The new Bentayga Speed can reach 190 mph making it a strong competitor to the Lamborghini Urus.
When it comes to performance, the Bentley Bentayga was already a rocket. Its look may not receive everyone’s seal of approval, sure, but the SUV is still an engineering masterpiece. And, when the speed factor comes into discussion, it just rules in that field!
So, why is everyone so hyped up about this Bentayga? Probably because the Bentayga Speed can max out at a mighty 190 mph, making it one of the fastest SUV currently available on the market. Not too shabby for a vehicle as big as a Japanese capsule hotel.
Now, you’d have to be very finicky if you are still not impressed with the upgraded Bentayga. Despite its colossal size, the British-German SUV was even able to match the Lamborghini Urus’s top speed.
And if that is still not enough, the Bentley Bentayga has much more to offer. Its most remarkable feature is undoubtedly the substantial twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine producing a whopping 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Even better, Bentley paired the engine to an eight-speed automatic transmission tuned for maximum comfort.
The result of the combo is pretty mind-blowing — the Bentayga Speed can sprint to 62 mph in only 3.9 seconds. The last time I checked, only supercars were worthy of these numbers. Besides, some independent tests measured a 0-60 mph time in a mere 3.3 seconds for the base model.
The Bentayga isn’t only about speed, though. The SUV has all sorts of driving comforts and luxuries one can expect from a Bentley. The posh interior is particularly attractive for drivers with refined taste.
“The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world, but more than that, it’s also the most luxurious version of the new Bentayga – the best of both worlds, the pinnacle,” said Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark.
Those have been the greatest perks of owning a Bentley for a long time now. You not only quench your thirst for speed but also enjoy one of the most luxurious interiors on the market.
And, if you were worried about the fuel consumption, the engine has a cylinder deactivation feature. This system can lower fuel consumption when coasting on the highway or don’t need much power. Of course, it’s also better for the environment as well.
Furthermore, the Bentayga Speed also features the so-called Sail Mode. When engaged, it decouples the engine from the drivetrain. The system does that by opening the torque converter open the torque converter, dropping the engine to idle, and simply allowing the car to roll free or ‘sail.’ When the gas pedal is pressed down, the transmission is re-engaged. As a result of that, the system can reduce consumption at steady highway speeds.
There are some glaring omissions in the Bentayga Speed, though. We could’ve forgiven steel brakes in a typical SUV, but this car weighs almost 6,000 pounds and can go up to 190 mph. On my calendar, it reads 2020. And, in these modern times, carbon-ceramic brakes on such fast machines should come as standard. Bentley should probably learn from Porsche’s book in this case.
The Bentley Bentayga Speed is undoubtedly not an approachable family SUV. If you want one, you’ll need to shell out at least $245,000. For that price, you can have almost 10 Toyota RAV4s in your garage.
Still, there is no denying that the Bentayga Speed provides a unique driving experience. And wealthy people seem to agree — the previous version of the swanky SUV sold very well.
Bentley plans to start sales from the first quarter of 2021. And, judging by their success with the SUV so far, the price won’t be an issue for potential customers!