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Top-rung SUV adopts new styling and tech, but keeps its W12 motor and won't come to Europe
Felix Page Autocar writer
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12 August 2020

Bentley has updated the top-rung Speed variant of its Bentayga SUV in line with the facelifted standard car, bringing new styling, a revamped interior and efficiency-boosting powertrain technology. 

As before, the Bentayga Speed calls on a 6.0-litre W12 producing 626bhp and 664lb ft to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.9sec and on to a top speed of 190mph - making it the world’s fastest SUV. Retaining its motor means it won’t be sold in the UK, with Bentley choosing instead to send it to “regions where demand for 12-cylinder SUVs remains strong”, including the US, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. 

Although power output remains unchanged, new cylinder-deactivation technology is claimed to bring “significant economy gains under part-throttle cruising conditions” as well as reducing CO2 emissions. The ECU deactivates six cylinders at a time, where possible, and alternates between the two to avoid them cooling down, which would make them less efficient. 

Additionally, the SUV now offers a coasting functionality, which disconnects the engine from the gearbox at cruising speed to minimise fuel consumption. 

Four driving modes are available: Comfort, Sport, Custom and Bentley - tuned to the recommendations of Bentley’s engineers. Sport mode has been recalibrated to improve throttle response and gearshifts, which Bentley says gives “a more dynamic and engaging drive”.

Like the standard Bentayga, the Speed adopts Bentley’s new 48V electronic active roll control system, which aims to ensure the car corners flat, with maximum contact between the tyres and the road. It works alongside a recalibrated torque-vectoring system to improve responsiveness and turn-in performance. 

A set of optional carbon-ceramic brake discs are the largest Bentley makes, giving 6000Nm of stopping force and capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1000deg C. 

Styling has been tweaked in line with the fresh-faced V8 Bentayga, which is now more obviously related to the Flying Spur and Continental GT courtesy of elliptical light designs, a large ‘matrix’ grille and clamshell bonnet. The Speed is marked out by tinted headlights, dark trim details, a bespoke bodykit, 22in wheels and a larger spoiler than the standard car.

An optional Black Specification styling package replaces all chrome trim elements with chrome or carbonfibre items, including the front splitter, side sills, wheels and rear diffuser.

The cabin is largely identical to that of the standard Bentayga, but features optional Alcantara upholstery, brightly coloured contrasting accents throughout and ‘Speed’ scripts on the seats. 

Elsewhere, the Speed adopts the Bentayga’s new 10.9in central touchscreen, upgraded infotainment system, smartphone compatibility functionality and a digital instrument display. An inbuilt sim card means drivers and passengers can access an array of online services without connecting a phone. 

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12 August 2020

I like this car. Really one of the fastest car i ever know

12 August 2020

It looks like this:

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12 August 2020
jason_recliner wrote:

It looks like this:

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You reckon? I think theyre easily the best looking part of the whole car. Which is pretty easy considering what an ugly, ill-proportioned mess it is.

12 August 2020
typos1 wrote:

jason_recliner wrote:

It looks like this:

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You reckon? I think theyre easily the best looking part of the whole car. Which is pretty easy considering what an ugly, ill-proportioned mess it is.

I just don't think they match the rest of that hideous monstrosity.  In that sense, I suppose they ARE the best feature of the car.  But I feel like they're better suited to a A110 or similar. 

12 August 2020
From the side and rear it's ok, the front is horrible, the dbx has it soundly beaten for looks, in my opinion.

12 August 2020

isnt the Lister Stealth LFP the worlds fastest SUV with a 200mph+ top speed?  

12 August 2020
Citytiger wrote:

isnt the Lister Stealth LFP the worlds fastest SUV with a 200mph+ top speed?  

There are probably are plenty of custom shops and back street tuners with no dealer networks all around the globe making faster SUVs, or claiming to make faster SUVs, than the Bentayga but none of them are volume manufacturers in the real sense so they don't count. So no, the Lister isn't. 

12 August 2020
Folsom wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

isnt the Lister Stealth LFP the worlds fastest SUV with a 200mph+ top speed?  

There are probably are plenty of custom shops and back street tuners with no dealer networks all around the globe making faster SUVs, or claiming to make faster SUVs, than the Bentayga but none of them are volume manufacturers in the real sense so they don't count. So no, the Lister isn't. 

You do realise that Lister isnt a backstreet tuning shop dont you.. They may not have a global dealer network, but they have a long tradition of producing race winning performance vehicles, and to be fair, the Bentayga is basically an Audi Q7 in a posh frock, so effectively that makes Bentley an expensive custom tuning shop, so it doesnt count either by your argument.  

12 August 2020

The ugliest flying breeze block in the world. Arabs and football morons queque here... Lol

 

12 August 2020

It could be the car in the next National Lampoons Vacation movie!!!

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