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World's fastest production SUV to be facelifted in line with the standard car but it won't be sold in Europe

Bentley has confirmed that the facelifted Speed variant of its Bentayga SUV will touch down next Wednesday (12 August) and released official images of a camouflaged prototype. 

The outgoing Bentayga Speed is the fastest production SUV on sale, with its 190mph top speed giving it a 0.5mph edge over the Lamborghini Urus. It has only been on sale for around a year but will now be brought into line with the updated standard car, revealed in June

Given how recently the model was added to the range, it is unlikely to receive any substantial mechanical tweaks. That means the current version's 6.0-litre W12 - a tuned variant of that found in the standard car - will be carried over largely unmodified, with a power output of 626bhp and 664lb ft. 

If that's the case, the Bentayga Speed will not go on sale here, following Bentley's decision to retain just the 542bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 for the facelifted SUV in Europe. The standard car will also receive a V6 petrol-electric plug-in hybrid option later this year. 

Despite the prototype's camouflage wrap, it's apparent that the top-rung Bentayga will be marked out by black trim elements and wheels, a quad-exit sports exhaust and subtle front and rear diffusers. As with the current car, a large downforce-enhancing rear wing will also feature.

Inside, the Speed will gain the same upgraded touchscreen-based infotainment system as the standard car, along with extended rear leg room, a digital instrument display and reshaped dashboard. Expected bespoke features include contrast stitching, Speed badging, an illuminated 'Speed' treadplate and Alcantara upholstery.

Pricing and specification details have not yet been announced, but the Speed should go on sale in core US, Middle East and Asian markets later this year, with options including carbon-ceramic brake discs, mood lighting and 22-way adjustable front seats. 

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bol 8 August 2020

Good for Europe

But bad for the poor places that will receive this eyesore. Imagine a whole world that didn't have to look at the revolting Bentayga?

Phewitt21 8 August 2020

Bentayga Speed

I am surprised Bentley won't sell the W12 in Europe, I'm sure emissions are a driver but when the Speed came out the mechanical changes from the non speed W12 were barely noticeable - it's almost as if Speed is now a trim level not a true Bentley Speed.

I hope they bring a V8 with 700hp plus to market for the Speed, a genuine true high performance luxury flagship rather than a tarted up trim level - the chassis is there just needs an engine to be proud of

Peter Cavellini 8 August 2020

Great Car.

 A car for other people, nothing to complain about like the usual posts, Bentley and the like know there market, there serial buyers etc.