts, unique front and rear bumpers and a striking, elongated tailgate spoiler characterise the Speed’s performance credentials, along with dark-tint radiator and bumper grilles.
A unique 22-inch wheel design is available in two finishes (painted and dark tint), while Speed signature badging adds to the sporting design cues. At the rear, the exhaust finishers are now the oval design that signifies a W12 power train.
Dark-tint tail lamps complete the Speed exterior, with paint colours likely to be the biggest challenge; there are 17 standard paint colours, supplemented by a further 47 hues in the Extended and Mulliner ranges, with an additional 24 duo-tone options.
Customers wanting to go beyond these 88 options can have paintwork colour matched to any sample they provide. This exceptional range is complemented by a palette of 15 interior hide colours, six colour splits, eight veneers and two technical finishes.
The Bentayga Speed introduces a dramatic design theme that balances luxury and performance in an unrivalled way. The unique colour split is achieved through the use of dark colours, enhanced by primary hide accents throughout the seats and interior trim.
The Speed colour split also introduces Alcantara to the cabin of the Bentayga, across the seat cushions and back rest centre panels, gear lever, steering wheel, lower knee trim areas, upper pillar trim and headliner. Leather is also available.
‘Speed’ seat embroidery on the backrest of all of the seats is included as standard, and as a no-cost option customers can choose to replace the ‘Speed’ embroidery with that of the Bentley logo.
A new contrast stitching design through the diamond quilting of the Mulliner Driving Specification (included as standard) is unique to the Speed, with each of the stitch lines being split, one to match the leather, the other in the contrast colour.
Discreet metal Speed badging to the front fascia and Speed illuminated treadplates complete the signature look. Setting new standards in the sector for customer technology interfaces, the new Bentayga also introduces a new, cutting-edge infotainment system.
A bigger and brighter, high-resolution 10.9-inch touchscreen, with an anti-reflection and anti-glare coating and much improved touch functionality, now spans the entire width of the centre fascia for a more contemporary look.
As well as the usual array of media sources, wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard, along with Android Auto. With a corresponding phone plugged into one of the car’s USB-C sockets, the central infotainment screen mirrors the smartphone display.
The new Bentayga Speed now also has a fully digital driver’s information panel similar to the Continental GT and Flying Spur. The display brings a contemporary look to the cockpit, and can be customised to the driver’s requirements.
The new Bentayga family will soon be completed by the global launch of the model’s first Hybrid, giving customers even more choice. Further information and pricing is available from your local Bentley dealer.