2016 bentayga – 11 wo
In 2015, Bentley launched the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world with the reveal of the Bentayga at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The entire production volume for 2016 rapidly sold out in advance.
A Sector-defining SUV
The Bentayga combined the design, craftsmanship and luxury of a Crewe-built Bentley with outstanding performance and versatility, meeting the needs of a new global audience for the company. Named after a peak in Gran Canaria, it was powered by an all-new twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 TSI. This evolution of the Bentley W12 featured both direct and indirect fuel injection; it developed 600bhp (608PS) maximum power at 6,000rpm and 900Nm of torque from 1,250 to 4,500rpm. The sprint from 0-62mph took 4.1 seconds and with its top speed of 187mph (301 km/h) the Bentayga was then the world’s fastest and most powerful production SUV. With all-wheel drive and a choice of eight drive modes it proved as capable off-road as on metalled highway, and the electrically activated 48V active anti-roll control – a world-first - delivered remarkable poise under cornering. Four ride heights were selectable.
With its four floating LED headlamps flanking the familiar matrix grille, the new SUV was instantly recognisable as a Bentley. In profile, the sharp Bentley power line and muscular rear haunch echoed that of its coupé stablemates. To achieve this in a single aluminium panel called for the largest single-piece automotive pressing in the world at the time. Inside, the dashboard took the iconic Bentley ‘wing’ design as its inspiration, with impeccably finished surfaces sweeping from one door to the other around the instrument binnacles and centre console.
The Heritage Collection Bentayga was the first production model off the line at Crewe and carries chassis number 00001. It is finished in Anthracite with Linen hide upholstery and Beluga secondary hide. It was built in a five-seat configuration and has the City, Sunshine and Touring option packages as well as the optional Naim for Bentley sound system.
|2016-present; this model 2016
|1st generation: 19,781
|Four-door, five seat SUV
|5,950 cc twin-turbocharged W12 TSI; Two parallel twin-scroll turbochargers, direct intercooling; 10.5:1; Combined port and direct injection; 4x overhead camshafts, dual cam phasing, 48 valves; Cylinder deactivation
|600 bhp @ 6,000 rpm, 900 Nm @ 1,500 rpm
|Permanent four-wheel drive with eight-speed automatic transmission and a choice of eight drive modes including offroad
|Steel and aluminium unibody construction; Self-levelling air suspension. Front; four link double wishbones, opt. 48V electric active anti-roll bar. Rear; trapezoidal multi-link, optional 48V electric active anti-roll bar
|Wheelbase 2,992 mm; width; 1,998 mm; length 5,141 mm. 2,440 kg
|Maximum speed 187 mph (301 kph); 0-100 kph (62 mph) 4.1 sec