New Bentayga Speed takes title of worlds fastest SUV
The race for the fastest car seems to be beyond many manufacturers these days, with specialists and multi million pound cars taking this accolade to ridiculous heights.
However, there are still some areas that are within the realms of some. Bentley Motors has decided to focus its attention on taking the mantle of worlds fastest production SUV, announcing today full details of the fastest Bentayga and this the worlds fastest SUV.
The Bentayga Speed features a 626 bhp version of the renowned 6.0-litre W12 engine that delivers a top speed of 190 mph and 0–62 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Designed, engineered and built in Great Britain, the Bentayga Speed is the most powerful and performance-oriented Bentayga to date. It builds on a long tradition of Speed models, originally born with the Continental GT in 2007 and pushes the boundaries of Bentayga performance further since claiming the production SUV record at the gruelling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last year.
To match the elevated levels of performance, the Bentayga Speed sports a purposeful exterior look. Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts and a rather large tailgate spoiler hint at the SUV’s performance credentials. Dark radiator and bumper grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design available in three finishes and Speed signature badging add to the speeds design cues.
Inside, the Bentayga Speed introduces a new design theme. This includes “elegantly crafted swooshes” as Benltey describes them, around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console; a new contrast stitching on the diamond quilting; discreet Speed badging; a Speed illuminated treadplate signature; and the use of Alcantara materials for the first time in a Bentayga.
As with all Bentaygas, the all-wheel-drive Speed is equipped with Electronic Differential Lock and up to eight Drive Dynamics modes. Bespoke engineering revisions to the Sport mode provide a more dynamic drive, while a greater exhaust character and firmer suspension tune further increase driver engagement.
Customers can personalise the Bentayga Speed to their own requirements with a range of exclusive options. Among them are carbon ceramic brakes, 22-way adjustable front seats with massage function, carbon fibre fascia panels, Bentley rear-seat entertainment (RSE) and mood lighting.
According to the company,the new model takes the Bentayga’s extraordinary abilities to new levels, boosting maximum power from 608 PS in the existing 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged model to 635 PS (626 bhp) and 664 lb.ft of torque.
With stunning performance for a car of its size and comfort, maximum speed is also increased from 187 mph to 190 mph, while the 0-62 mph acceleration time is reduced from 4.1 seconds to 3.9 seconds.
The Speed is equipped with four on-road Drive Dynamics modes: Comfort at one extreme, and Bentley and Sport at the other, with Custom for customers who opt to create their own driving set-up.
Uniquely in the Speed, the Sport mode has been recalibrated to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride. The effect is a more dynamic and engaging drive.
Bentley Dynamic Ride is the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. This system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling.
A tuned exhaust character during start up and gear downshifts combines with a firmer suspension set-up to further enhance the driver experience. The Bentayga’s permanent all-wheel drive offers class-leading handling and go-anywhere ability, while powerful ceramic brakes are also an option.
The Bentayga Speed’s ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, with a maximum braking toque of 6,000 Nm and engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1,000 °C. They also save more than 20 kg over the standard equivalents.