Bentley has finally succumbed and joined the clambering luxury car masses in serving up its’ first-ever high-end SUV. The all-new Bentley Bentayga is earmarked as a game changer within the segment in regards to performance and spec. Jaguar Land Rover has denied publically any anxiety over Bentley’s latest venture, which is akin to Premier League Club’s board giving their manager the dreaded vote of confidence. Anticipation has reached fever-pitch and here’s all you need to know about Bentley’s SUV:
The origins of its name
If you thought Bentley would go simple with their first-ever SUV name, then think again. Bentayga is certainly a mouthful, but what does it mean? Named after the Roque Bentayga Mountains in Gran Canaria, the SUV’s name lends gravitas to a model that many critics believe will blow open the world of hyper-luxurious 4x4s. Bentley has also linked the title to the Taiga snow forests that dominate large swathes of the Northern hemisphere. It is fair to say that the car maker certainly hopes that it will evoke awe on a par with two of the natural world’s most impressive sights.
Performance to eclipse all before it
A SUV that can shoot from 0-62mph in under five seconds sounded mind-blowing when the Range Rover Sport SVR was announced earlier this year. That was like a rag to a bull for the Bentley engineers though and the manufacturer claims its’ new thoroughbred will sprint the same milestone in just 4.1 seconds. The quoted figures will make it comfortably the fastest of its kind, but not just happy with blowing its main rival out of the water the Bentayga will continue stretching its legs up to a barnstorming 187mph.
Classic exterior styling exhorting its sporty prowess
The design of the Bentayga has been under wraps for a long time, but finally the sculpted bodywork has been unveiled. It takes front end cues from the Continental and Mulsanne featuring the stately front grille synonymous with the marque. Strong lines are evident across the bodywork all the way to a voluptuous back-end. What is clear is that the prominent design purpose is to display a sporty look when on tarmac rather than appear as a rugged off-roader.
Luxury on a new scale inside the cabin
Bentley hasn’t scrimped on the interior quality with an intoxicating mix of wood, metal and leather keeping you neatly cosseted from the outside world. The stunning sewn and hand-cut leather upholstery comes available in a range of options; while the brilliant metal plastered around the cabin is knurled perfectly to be soft and comfortable to the touch. There’s space made for tablets in the back plus ample storage with the ability to add a Mulliner Hamper Set complete with a fridge and cut-glasses for the ultimate picnic.
New tech to boost off-road capability
There’s no secret that the Bentley will most likely be more at home on smooth roads than beating a track across tough terrain. However, the manufacturer has made a concerted push at taking a bite out of Land Rover's off-road dominance by testing the Bentayga in trying conditions across the globe. It boasts a range of tech including Electronic Power Assisted Steering, Dynamic Ride, adaptive suspension, and a range of stability controls that allows you to react to any situation.
The ultimate optional extra if you’re feeling flush
The devil is in the detail when you buy luxury vehicle. The last thing you want is to be sat at a set of traffic lights and see a better spec Bentayga pull up next to you. To avoid such traumatising moments there is the ultimate accessory available in the form of a Breitling clock worth in excess of £100,000. Why so much? Well to put your mind at rest it is the most complex mechanism ever devised, carved from solid gold and is decorated with diamonds.
How much will it set you back?
Are you sitting down? If you are lucky enough to be in the market for a luxury SUV then be prepared to be parting with £160,000+. For this money you do get nigh on a hundred paintwork colour options as well as fifteen leather upholstery combinations. The price bracket puts the Bentayga firmly where it wants to sit at the pinnacle of its segment being more than £20,000 more than its closest rival, the Range Rover SV Autobiography.
Everything points to the fact that Bentley has gone all out to guarantee that the Bentayga revolutionises what we expect from a luxury SUV.