Despite its exceptionally high power and torque outputs and a kerb weight that wouldn’t be unprecedented among lesser SUVs, the Bentayga isn’t the fastest luxury 4x4 we’ve figured.
With peerless performance being one of the pillars on which the car’s market positioning is built, that fact can’t and won’t be ignored when we decide how many road test stars to hand out.
However, when you’re at the car’s wheel, it also hardly seems to matter, because Bentley has covered the still-huge and effortless performance that the car does offer with such a thick, silken blanket of refinement that it strikes you as a quite wonderfully endowed, unique car in any case.
A glance at the foot of this page will reveal by how much the current Cayenne Turbo S would outsprint the Bentayga – and it’ll do so well into three-figure speeds. A Range Rover Sport SVR would likewise get its nose in front and keep it there.
But both of those rivals are much more aggressive, uncompromising machines than the Bentley – the Porsche in particular slamming its full-bore gearchanges through the driveline with all the subtlety of a rough-edged Dakar rally special.