4.0s, 187MPH 2017 Bentley BENTAYGA Is Official! Full Launch Details, Video and Tech Specs

Welcome to the most luxurious SUV ever made.

The new Bentley BENTAYGA has been many years in the making, but the results look worth every minute of effort.

This Q7 and Cayenne-derived vehicle will join the Lamborghini LM002 from the 1980s in the hall of fame books. Why?

12 giant cylinders in front.

Stonking power, balanced foot-down handling and cloud-like air suspension all join forces to make the BENTAYGA a fascinating look into the future of super-trucks.

The huge engine and worlds-fastest top speed for an SUV will help set the Bentaya apart from its siblings, and also the most plush Range Rovers. Nothing from JLR in truck form runs larger than a supercharged V8, so Bentayga will be running mostly solo as it nears the double ton on the autobahn.

While the W12 will form the launch engine for first arrivals in Spring 2016, many more variants are on the way. Same goes for the seating: the Bentayga will at first seat five, with a seven-passenger option coming later. Clean diesel and plug-in hybrid Bentaygas are also promised for 2018 — along with an even-more-high-performance Speed model.BENTAYGA gif

Feast your eyes on the squat, butch and muscular lines of the Bentayga. Vastly improved versus the EXP 9F from a few years ago, the nose is marked like cleaner lighting and Continental GT-esque lower bumpers and mesh grillework. The sides carry more shaping, accent lines and scallops of styling swirls. Exaggerated rear fender flares with a wind-swept curve around the back wheels seems like it would look silly, but really works on the final machine.

The tail is greatly improved, with intricate layers of beltline, all integrating into new B-shaped taillamp LED optics.

Production starts in January, with first deliveries a few months into 2016. Pricing is not yet available, but we’d wager a $330,000 $250,000 ballpark. This leaves room for all the cheaper engine options to still be above $180k — the max for any Cayenne or GLS63 AMG. And for most Range Rovers.

It also leaves room in the $400k pricerange for the upcoming Rolls-Royce Alpine SUV, expected as a 2019 model-year launch based on the Ghost III.

2017 Bentley BENTAYGA


Sep 9, 2015

  • A true Bentley, combining unparalleled luxury with sporting ability, off-road performance and everyday usability
  • Innovative and advanced technology – cutting-edge features with trademark exquisite luxury
  • Designed, engineered and built in Crewe, UK, sector-defining SUV takes Bentley luxury to new places
  • Sculptural design with elegant, timeless execution, balances athleticism with presence
  • Bentley workforce blend exceptional craft and skill with modern production techniques and materials
  • Intricate detailing and precision in wood, metal and leather creates a modern, luxurious handcrafted interior
  • Effortless Bentley performance, unrestrained by climate or terrain
  • A new highly advanced chassis for ultimate ride quality and comfort
  • All-new Crewe-built W12 offers unrivalled power and torque, efficiency and refinement, the most powerful and fastest SUV ever
  • Launch model is joined later by high performance, clean technology diesel and plug-in hybrid, as well as a seven seat option


(Crewe, 9 September, 2015) Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of its pinnacle, sector-defining new model, the Bentayga.

The Bentley Bentayga combines unparalleled luxury with effortless performance and everyday usability.

With an all-new W12 powertrain, the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. It offers a true Bentley driving experience and showcases innovative technology features.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the Bentayga’s styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant, timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlamps and large matrix grille, to the distinctive power line and muscular haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout.

The Bentley Bentayga boasts the world’s finest automotive cabin, with unrivalled levels of precision. The detailing in metal, wood and leather – including meticulous tolerances between elements of trim – is the epitome of modern British luxury. This level of perfection is only achievable thanks to the exceptional craft and skill of Bentley’s colleagues in Crewe.

An all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga. The mighty 12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), the Bentayga is the world’s most powerful and fastest SUV.

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.”

The Bentayga will make its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show from 15 to 27 September. Customer deliveries commence in early 2016.

Further details about the Bentayga, including video interviews with key members of the design and development team, are available at www.bentleymedia.com.

Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies

A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV.

It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control)  and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).

Responsive Off-Road Setting allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving both comfort and fuel economy.

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