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2017 Bentley Bentayga

2017 Bentley Bentayga
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  • Bentley Bentayga
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    W-12(Est.)
  • Transmission:
    ZF eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    600 @ 5250 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    664 @ 1250
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.0 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    187 mph
  • Price:
    229100 (Est.)
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The company’s first-ever SUV!

Even though it has a history spanning almost a century, and some of its earlier models were nicknamed by Ettore Bugatti as "the world’s fastest lorries," Bentley has never manufactured an SUV. Its Continental GT lineup is almost exclusively all-wheel-drive, but far from meeting the criteria for being called an SUV. Those three letters have actually given nightmares to traditional Bentley enthusiasts since 2015, when Bentley officially announced that it will launch a full-size SUV called the Bentayga by the end of the year. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show just around the corner, the Bentayga is finally here to brag about being the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive SUV in the world.

With the luxury carmaker being all about sales nowadays, and the Bentayga already amassing 4,000 pre-orders, the SUV is bound to be a sales success despite what the old-school Bentley fans want or believe. Based on the same platform as the new 2016 Audi Q7, the model is also the first Bentley powered by a diesel engine and a hybrid drivetrain, but more on that as you read the following review.

Updated 12/18/2015: Bentley dropped a new video in which it highlights the making of its latest Bentayga luxury SUV. Hit play to learn how "extraordinary people build extraordinary cars."

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The Worlds Best Super SUVs

The Worlds Best Super SUVs

You’re going to be spoiled for choices whenever you hit up the market for one

The term “super SUV” is relatively new in the automotive lexicon, but its use has exploded in popularity with the rush of high-end models that have filled its ranks. From the Bentley Bentayga to the Lamborghini Urus, we’ve seen no shortage of super SUVs hit the market in recent years. Super SUVs are the most extravagant breed of SUVs you can find on the market. They have interiors that can rival those that are found in luxury cars, and they have performance capabilities that border on supercar levels. They also have premium price tags, something that we should expect given their status. This is our list of the best super SUVs in the market today, and, who knows, you might end up in the market for one sooner than you think.

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Bentley Bentayga smashes SUV record at Pikes Peak

Bentley Bentayga smashes SUV record at Pikes Peak

And that too by a good two-minute gap!

Just a few weeks after the Bentley announced that it was working on a Bentayga Speed, the Bentayga is in the news again; this time for smashing the record for a production SUV at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Bentley has been on fire lately with the Bentayga, and it looks like the Bentayga is starting to show who the real monster is!

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Bentley's Drinking the SUV Kool-Aid as Plans For a Coupe-SUV Gains Ground

Bentley’s Drinking the SUV Kool-Aid as Plans For a Coupe-SUV Gains Ground

This was to be expected, especially given the popularity of SUVs these days

The success of the Bentayga SUV has empowered Bentley to add a new member to its SUV lineup. The new model is tentatively called “Bentayga Sport,” and rumors have surfaced that it’s going to take the form of a coupe-SUV to complement the more traditional SUV-looking Bentyaga. If the British automaker’s plans go as scheduled, the Bentayga Sport could be break cover as early as 2019.

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There's a Bentley Bentayga Speed on the Way with "Big" Design Changes

There’s a Bentley Bentayga Speed on the Way with "Big" Design Changes

The Bentayga is all set to capture its lost glory with the ’Speed’

Every premium automaker has a luxury SUV in its line-up today. There’s the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the Lamborghini Urus, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Bentley Bentayga, to name a few. This segment is in great demand, and every manufacturer is tirelessly trying to outdo each other by introducing various engine options and what not. This time, Bentley is developing a faster Bentayga, called the Bentayga Speed. This SUV will not just be faster on the road; it’s also set to feature some big design changes.

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Comparison: 2018 Bentley Bentayga vs 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Comparison: 2018 Bentley Bentayga vs 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Comparing the world’s most expensive SUVs!

Premium SUVs have been around for quite some time now. Many claim that the first luxury hauler arrived in 1984 as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, but the modern era began in 1999 when BMW introduced the X5. In 2016, Bentley reshaped the segment with the Bentayga, the first full-blown luxury SUV that gathered fine upholstery, state-of-the-art tech, fancy features, and high-performance under one roof. At the time of its launch, it was the quickest, fastest, and the most expensive SUV. Two years have passed and Rolls-Royce delivered its first people hauler, just like it promised a few years back. It’s called the Cullinan, and although it’s not faster than the Bentayga, it’s definitely the more expensive choice.

While the premium segment is packed with SUVs from European, American, and Japanese automakers, the range-topping luxury market is still very small. With no other products around, Bentley and Rolls-Royce are the only firms fighting for supremacy here. The Cullinan and the Bentayga will go against each other for the richest, most pretentious customers out there for years to come. Who will win? It’s hard to predict at this point, but we set up a thorough comparison for the most luxurious SUVs ever built as of 2018.

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The Bentley Bentayga Now Comes with the Tiniest Little Biometric Safe

The Bentley Bentayga Now Comes with the Tiniest Little Biometric Safe

It’s safe, secure, and sophisticated

As if the Bentley Bentayga isn’t opulent enough on its own, Bentley is throwing in a new feature that’s going to help owners keep their valuables in a secure location. Courtesy of the Mulliner personalization division, Bentayga owners can now avail of a biometric stowage space in the SUV’s center console that can only be opened through capacitive fingerprint sensor technology. Fingerprint technology on the Bentayga? All in a day’s work for Mulliner.

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The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid gets a New V-6, Electric Motor, and 31 Miles of EV Range

The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid gets a New V-6, Electric Motor, and 31 Miles of EV Range

Bentley thinks the 31 all-electric miles are impressive

Just a few years ago Bentley introduced the Bentayga SUV, essentially an ultra-luxurious Audi Q7 with the look of a Continental GT on the outside. The model was Bentley’s first SUV, and now the brand is ushering in its electric future with the Bentayga Hybrid – all the good looks and luxurious interior with a V-6 and an electric motor hidden under the metal. It’s good for 31 miles in EV mode and takes on a few other changes, as necessary, to facilitate its electric nature. It debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, but we’re getting an early look at all the finer points.

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Is There Room in the World for a Bentley Bentayga Pickup?

Is There Room in the World for a Bentley Bentayga Pickup?

Dear Lord, I hope not

The days of automakers touting their purist roots are now over. The was a time when companies like Bentley and Lamborghini laughed at the thought of launching their own SUVs. Now, the Bentayga and Urus are out on the market. The shift in ideologies has given rise to models that we never thought would exist. Using that newfound rationale, what do you think is the likelihood that Bentley greenlights its own pickup?

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Bentley Adds More Flavor To Its Lineup With A V-8 Bentayga

Bentley Adds More Flavor To Its Lineup With A V-8 Bentayga

Four fewer cylinders, still plenty potent

Lovers of the opulent, over-the-top Bentley Bentayga have reason to get excited, as the British automaker just announced it would expand the nameplate’s offerings with a new V-8 model. While slightly down on power compared to the previous 12-cylinder variant, the new Bentayga V8 still comes brimming with luxury, technology, and impressive speed.

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Bentley to Bring a Plug-In Bentayga to the Geneva Auto Show

Bentley to Bring a Plug-In Bentayga to the Geneva Auto Show

British automaker officially makes leap into the world of hybrid SUVs

Bentley is all set to debut the plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga SUV at the Geneva Motor Show, making good on its goal of introducing electrified vehicles into its lineup. The plug-in hybrid Bentayga is the first model of its kind for Bentley, which has come a long way from its core identity as a purveyor of luxury automobiles. This specific version of the SUV adds to a growing number of variants attached to the Bentayga name. Since making its debut in 2015, Bentley’s SUV has increased its number of available models to include a range-topping W12, a 4.0-liter diesel V-8, and now, a plug-in hybrid.

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Best New SUVs That Debuted in 2017

Best New SUVs That Debuted in 2017

A look back at a milestone year

2017 has been an amazing year for the automobile. Sales have increased across the board, high-performance models are quicker and faster than ever, off-roaders are more capable than before, and a slew of new models have hit the streets. That’s what we’re looking at here: the all-new vehicles the debuted in 2017. But more specifically, we’re looking at the crossovers and SUVs that made their initial splash into the fastest-growing segment in the industry.

Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that practically dozens of SUVs and crossovers were revamped in 2017. Models like the Jeep Wrangler JL, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-3, and plenty more were made new again. But these are familiar nameplates. This go-round, we’re focusing on completely new models.

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Rolls-Royce Takes Shots At Bentley Bentayga, Essentially Calls It A Rebadged Model

Rolls-Royce Takes Shots At Bentley Bentayga, Essentially Calls It A Rebadged Model

The rivalry heats up between the two former stablemates

The rivalry between Rolls-Royce and Bentley is real and if anybody still doesn’t see it that way, Rolls CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes’ recent comments about the Bentley Bentayga has made it abundantly clear that there’s still no love lost between the two former stablemates. Speaking with Auto News Europe about the upcoming launch of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV, or “all-terrain, high-sided vehicle” as Rolls would like everyone to call it, Mueller-Oetvoes emphasized that the Cullinan will not use “mass-manufactured body shell,” unlike a certain model that he essentially described as a “camouflaged Audi Q7.”

You don’t need to be an expert in the acrimonious history between the two brands to know that Mueller-Oetvoes is referring to the Bentayga, which uses the same MLB Evo architecture that can be found underpinning the aforementioned Q7, as well as the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. Apparently, Mueller-Oetvoes believes that the approach of platform sharing limits what can be done on the design end of the SUV, which in turn “undermines exclusivity.” For its part, the Cullinan won’t have that problem because it will be riding on the luxury brand’s new “Architecture of Luxury,” a scalable, aluminum space frame platform that was designed specifically to accommodate Rolls-Royce models. The all-new Phantom is the first model to make use of the architecture though it also won’t be the last since the Cullinan, as well as next-gen models of the Ghost, Dawn, and Wraith, will all make use of it at some point.

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Bentley Wants More One-Off Models In The Future

Bentley Wants More One-Off Models In The Future

Prepare yourselves for a lot more of Mulliner

Just when it started to feel like we’d never run out of limited edition and one-off Bentley models, no less than the company’s own design chief Stefan Sielaff has come out saying that we should prepare ourselves for such a future. Apparently, “exploring more one-off, bespoke vehicles” is one of Sielaff’s primary goals now that he’s been named the man in charge of Bentley’s Mulliner division. In his own words, Sielaff said that he wants to “explore” more of these models, where the “only limitation is the imagination of the customer.”

Those who love them some limited-edition and one-off Bentleys should be thrilled about this declaration, in part because of how Mulliner has legitimately positioned itself as one of the best personalization divisions of any automaker in the business today. Recent releases like its collaboration with Bamford show what Mulliner is capable of, even though it has rarely ventured into the world of complete stand-alone one-off models the way brands like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and most notably, Lamborghini have in the past. But there’s still time to change that narrative and it appears that time has come for Bentley. We’ve seen what Mulliner can do by stamping its identity on existing Bentley models. Now we’re about to see what it’s made of when it’s given a blank slate and the opportunity to create something entirely unique from it.

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2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid

2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid

The firm’s first-ever hybrid vehicle is almost here!

Introduced in late 2015, the Bentayga is Bentley’s first-ever SUV. It’s also the most expensive and luxurious, factory-built SUV in the world as of 2017, as well as the quickest to 60 mph and the fastest in terms of top speed thanks to its brand-new, 600-horsepower W-12 engine. In 2016, the Bentayga also became the first Bentley to use a diesel engine, something that seemed incredible a few years back. Come 2017, and the rumors that the British firm is also working on a hybrid drivetrain for the SUV have been confirmed by a new prototype that was spotted testing in the wild.

Sporting an additional "fuel" cap, this test car was also registered with the British licensing agency as a hybrid vehicle, so there’s no doubt that Bentley is indeed stepping into the electrified territory. What’s still a mystery is the drivetrain, although I’m very positive that the electric motor is paired to a Porsche-sourced V-6 gasoline engine. There’s no word as to when it will break cover, but it’s safe to assume that Bentley’s first hybrid will show itself to the world by the end of 2017. Most likely it will happen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner

Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner

For those who prefer to satisfy the competitive itch of falconry in style and luxury

In its long and storied history, falconry has evolved from being an integral hunting method to an actual sport among the affluent. The practice itself dates back thousands of years and it’s still very much alive today. In a lot of ways, the sport of falconry and British luxury automaker Bentley fall into the same social and economic spheres populated by the elite. So, it wasn’t a shock when Bentley’s Mulliner personalization division turned to falconry for its next creation. This here then is the Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner.

The one-off creation pays tribute to a sport that’s defined for its exclusivity and the perceptions attached to it. Falconry isn’t a sport for everyone, and just the same, the Bentayga Falconry isn’t for everyone either. I imagine those who don’t engage in the sport or the hunt will have very little use for the master flight station sitting in the trunk of the luxury SUV or the actual perches that come as part of the whole Mulliner falconry experience. If they do find use for these things, they’re a lot more creative than I imagined them to be. But for those who do participate in falconry, Mulliner’s creation serves as the perfect companion for an expedition. It also helps that Bentley used the Bentayga SUV for this project, because as awesome as the Mulsanne and Continental models are, I don’t expect them to be completely in their element in the heart of the desert where the sport is usually “played.”

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Bentley Wants More Variants For Its Bentayga SUV

Bentley Wants More Variants For Its Bentayga SUV

Talk about a major about-face

As if being one of the fastest and most powerful SUVs in the market isn’t enough, Bentley is now considering giving its rivals even more reason to be worried about the Bentayga’s rising stock in the premium SUV segment. That or the company is simply looking to stay ahead of the curve as rival SUVs from Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce hit the market soon. Either way, the British luxury brand is looking at diversifying the Bentayga lineup by adding more variety to it with new variants that can bolster the company’s existing offerings.

Word of this development comes directly from the top of Bentley’s management chain as no less than CEO Wolfgang Durheimer told Autocar that derivatives of the Bentayga are important in ensuring that the company continues to offer a wide variety of models for its clientele ahead of the respective arrivals of the Lamborghini Urus and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Among the variants being discussed is a coupe SUV version of the Bentayga, which could position itself as a more premium alternative to the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. A more powerful GT3 R version is also reportedly being considered to beef up the company’s GT family that’s currently being occupied by the Continental. If these variants do get the green light, don’t expect them to hit the market anytime soon. A likely timetable would be 2022 before we see these new Bentayga variants.

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2017 Bentley Bentayga Mulliner

2017 Bentley Bentayga Mulliner

Like adding a helicopter landing pad to your yacht

British-based luxury automaker Bentley first introduced its Bentayga SUV in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with production ramping up in November of that same year. As the brand’s first-ever SUV, the launch of the Bentayga was anything but timid. Bentley frames the Bentayga as the most luxurious, fastest, and most expensive SUV in the world. Indeed, in this segment, it takes a lot to stand out, but even when the vehicle in question is drenched in luxury and speed and totes an asking price approaching a quarter-million dollars, some customers simply need more. Enter Mulliner, Bentley’s self-described “in-house personal commissioning division,” which was called upon to add bespoke touches and even more opulence to the already-over-the-top SUV. Just how indulgent did Mulliner get? Here are some highlights – new color schemes for the interior and exterior, hand-stitched embroidery for the seats, an onboard refrigerator, crystal champagne flutes, custom china cutlery, and a solid gold clock studded with diamonds. Yep, it’s that kind of SUV.

While certainly eye-raising to most, this list of upgrades is pretty much on par with other custom Bentleys we’ve seen in the past. But of course, the British brand is happy to pull heavily from its list of superlatives when describing this thing, with phrases like “the ultimate luxury SUV” setting the tone. Basically, the Bentayga Mulliner is Bentley’s new flagship utility vehicle, slated as the “most exquisitely appointed luxury SUV ever created,” something that “will appeal to owners searching for the pinnacle of go-anywhere motoring, with the finest performance and comfort.”

Again – you gotta be bold when playing for the top of the heap. Read on for the details on why Bentley thinks this is the best that money can buy.

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2017 Bentley Bentayga Gigante by DMC

2017 Bentley Bentayga Gigante by DMC

German tuner has a mighty tuning kit for Bentley’s latest crown jewel

The Bentley Bentayga is slowly but surely making an impression in the tuning scene. The high-performance luxury SUV only made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and we’re now seeing aftermarket companies unveiling their tuning kits for the Bentayga. Mansory got the ball rolling at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show and DMC has just followed suit with the “Gigante” program that helps enhance the Bentayga’s output to 700 horsepower and 778 pound-feet of torque.

The “Gigante” name is pretty self-explanatory when you take into account the number of modifications DMC made to the body and engine of the Bentayga. In fact, if you go back to Mansory’s own program for the SUV, you’ll see plenty of similarities as far as the scope of the upgrades are concerned. There are exterior changes, interior upgrades, and engine enhancements. Even better, these modifications aren’t extravagant to the point that they take away from the Bentayga’s own luxury characteristics.

That’s not only a testament to the ingenuity of DMC and Mansory, but also to Bentley for creating a product that has proven to be worth all the hype it has received.

Soon enough, we’re going to see more tuners develop kits for the Bentley Bentayga. That’s not a question of “if,” but “when.” For now though, Mansory and DMC headline the list of tuners with existing programs and the latter’s Gigante kit for the SUV appears to have all the tools to be worth the look, that is if you’re looking to get more out of the Bentayga than what it already has.

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2017 Bentley Bentayga by Mansory

2017 Bentley Bentayga by Mansory

German tuner gives the Bentayga more muscle

German tuner Mansory is making the trip to Las Vegas in November, and it’s not going there to take in a Cirque de Soleil show. Instead, it’s headed to the 2016 SEMA show and it’s bringing with it it’s latest tuning masterclass, one specifically developed for the Bentley Bentayga. Needless to say, Mansory is known for building show-worthy programs and this one for the Bentayga is no different. It’s got loads of refinements in the exterior and interior and it has an engine upgrade that takes the luxury SUV’s power numbers up to an impressive 691 horses and 773 pound-feet of torque.

The power numbers and subsequent performance capabilities are the highlights of the kit, but they’re far from the only ones. This is Mansory, after all, and when it comes to these guys, no program is complete without the presence of carbon fiber. This kit for the Bentayga has carbon fiber. Lots of it, in fact. It also has an outlandish interior program that features only the finest in luxury applications and a new set of wheels that were thrown in for good measure.

The Mansory-tuned Bentayga will certainly feel at home at SEMA with all its aftermarket brethren. But there’s something to be said for a tuner that’s known more for appearing at the Geneva Motor Show to make the trip to Las Vegas to showcase its wares to a predominantly American audience. You’d think that the tuner would’ve preferred a similar event that’s closer in proximity like the Essen Show in Germany. Is it possible that Mansory wants to become a bigger player in the American tuning scene?

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2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel

2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel

Bentley introduces it first-ever diesel

Introduced in late 2015, the Bentayga is Bentley’s first-ever SUV. It’s also the most expensive and luxurious, factory-built SUV in the world as of 2016, as well as the quickest to 60 mph and the fastest in terms of top speed thanks to its brand-new, 600-horsepower W-12 engine. The people hauler is also equipped with Bentley’s latest convenience features and the finest leather and wood trim available on the market and the company’s most customizable vehicle to date. All told, until Rolls-Royce launches its SUV later this decade, the Bentayga is the fanciest option you have if you’re in the market for a luxury SUV. In 2016, Bentley enlarged the Bentayga family by adding a diesel drivetrain, making the SUV its first-even vehicle to use an oil burner.

It’s no secret that Bentley plans to turn the Bentayga into a full-size lineup of vehicles, with both a gasoline V-8 and a hybrid version being in the making. However, the big news for 2017 is the arrival of the Bentayga Diesel, the company’s first vehicle to use a different type of fuel other than gasoline. The reasoning behind it is that Bentley wants to provide a more fuel-efficient alternative to the W-12 Bentayga, as well as reduce its overall carbon footprint in anticipation of upcoming, more stringent regulations for automakers in both the European Union and the United States. Much like any recent Bentley automobile, the Bentayga Diesel borrowed its drivetrain from other Volkswagen Group products. In this case, the engine came from the performance-oriented Audi SQ7. On the other hand, the Bentayga Diesel retained all the fancy features available in the W-12 model, including its incredibly expensive options. Find out more about it in our detailed review of the SUV.

Updated 09/21/2016: Bentley dropped the official details on the Bentayga Diesel.

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Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner

Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner

A modern, luxurious shooting brake for fishermen

The Bentayga arrived in 2015 as Bentley’s first-ever SUV. It’s also the most expensive and luxurious, factory-built SUV in the world as of 2016, as well as the quickest to 60 mph and the fastest in terms of top speed thanks to its 600-horsepower W-12 engine. The hauler is also packed with Bentley’s latest convenience features and the finest leather and wood trim available on the market. Finally, it’s also Bentley’s most customizable vehicle to date.

All told, until the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS hit the streets at the turn of the decade, the Bentley Bentayga will remain the fanciest SUV out there. But, despite the head start, Bentley isn’t resting on its laurels and is already selling special-edition models based on the Bentayga - one of them being the Fly Fishing by Mulliner.

Described as the "ultimate angling accessory," the Mulliner-built SUV is a modern interpretation of the shooting brake. But, instead of carrying shooting parties at hunting events, the Fly Fishing provides fishermen with all the equipment required to catch fish. In short, the SUV comes with a bespoke trunk that houses anything from rods and nets to a master tackle station and a wader-stowage trunk.

“The Bentayga Fly Fishing car showcases the breadth and level of detail a customer can expect from Mulliner. This is an individual bespoke solution and our skilled craftspeople can design elegant and exquisitely executed bespoke solutions to complement any customer lifestyle or hobby. Fly fishing is a sport that requires a variety of equipment and clothing, so it was essential to package the rods, reels, waders, boots and fly-tying station into the car in a luxurious, accessible and elegant way – and the end result is truly extraordinary," said Geoff Dowding, director of Mulliner.

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Tesla Model X P90D vs. Bentley Bentayga – The ultimate showdown: Video

Tesla Model X P90D vs. Bentley Bentayga – The ultimate showdown: Video

Which one wins this all-out battle?

The latest episode of Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head is quite the battle of braun. It’s the lightening quick Tesla Model X P90D pitted against Bentely’s newest model – the 600-horsepower, W-12 monster called the Bentayga. It’s certainly a fight for the ages… or at least in the high-end luxury SUV world.

A quick refresher on the contenders: The Bentley’s aforementioned W-12 produces a whopping 664 pound-feet of torque, which sends it down the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 117.1 mph after hitting 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Those are supercar numbers, mind you. The Tesla is equally impressive, with its dual electric motors making a combined 532 horsepower and a crazy 713 pound-feet of torque. And as we all know, electric vehicles make 100 percent of its torque at zero rpm. Both vehicles send power to all four wheels, making grip less of a factor.

The Bentayga’s gas-sucking engine makes up for the Tesla’s whisper-quiet demeanor with loud exhaust tones and quick shifts from its ZF eight-speed automatic. The Tesla, on the other hand, provides the ultimate luxury – the self-driving “autopilot” feature.

Though both vehicles have their talking points, one thing is for sure: the Tesla is fast. Motor Trend even pitted it against the well-renowned Alfa-Romeo 4C in a drag race – with another Alfa 4C on a flatbed trailer hitched to the Model X. If that’s not an impressive drag race, I don’t know what is.

So, before I spoil any of the results, be sure to watch the video in HD and full screen nodes. It’s 22 minutes you’ll enjoy.

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Bentley Launches Bentayga Apple Watch App

Bentley Launches Bentayga Apple Watch App

Control certain features of the Bentayga from the comfort of your wrist

The Bentley Bentayga is one of the more recent SUVs to hit the market, but it sure is making up for lost time by taking a deep dive into the world of app integration with the release of a new app dedicated to the Apple Watch. Needless to say, the app works only for those people who own a Bentayga and and Apple Watch.

People who do find themselves included in this particular group will have the benefit of pairing their smart watches to the Bentayga’s infotainment system. Simple enough, right? Once the pairing is successful, users can control certain features of the Bentayga, including on-board climate and entertainment systems. They can also adjust the heating, ventilation, and massage functions of their seats, while also monitor real-time information like vehicle speed, distance traveled, and outside temperature. Unfortunately, it can’t perform other tricks like remote starting the car if they don’t have an iPhone that’s paired to the same infotainment system.

Nevertheless, the app aims to provide an improved level of connectivity with the Bentayga. It’s a nice little feature that should come in handy in certain conditions, all in the name of enhancing customer service. That, in a nutshell, is what this app is for. It may not prove to be as useful when it’s the driver who’s wearing the watch – all the info he might need is staring at him in the face – but it could turn into a useful feature for passengers of the SUV, especially those at the back who may be less inclined to exert any kind of effort when they’re sitting comfortably in the luxurious and spacious rear section of the interior.

The app itself is pretty straightforward so those who end up downloading it should be able to learn all of its tricks in short order. Then again, those who are averse to the whims of technology are probably better off spending their money on something a little more to their liking. Care to interest anyone on a diamond-studded Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling mechanical clock that costs $220,000?

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Bentley Preparing Faster And More Powerful Bentayga SUV

Bentley Preparing Faster And More Powerful Bentayga SUV

Model likely called the Bentayga Speed to fit into Bentley’s lineup of performance models

The Bentley Bentayga claims to be the fastest and most powerful SUV in the market but apparently, that title, or whatever you want to call it, isn’t ensough for Bentley. A new report by way of Auto Express indicates that an even faster and more powerful Bentayga is on the way, one that will carry the name Bentayga Speed.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer talked about the possibility of a Bentayga Speed at the Beijing Motor Show, hinting that it’s a model that we should “expect” to see in the future. Durheimer remained mum on the details behind the model, but a quick gander at the specs of the Continental GT Speed shows that it has 633 horsepower on tap, 11.5 percent more than its standard model. Likewise, the Mulsanne Speed has 530 horsepower, close to 10 percent more than the regular Mulsanne.

Following this formula, a Bentayga Speed could pack have anywhere from 660 to 670 horsepower, further boosting its claim as the fastest and most powerful SUV in the market today. The expected improvements in performance should back up that claim as the standard Bentayga is already capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds with a top speed of 187 mph. Is there a chance that the Bentayga Speed could hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and boast a top speed in excess of 190 mph? It’s certainly possible.

If the Bentayga Speed does come to fruition, it would represent a new variant to the SUV that’s also expected to receive diesel and hybrid versions. Given how much Bentley has invested in the Bentayga, a rounded lineup like this one would certainly give the SUV the variant versatility that makes it more appealing to a bigger group of potential customers. Whether it’s someone who’s looking for performance or someone who’s into hybrids, the Bentayga is shaping up as one of those models that has variant for every taste.

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Carfection Gives The Bentley Bentayga An Off-Road Shakedown: Video

Carfection Gives The Bentley Bentayga An Off-Road Shakedown: Video

Luxury SUV gets down and dirty to prove its worth in the SUV segment

A little over a decade ago, the thought of putting the words “Bentley” and “SUV” in the same sentence would’ve been tantamount to heresy. But what was at least ironic 10 years ago is now a reality with the arrival of the Bentley Bentayga, the British luxury brand’s first foray in the auto industry’s fastest growing segment.

So what exactly led Bentley to this path? There are multiple layers to that question, but the short of it is demand. With the global economy largely in the upswing, more and more customers are looking for cars that serve the dual purpose of being highly functional and status-validating. Before the Bentayga broke into the scene, the SUV ladder didn’t have a complete hierarchy with models like the Porsche Cayenne and the Range Rover Sport representing the pinnacle of what that market had to offer. All that changed with the arrival of the Bentayga because, well, it’s a freakin’ Bentley!

Granted, the Bentayga still hasn’t earned the reputation of being a segment-changer because, as Carfection puts it, there are still some concerns about the SUV and how it translates to the company’s closely-guarded reputation. Is it as good as Bentley makes it out to be? Does it justify the $229,100 base price? Most importantly, does it come at the cost of Bentley losing its own identity in the pursuit of economic growth?

Carfection sought to answer those questions in the only way it knew how: it gave the Bentayga the kind of off-road exercise that all other SUVs are subjected to. In a lot of ways, the Bentayga is the four-wheeled embodiment of irony. Nobody thought that Bentley would go down this path, but now that it’s here, maybe it’s time for all of us to embrace the change as much as the company has.

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Bentley Leaves Door Open For a Future All-Electric Model, Bentayga SUV To Get Hybrid Model

Bentley Leaves Door Open For a Future All-Electric Model, Bentayga SUV To Get Hybrid Model

There’s no certainty on the EV model, but the hybrid SUV is scheduled to arrive in 2018

Bentley hasn’t totally closed the door on the possibility of building an all-electric model. The company’s design director, Stefan Sielaff, told Autocar that Bentley’s higher brass has requested its design team to come up with a preliminary sketch of an all-electric model. However, there’s still no certainty that such a model will be given the go signal.

Big boss Wolfgang Durheimer is lukewarm on the idea, having gone on record saying that an all-electric model isn’t a “priority” for the company because it isn’t as important to Bentley’s “brand values” as its more traditional models. But, there is still some room for consideration, even if it’s a small one at best. What’s more certain is a plug-in hybrid electric car, which Durheimer himself admitted has become a priority for Bentley. He even doubled down on that commitment by promising to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain on all of its models in the near future.

The first model to get this powertrain is the Bentayga SUV, which is scheduled to have a PHEV version by 2018. Bentley will almost certainly have a keen eye on how successful that model turns out because it could determine if there’s room for its other models, including the Continental, to receive a similar hybrid engine.

It’s clear that Bentley wants to be a player in this market, but it’s also approaching it with some caution knowing that success could lead to demand for a full EV model in the future. Right now, it’s unlikely that Bentley will cross that bridge, but in asking Sielaff and his design team to come out with a preliminary sketch of a full EV model, it shows that Bentley is at least trying to cover its bases in the event it changes its mind and builds an all-electric vehicle.

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2017 Bentley Bentayga

2017 Bentley Bentayga

The company’s first-ever SUV!

Even though it has a history spanning almost a century, and some of its earlier models were nicknamed by Ettore Bugatti as "the world’s fastest lorries," Bentley has never manufactured an SUV. Its Continental GT lineup is almost exclusively all-wheel-drive, but far from meeting the criteria for being called an SUV. Those three letters have actually given nightmares to traditional Bentley enthusiasts since 2015, when Bentley officially announced that it will launch a full-size SUV called the Bentayga by the end of the year. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show just around the corner, the Bentayga is finally here to brag about being the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive SUV in the world.

With the luxury carmaker being all about sales nowadays, and the Bentayga already amassing 4,000 pre-orders, the SUV is bound to be a sales success despite what the old-school Bentley fans want or believe. Based on the same platform as the new 2016 Audi Q7, the model is also the first Bentley powered by a diesel engine and a hybrid drivetrain, but more on that as you read the following review.

Updated 12/18/2015: Bentley dropped a new video in which it highlights the making of its latest Bentayga luxury SUV. Hit play to learn how "extraordinary people build extraordinary cars."

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2016 Bentley Bentayga First Edition

2016 Bentley Bentayga First Edition

At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Bentley launched its very first SUV, the Bentayga. Set to become the fastest, most luxurious, and most expensive hauler on the market, the Bentayga just made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Alongside the standard SUV, the British firm also unveiled the Bentayga First Edition, a limited-edition version packed with bespoke features, some of which won’t be offered on the regular production model.

Basically, Bentley just created an even more exclusive variant of the Bentayga, which is already labeled as the most exquisite SUV in production. Deep-pocketed enthusiasts will be thrilled.

Although pricing has yet to be announced, the Brits did say that the Bentayga First Edition will be limited to only 608 examples. The number marks the metric power output of the Bentayga, 608 PS (600 horsepower,) which makes it the most powerful factory-built SUV. Considering that the standard model will retail from $229,100 when it goes on sale in 2016, expect the First Edition to fetch in excess of $250,000. That’s quite a lot of dough for an SUV, but I bet the First Edition will sell out in no time. Until it goes on sale, let’s have a closer look at the bespoke features that make it so special.

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Bentley Launches Inspirator App

Bentley Launches Inspirator App

Taking the time to customize a car means that car becomes an expression of our personality, our emotion and our unique taste as individuals. That customization process has gotten easier in recent years, with some manufacturers offering configurators that let you design your car before you even head out to the dealership. Now, Bentley has taken things a step further with what it calls The Inspirator.

The Inspirator is an app that is available on IOS devices that watches and records your emotional reaction through your device’s front-facing camera as you watch a series of stimulating videos. The videos and narrative change as you react positively or negatively, allowing the app to determine your preferences based on what stimulates you the most. After you’ve finished watching the video, the Inspirator forms a uniquely configured vehicle. In theory, the resulting vehicle should serve as a perfect starting point – with options you would like the most – in the configuration and personalization process.

Keven Rose, a Board Member for Sales and Marketing, has said “Configuring a Bentley is an intensely personal experience; it is a reflection of your personality and taste.” He continued “It provides intelligently curated responses which can be personalized further to truly make the car your own” It is certainly an interesting take on personalization and customization. If nothing else, it adds a bit of fun to the purchasing process. Currently, the Bentayga is the only model that can be customized with the Inspirator, but Bentley plans to add its entire lineup to the app in the near future.

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Bentley Considers Diesel Bentayga With E-Charging Boost

Bentley Considers Diesel Bentayga With E-Charging Boost

Early next year, Bentley is set to release the 2017 Bentayga here on the U.S. market. With a starting price of $229,100 and power coming from a V-12, gasoline engine, the Bentayga will be one of the baddest SUVs on the market.

However, Bentley’s lead engineer, Peter Guest, has now confirmed that Bentley is actively testing diesel prototypes of the Bentayga. No major details about the diesel engine have been released, except that it will use an electric turbocharger. The technology goes by the short-hand name of e-charging and is also expected to be used on the diesel variant of Audi’s new Q7 crossover next year.

E-charging is a new technology, but it was demonstrated by Audi last year on the 3.0-liter TDI that was available in the 2015 Audi A6. By e-boosting, Audi was able to increase the 3.0’s horsepower rating to 385 and virtually eliminate lag and the lack of low-end torque that has plagued turbocharged engines in the past. The downside to e-boosting is that it requires a 48-volt system to operate, as it draws upward of 7 to 8 kilowatts of power. It’s because of this that it isn’t currently offered on more diesel models. The Bentayga already has a 48-volt system by design, however, as it was needed for the SUV’s dynamic ride system.

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2018 Bentley Bentayga Speed

2018 Bentley Bentayga Speed

The world’s fastest and most powerful SUV?

Launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 2017 Bentley Bentayga finally claimed its place at the top of the SUV kingdom as the fastest, most luxurious, and most expensive family hauler yet. But the Brits won’t stop there. Although it’s not yet confirmed, a hotter, more powerful version of the Bentayga may also be in the works. Likely to carry the Speed moniker, the beefed-up Bentayga will probably become the world’s first 200-mph SUV, a feature the brand wasn’t able to achieve with the standard model, reportedly due to "the wide safety margins the company chooses for its tires."

“But that is not to say there will not be other variants in the future,” Bentley engineering boss Rolf Frech told Autocar, hinting that a faster, more powerful model is underway. Frech’s statement was backed by Volkswagen Group’s Fritz Eichler, who admitted that the Bentayga’s W-12 engine is only at the "beginning of its potential," with "a lot more to come." There’s no word as to when the Bentayga Speed will arrive, but a 2017 launch for the 2018 model year is likely given Bentley is also planning diesel and hybrid versions of the SUV.

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Bentley Bentayga Has A $170K Option

Bentley Bentayga Has A $170K Option

The 2017 Bentley Bentayga comes with a starting price of £160,200 ($248,342) and a list of options that can increase that price to more than £500,000 ($775,100.) There is one option, however, that has to be one of the most expensive in the history of the automobile: the bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling Clock.

The clock can be machined in either rose or white gold, while the face can be black ebony or mother of pearl. The face is also decorated with a total of eight diamond indexes. Due to the clock’s complex mechanical design, it also requires periodic winding, so an automatic winding device is also included. Opting for the Mulliner Tourbillon will set you back a whopping £110,000 ($170,522.)

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The Queen May Get The First Bentley Bentayga

The Queen May Get The First Bentley Bentayga

Initially viewed with a bit of justifiable side-eye, Bentley’s first SUV is off to an extremely promising start. The production version just debuted at Frankfurt, and it’s better-looking than anticipated. The first year’s production run has already sold out. And best of all, it’s already got the approval of the highest authority in Britain: the first 2017 Bentley Bentayga is slated to be delivered to none other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal family has traditionally used Land Rovers for its rough-road needs, but Bentayga #001 will be shipped to Balmoral, Scotland for use in hunting expeditions, according to Michael Winkler, Bentley’s North American CEO, in an interview with Bloomberg.

Bentley’s no stranger to providing royal vehicles. The current purpose-built 2002 Bentley State Limousine is based on the Arnage chassis and has served the royal family since 2002.

Bentley has the capacity to produce 3,000 to 4,500 Bentaygas annually, and is currently holding deposits for 3,600 vehicles. If you’re hoping to get a 2017 model, MSRPs start at $229,100. It’s the most expensive SUV sold in North America.

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Luxury SUVs Worth Waiting For

Luxury SUVs Worth Waiting For

SUVs have been around for more than eight decades. Though most early SUVs were descendants from commercial and military vehicles such as the Willys MB (1941-1945) and the Land Rover Series I (1948-1958), longer-wheelbase, wagon-type SUVs were available as early as the mid-1930s, with the most iconic example being the second-generation Chevrolet Suburban (1935-1940).

However, the XJ-generation Jeep Cherokee, launched in 1984, is now considered to be the first true sport utility vehicle in the modern understanding of the term, as it was aimed at urban families as a substitute for traditional station wagons. The Cherokee had four-wheel drive, a more premium, station wagon-like interior, and a more manageable size compared to full-size utility vehicles.

Nowadays, SUVs are often sold with premium features, while some crossovers are built with lower ride heights for comfortable on-road driving. Though some brands still develop their SUVs with off-road capabilities, the focus has shifted toward luxury and performance. From the Jeep Wagoneer of the late 1980s, often regarded as the first luxury SUV, to the 2015 BMW X5 M and 2015 Porsche Cayenne, the SUV concept has evolved at an incredible pace, to the extent that modern SUVs have very little in common with their forerunners besides high-riding bodies.

As we approach 2016, the SUV is about to enter yet another era, one that will see the introduction of ultra-luxury utility vehicles built by manufacturers known for providing transportation for royalty the world over. A new niche is about to be created by brands such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce, which are working on some of the most luxurious and expensive SUVs mankind has yet seen. Let’s have a closer look at the most promising luxury SUVs set to hit the market by the end of the decade.

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Bentley‬ ‪Bentayga‬ Returns To Nurburgring: Video

Bentley‬ ‪Bentayga‬ Returns To Nurburgring: Video

The last time Bentley took the Bentayga to the Nurburgring, it seemed as if the Brits were training an elephant for a ballet contest. Now that the SUV has returned to Germany’s infamous race track, it’s safe to assume that the elephant is still having trouble with his plie.

Fortunately, there’s no ballet contest, and while this doesn’t make the Bentayga look any less silly on the ’Ring, it will learn a few tricks for the road from these testing sessions.

The SUV’s appearance is yet another thing that hasn’t changed recently. Specifically, the Bentayga is still wearing a thin layer of camouflage, which obscures certain areas of the body, including the bumpers, headlamps, taillights, and the quarter-windows. Bentley isn’t yet ready to showcase it to the public and will probably do so toward the end of the year. Expect the SUV to make its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September and go on sale in the first half of 2016.

Set to become the most expensive SUV on the market, the Bentayga will be launched with two engines at first, a gas-guzzling 6.0-liter W-12 with impressive performance, and a milder 4.0-liter V-8. Customers concerned about how much they spend at the pump will get a diesel version in 2017, while tree-huggers will be able to purchase a hybrid later on.

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Bentley‬ ‪Bentayga‬ Testing At Nurburgring: Video

Bentley‬ ‪Bentayga‬ Testing At Nurburgring: Video

Road-car testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a habit that’s more than a decade old, but not the same can be said about SUVs. Until the more track-focused BMW X5 M and the Porsche Cayenne GTS arrived, the only SUVs you could see at the ’Ring belonged to drivers looking to have a few laughs. That’s no longer the case though. For the last couple of years, the "Green Hell" has been swarming with utility vehicles. And I’m not talking about performance SUVs, but more plebeian family haulers from Honda, Kia or Volkswagen. The Bentley Bentayga is the latest such vehicle to hit the German track and although it’s about as powerful as the Cayenne Turbo, it’s not exactly a sight to behold in the twisties.

I mean, it’s definitely fast and the man behind the wheel is obviously pushing it to the limit, but I’ve seen better from SUVs that aren’t as powerful and expensive as the Bentayga. And yes, Bentley was hoping to transfer some of the sporty skills of the Continental GT into its SUV. It doesn’t really seem to work...

Someone better tell SUV manufacturers that these vehicles aren’t supposed to become track-day performers.

Anyway, the Bentayga is only a few months away from making its global debut with at least two powerplants at its disposal. Word has it the Brits will launch it with a massive 6.0-liter W-12 and a 4.0-liter V-8. A diesel mill is likely to be added in a couple of years.

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Bentley Bentayga Caught Testing Near Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Bentley Bentayga Caught Testing Near Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Ah, the VW Group and its weird stickers it uses to “camouflage” its models. The latest one our spy shooters caught wearing these odd-looking stickers was the Bentley Bentayga, and we have the images for you here.

It’s clear that this is a Bentley SUV, despite the team’s attempt to “cleverly” disguise its headlights and taillights. There are also a few odd stickers just forward of the rear fenders. I am not too sure what the test team was trying to hide with these stickers, but they are there and leave me wondering pondering the reason for using them.

There are still no certainties on the Bentayga’s drivetrain, but rumors are swirling about a possible diesel engine – a first for Bentley. Two engines that are near certainties are the 4.0-liter TFSI engine, and the just recently announce W-12 TSI engine. VW unveiled the latter at the International Vienna Motor Symposium, and it boasted a power boost to 608 PS (600 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm (664 pound-feet) of torque from 1,500 rpm combined with a significant drop in emissions.

We’re sure that our spy photographers will be on the prowl for more Bentaygas in the wild, so keep it locked here for more.

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Bentley Bentayga Interior Revealed In New Teaser: Video

Bentley Bentayga Interior Revealed In New Teaser: Video

Bentley has already promised that the 2016 Bentayga will be the fastest, most powerful and most exclusive SUV on the market, and now it is adding one more claim to that list. Along with a new video revealing the first look inside the 2016 Bentley Bentayga, Bentley says that the SUV will be the “most advanced Bentley ever,” and while many details about the Bentayga remain unknown, this sneak peek gives an idea of just some of the cabin tech that will be offered.

Perhaps the coolest of this tech is the touch-sensitive control dial mounted centrally in the console. The outer ring allows the driver to switch between the various drive modes, and while several have been blurred out for this video, there will be at least four off-road modes and a sport mode. In the middle of the dial is the start-stop button, which also looks to be controlled by touch rather than an actual button.

While this area definitely seems to be the focal point of Bentley’s innovations, the Bentayga will have other high-tech goodies, including a large instrument cluster display with a night vision mode and what appears to be a massive head-up display. Bentley has not yet said when the Bentayga will be getting its big debut, but this fall’s Frankfurt Motor Show is a good bet at this point.

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Bentley Wants An SUV Smaller Than Bentayga

Bentley Wants An SUV Smaller Than Bentayga

Bentley is apparently getting serious about SUVs, as its engineering boss Rolf Frech says a second, smaller SUV is “a possibility.” That would be in addition to the upcoming Bentayga SUV that’s slated for release in 2016.

Two main reasons give hope for the crossover. First, Bentley is not ignorant of the growth that market has seen in the last few years. Bentley’s own chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, has said the original prediction of Bentayga sales cresting at 3,000 units annually “could be conservative.” The automakers says it already has 4,000 expressions of interest in the upcoming Bentayga, despite it still being officially unseen.

Second, Bentley has use of Volkswagen’s new MSB platform, which will underpin the new Continental GT Coupe and whatever results from the 2015 EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. The adaptable architecture will allow engineers and designers to save costs on developing a stand-alone platform for a future small crossover.

Bentley’s SUV aspirations have realized plans for a $429 million (£280m) Research and Development center near its Pyms Lane headquarters. The new facility is expected to add some 300 new jobs, with the total number of jobs totaling 1,300.

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Bentayga May Be The First Diesel Bentley

Bentayga May Be The First Diesel Bentley

The Bentley Bentayga may be shaping up into the world’s most expensive SUV, but the British are planning to make it more than just a powerful and luxurious family hauler that will cost in excess of $200,000. Bentley is aware that even rich SUV customers are concerned about fuel economy, and apparently is considering making the Bentayga the company’s first vehicle to receive a diesel engine. That’s the word from British publication Auto Express, which quoted Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber.

"We are definitely investigating a diesel engine. It will fit anyway into the platform we are using, so it could make sense to do it," Schreiber said. Although that’s far from being an official confirmation, a diesel-powered Bentayga would make sense in certain markets and finding the right diesel for the massive SUV would be easy. Bentley has access to Audi’s updated 4.2-liter V-8, a diesel powerplant that’s set to find its way into the second-generation Audi Q7. Since the two SUVs already share Volkswagen’s lightweight aluminum platform, adding the diesel would require little investment on Bentley’s part.

In addition to the 4.2-liter V-8 diesel, the Bentayga may also feature a hybrid drivetrain, yet another first for Bentley. Although details as to what gasoline-hybrid combo will find its way into the SUV are scarce, Bentley is likely to borrow the powertrain of the upcoming Q7 plug-in hybrid.

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Bentley Bentayga Caught Almost Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots

Bentley Bentayga Caught Almost Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots

The 2016 Bentley Bentayga is no secret, but Bentley has been doing a pretty good job of keeping the design and the details of the “world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV” under wraps as long as possible. But the latest round of spy shots show Bentley’s first-ever SUV wearing very little in the way of camouflage, revealing a welcome departure from the goofy styling of the 2012 EXP 9 F Concept.

Up front, it seems that there is still some heavy cladding obscuring the front fascia, but other than that it’s easy to make out the shape of the headlights. The massive mesh grille and wide front fenders really give the Bentayga an imposing face. At the rear of the SUV, it is a little harder to make out the shape of the taillights, although many of the Bentayga’s intricate lines – including the signature rear haunches – are easily visible. The only other camouflage on this Bentayga covers the rear quarter-windows and the “Flying B” fender vents, which Bentley has already revealed in previous teaser images.

Despite its own body lines, it’s hard to miss the similarities between the Bentayga and the recently introduced 2016 Audi Q7, especially in the shape of the side windows and roofline. There are no shots of the interior yet, but these images do seem to indicate that the 2016 Bentley Bentayga will have a four-passenger seating arrangement.

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Bentley Bentayga Goes Winter Testing: Spy Shots

Bentley Bentayga Goes Winter Testing: Spy Shots

It’s getting ever closer to production and that means that we have more chances than ever to spy it out in the open. That’s right, folks, we have more spy shots of Bentley’s upcoming Bentayaga SUV out doing some cold-weather testing way up north in Sweden. This new high-riding luxury machine is based on the same platform as the upcoming Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. That means weight should be relatively low (for a Bentley) and the company is promising lots of performance. Bentley is claiming this will be one of the world’s fastest off-roaders, with a top speed in the 200 mph ballpark.

We still don’t have a lot of info, and these spy shots are not doing a lot to help. Each car is covered in lots of heavy plastic cladding that serve to hide the real details underneath. Things to notice do include the massive brakes tucked under those alloys and the dual exhaust outlets that appear to each house two exhausts. Bentley may be pushing some sort of quad exhaust system. Bentley is expected to pull the sheets off this thing later this year, so there is not too much longer to wait.

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Bentley May Consider Coupe-Styled Bentayga Version

Bentley May Consider Coupe-Styled Bentayga Version

Bentley’s first-ever SUV has already amassed no fewer than 4,000 preorders, with the model just recently being christened, but the British luxury carmaker doesn’t want to stop with the Bentayga. According to Top Gear’s Paul Horrell, who recently had a chat with Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer, the luxury SUV already has a brother on the drawing board, with two distinct options being carefully weighed by the company.

One of them is another Bentley standalone model to complement the Continental Coupe and Cabrio, the Flying Spur, Mulsanne and the upcoming Bentayga SUV. The other option would be another derivative of the SUV, with Horrell suggesting that a coupe version of the model may get the go-ahead. Duerheimer was coy about details, but did suggest that the second SUV would be more likely because of market demand. "The growing segment is SUVs. Convertibles are going down. Sports cars are going down. Saloons too." the Bentley boss told Top Gear.

That said, any other details about Bentley’s near-future products would be pure speculation, but what is known for sure is that the brand’s first SUV is coming at the end of 2015, with market launch to take place at the beginning of 2016. Whether the Bentayga will also get a five-door-coupe version to create its own micro-niche in the $200,000+ segment remains to be seen.

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Future Bentley SUV Will Hit 200 MPH

Future Bentley SUV Will Hit 200 MPH

If you’ve ever heard the old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” it usually proves to be true. However, the fine folks over at Bentley are bent on dining on cake whilst enjoying its lavish, unaltered aesthetics. Yes, Bentley is designing its upcoming SUV with a 200 mph V-max.

Bentley’s first utterance of producing an SUV took form at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The EXP 9 concept was a terrific interpretation of what Bentley designers could do with the ‘corporate look.’ With development still happening, rumors are starting to swirl from insiders about slight redesigns of the vehicle in order to achieve lower drag numbers.

A lowered roofline, smoothed-out rear end, and a carefully crafted underbody aero pan are all playing a role. The Bentley will still be big at a reported 6.5 feet wide, so engineers are having to cut corners and streamline where they can. Undoubtedly, a massive engine will be needed to power the SUV into supercar territory. W-12 anyone?

Bentley hasn’t had issues making cars go fast in the past. Just look at the Continental GT Speed. The issue comes when combining the characteristic of an Autobahn burner with that of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Tires are yet another issue. They’ve got to be tough and knobby enough for powering over muddy slopes while still holding the track at warp factor 10. Such tires aren’t in existence yet, so Bentley will likely partner with a reputable developer/manufacturer for such an ambitions product.

The Bentley — rumored to be called the Falcon — is expected at market for the 2016 model year, with early preproduction mules seen in 2015.

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