If you’re rich and the only thing you haven’t been able to buy is a super luxury, super expensive SUV, then we have some good news for you. Enter stage left the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, which is not only Bentley’s first production SUV, but also the fastest and most powerful one on the planet, set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Interesting name, it comes from a rock formation on the island of Gran Canaria, and interesting looks in a weird sort of way, but what’s really interesting is the numbers. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 6-litre W12 engine producing 600 hp and 663 ft- lb of torque sufficient to push the 5,400-pound SUV from zero to 60mph in a mere 4 seconds. A top speed of 187 mph makes it the fastest SUV ever, that is, until something faster comes along.
The Bentley offers 8 selectable drive modes, four for on-road (Comfort, Bentley, Sport and Custom) and, with the available All-Terrain Specification, four off-road settings (Mud/Trail; Sand; Dirt/Gravel/Snow; and Ice/Wet Grass). Wet Grass would be the one you use for those trips to the polo matches.
According to my wife I am slightly color blind, I never know if the shirt is green or brown. In the case of placing an order for the new Bentley I would have to defer to her as there are 15 color choices for the Bentayga’s interior leather — from hand selected cows no less. Add to that, the carpeting comes in 15 colors as well. 7 different wood species are available for the interior veneer, all hand finished by Bentley craftsmen.
The individual rear seats offer 18 possible adjustments including a six-program massage function, heating and ventilation, and footrests, for the weary passenger.
The Bentley is packed with tech too. The Bentayga’s navigation and infotainment system offers 30 languages and uses an eight-inch touchscreen display and a 60-gigabyte hard drive. While you are relaxing in the back you can wake yourself up with the Bentayga’s 18-speaker Naim for Bentley Premium Audio system with 1900 watts of power.
How Much Is It?
The Bentayga’s starting price in the UK is 160,200 in pounds which translates about $246,000.