£136,200 petrol V8-engined Bentayga sits between W12 and V8 diesel models in terms of performance and price

Bentley has revealed the Bentayga V8, the petrol-engined equal to the Bentayga Diesel, sitting below the W12-engined model. 

The V8 sits almost directly between the two existing Bentayga variants. Its 4.0-litre V8 makes 542bhp and 568lb ft, affording a 0-62mph of 4.5sec. This unit is shared with the Porsche Panamera Turbo and also set to feature in the new Bentley Continental GT

The Bentayga V8's top speed is 180mph, which is 12mph higher than the diesel and 7mph down on the W12. Despite the performance sitting between the two variants, the price of the V8 petrol Bentayga is £136,200 - just £400 more than the diesel.

The differing market demands for the V8 diesel and V8 petrol mean that sales volumes of the diesel are unlikely to be affected, despite the petrol’s greater performance and similar price.

The Bentayga V8's 2395kg kerb weight to the Diesel’s 2506 and the W12’s 2440kg means that efficiency is up, too, with stop-start technology contributing to claimed average fuel economy of 24.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 260g/km to the other cars’ respective 35.8mpg and 210g/km and 21.6mpg and 296g/km.

Another fuel-saving measure is the V8’s cylinder shut-off technology, which effectively makes it a four-cylinder motor in certain circumstances. 

Externally, the new model is largely unchanged from the full-fat W12 Bentayga, although red-painted front brake callipers are a subtle hint at the car’s new engine. There’s a new 22in alloy wheel design, too, and the V8 gets altered front grille and tail-pipe designs.

Brakes can also be optionally uprated, with the carbon-ceramic set-up taking the title of the world’s largest front brakes on any production model, with 440mm (17.3in) discs at the front. The rears are 370mm (14.6in) units, and together, Bentley claims, they combine for 4425lb ft of stopping force. Option prices are not yet finalised, but this is likely to command a low-five-figure premium.

On the inside, a new wood and leather steering wheel features, as does a gloss carbonfibre trim finish for the doors, centre console and dashboard fascia. In addition, a new leather colour is available: chestnut-coloured ‘Cricket ball’. These features will be rolled out across the Bentayga range after being launched on the V8. 

The Bentayga V8 will be delivered to customers from the end of March. It won’t be the smallest-capacity variant for long, however; a hybrid Bentayga with the same 410bhp 3.0-litre petrol V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is due later this year.

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12 January 2018

That front end is unforgivable.

12 January 2018

I saw one last year and I have to say it wasn’t refreshing, I am fed up seeing RR and Evoque’s and Velars, and discovery’s, the Bentayga is different much more impressive,and, I do hope the two Door RR doesn’t happen because it kind of dilutes the brand, it’s like creating a need rather than filling a need, I mean who needs a two Door RR....?

Peter Cavellini.

12 January 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

I saw one last year and I have to say it was refreshing, I am fed up seeing RR and Evoque’s and Velars, and discovery’s, the Bentayga is different much more impressive,and, I do hope the two Door RR doesn’t happen because it kind of dilutes the brand, it’s like creating a need rather than filling a need, I mean who needs a two Door RR....?

Peter Cavellini.

12 January 2018

How this thing ever got signed off is beyond me.

 

Why the hell hasnt someone used cylinder shut off tech on a diesel ? - it would reduce emission and cut consumption.

XXXX just went POP.

12 January 2018

This comes close to being an attractive vehicle, or at least, as attractive as a luxury truck is likely to be, but when in doubt about the final stying touches Bentley couldn't resist the temptation to tip over from good taste into ostentation and spoil the effect.

Also, Bentley usually do lights well, but those red dots are silly.

14 January 2018

No point - diesels are inherently very efficient on light loads, so the advantage would be minimal. Plus any additional vibration resulting from cylinders being disabled is just what a diesel doesn't need. 

bol

12 January 2018

said no one ever about this revolting tossermobile

12 January 2018
bol wrote:

said no one ever about this revolting tossermobile

 

How's yours?


bol

13 January 2018
Winston Churchill wrote:

bol wrote:

said no one ever about this revolting tossermobile

 

How's yours?

Coming along nicely thanks. 

13 January 2018

...with that lumpy disproportion of the overhangs, let along the horrific grille/lights combination? Not in a million years.

It is just another confirmation of the sheer fact that its hyper-rich buyers have (much) more money than brains. Or taste.

-- Old fart with petrol in veins, so off the e-cars grid literally --

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