Bentley, the elite British manufacturer, doesn't require any formal introduction. Whenever luxury and elegance in automotive is mentioned, this name is among the firsts to be taken. In its close to one century of existence, Bentley has never disappointed its customers and auto critics and has always come up with drives which can surpass the imagination in terms of advanced mechanics and sumptuousness. Talking about the first ever SUV from this British house – the Bentley Bentayga, it carries the same DNA with pride and is packed with aspects as well as technology which has sealed the lips of all of its competitors. The luxurious SUV is an all-wheel drive and uses the MLB platform designed and developed by Volkswagen Group for enhanced efficiency and safety. Bentayga is based on the Bentley EXP 9 F concept which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 and has borrowed key aspects from the same. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 for the first time, Bentayga was put into production in November 2015 and is ready to excite the drivers and spectators.
The contemporary styling of Bentley Bentayga is complemented by a highly efficient humongous 6.0-litre W12 engine. This sole Twin Turbo TSI with Variable Displacement power-unit easily knocks out a peak power counting to 608 PS between 5000 and 6000 rpm along 900 Nm of thrilling torque at 1350 rpm. This engine can effortlessly accelerate from naught to 100 kmph in just 4.1 seconds with a top speed counting to 301 kmph. This MPFI powertrain is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission for this power packed performance and efficiency. The fuel efficiency observed in this SUV is 11 kmpl in combined driveways which is pretty decent in its class.
The epitome of luxury, Bentley has been creating drives which have an impression of royalty throughout its existence. Putting the same charm in Bentayga, the manufacturer has given a big and broad front radiator grille with traditional quad Bentley headlights creating a spellbinding fascia for the car. Borrowing the styling cues from EXP 9 F concept, the new Bentayga looks like a robust SUV loaded with luxury even from a distance. Not only the front, the rear profile is also packed with similar impressive features including dual exhaust pipes and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. The crisp flowing lines on the entire exterior gives a distinctive appearance to this drive making its stance strong and attractive. The optimized aerodynamics enhances the stability while taking this drive off-road and on higher speeds. Adding more to the beauty of this SUV are the sloping roofline and 20-inch alloy wheels while the overall dimensions count to 5141 mm x 2223 mm x 1742 mm (L X W X H) along with the wheelbase measuring 2992 mm.
Bentley is one auto brand which has an extreme focus on packing its drives with sumptuousness and Bentayga is no exception indeed. Sliding inside the beautifully crafted cabin of this SUV, it speaks of royalty and luxury for which Bentley is known. The interior is designed with all time classic metal, wood and leather elements to give a premium feel. While the seats are wrapped with comfortable and premium upholstery, other features like head-up display, night vision mode, chrome-plated gear lever, leather wrapped steering and sporty gear paddles. The intelligently crafted dash of this drive has digital multi-function instrument cluster with all the amenities required for a comfortable drive. The moonroof allowed in this drive not only add more value to the aesthetics but also allows the daylight and occupants to enjoy the outside beauty. Bentayga has ample seating space for its passengers and also for a decent boot space to pack their luggage. With all the comfort and luxury, Bentayga also offers an advanced entertainment facility comprising Naim audio system with 1800 watt amplifier and 18 speakers that are segregated as 9 combined mid-range and tweeters. A 300-watt subwoofer, navigation system and touchscreen also come as standard features in the Bentley Bentayga SUV.
Bentley Bentayga is a beautifully crafted ferocious SUV which needs to be controlled and to keep this vehicle in absolute control, advanced safety features have been plotted within. The power packed car has arrived with aspects compatible to the mechanics of this drive. The front wheels are packed with disc brakes while the rear pair has got drum brakes. Furthermore, Bentayga has Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which ensure control in crucial driving situations. The Air Suspension along with Continuous Damping Control, steering with alternative gearbox tuning, 4 height settings, hydraulic rear axle bearings, dampers, and struts allow you to feel the thrill which only Bentayga can offer. Other safety features packed in this SUV are lane departure warning system, rear & front parking sensors, and automatic high beams which altogether make the driving convenient and safe.
Bentley Bentayga is not only the fastest and most luxurious in its fleet but also among its class. This first-ever SUV by Bentley is surely an expensive drive but truly shows its worth when it comes to aspects, luxury and performance. If you are ready to spend a whopping amount on a highly luxurious and performance-centric drive, this should be your first choice.