With a claimed top speed of 187 mph, Bentley boasts that the Bentayga is the fastest SUV in the world. The claim is made possible by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 that makes a mighty 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque; an eight-speed automatic drives all four wheels. The interior can be configured to seat four or five; only the finest leather will cosset those lucky posteriors. Diesel and hybrid powertrains will be offered in the future; the Bentayga goes on sale in early 2016.
Tarted-up controls or not, from the driver’s seat, the whole experience is Audi Q7. That is a huge compliment to both the Q7 and the Bentayga. The Q7 is, after all, in the running for the Best SUV in the World—had it been present at last year’s SUV of the Year testing, it may well have knocked the winning Volvo XC90 aside. To wit, the Bentayga is wonderfully quiet inside. The view outside is expansive, and the driving position is perfect. Its ergonomics are first-rate, augmented by a spectacular Naim stereo system, a clear head-up display, and clear analog gauges that feel far more special than the Q7’s all-digital setup. The crisp screen between the speedometer and tachometer provides multiple displays, including the nerdtastic infrared night vision cameras.
From Car and Driver:
With its (relatively) low mass for a Bentley, the Bentayga is kind of spectacular to drive. The damping of the multilink front and rear suspensions is exemplary. Even over the extreme speed bumps peppered throughout the hamlets of southern Spain, the most massive of wheel displacements are forgotten in a single, gentle compression and rebound of the suspension. The electric power steering is weighty and direct, although it doesn’t enjoy a ton of feel. But by SUV standards, it’s excellent. As are the brakes. The pedal is firm and progressive, and even barreling down the twisting switchbacks of the Sierra Blanca mountains, there was never a hint of fade.
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