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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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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."

Continue Reading to learn more about the Bentley Bentayga

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4,000 Customers Already Showed Interest in Bentley's Future SUV

4,000 Customers Already Showed Interest in Bentley’s Future SUV

As Rolls-Royce ponders its future in the SUV market, Bentley is already off to a promising start. Bloomberg is reporting that ahead of the 2016 Bentley Falcon even being officially unveiled, about 4,000 potential customers have already stepped up to show interest in the SUV. Remarkably, that’s more than the 3,000 units that Bentley is reportedly planning to build annually.

The price for the Bentley Falcon has still yet to be set. In the past, we’ve heard pricing varying anywhere from £130,000 to £200,000 ($196,000 to $302,000 as of 1/9/2015), and this newest report puts the expected price of the new Bentley around $214,000. This, of course, doesn’t even factor in the different options including powertrains, which will drive the price even higher. Again, while no official details have been announced, Bentley has confirmed its SUV will eventually be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it is also expected to come with a high-output W-12 engine.

In adding the SUV, Bentley is hoping to increase its global sales to 15,000 units by 2018, which stands as a 36-percent increase over the next three years compared to the 11,020 units it sold in 2014. That. Last year, Bentley’s global sales were up 9 percent with 29 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. (3,186 units — up 1.4 percent) and 24 percent sold in China (2,670 units — up about 22 percent). Moving forward, these two markets will continue to be important with the launch of the Falcon.

Beyond this SUV, the report also said that Bentley is considering adding yet another model to its lineup, although no further information was given.

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Bentley's Future Crossover Could Be Called "Bentayga"

Bentley’s Future Crossover Could Be Called "Bentayga"

The highly anticipated Bentley SUV has taken many different names during its development. The concept version of the SUV was named EXP 9 F before rumors suggested that the ‘F’ in its nomenclature stood for Falcon and that was the name Bentley was going to use on the SUV. Well, throw Falcon in the bin because according to Autovisie, the actual name of the uber luxurious SUV will be Bentayga.

The auto section of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf is reporting that Bentley has registered the Bentayga name, which is the name of a famous rock formation in the Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago located 100 kilometers off of Morocco.

It’s unclear why Bentley chose the name Bentayga for its SUV, but it could be tied to the vehicle’s reported off-road capabilities, something Bentley global head of sales and marketing Kevin Rose alluded to when he told Automotive News Europe at the 2014 Frankfurt Motor Show that the SUV is being prepared to be "as capable in the off road as the Range Rover."

It’s also worth noting that one of Bentley’s biggest markets for its new SUV would be the Middle East, the same region where deserts roads are pretty common. That would also explain why one of Bentley’s teasers for its SUV took place in a CGI depiction of a dry desert. Food for thought.

So in addition to being the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most expensive SUV in the market, the Bentayga is also being developed to ably tackle rough and tough terrain like any true blue SUV.

However many promises Bentley throws at us, at least its SUV now has a pretty cool name.

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Video: Bentley Teases its Future SUV

Video: Bentley Teases its Future SUV

The wait for the arrival of Bentley’s highly anticipated SUV, codenamed ‘Falcon’, has become an excruciating exercise in patience. Fortunately, recent spy shots of the camouflaged luxury SUV has given us a semblance of hope that the long-awaited debut of the SUV is upon us.

But now that Bentley has released a new teaser video of the SUV, that hope is slowly turning into excitement. “The still-unnamed Bentley SUV is upon us!”

The treatment of the new teaser video is a far departure from the first one. This time, we find ourselves looking at a desert before moving silhouettes of the SUV start appearing, less distinguishable at first before morphing into moving images of the hand-stitched upholstery and a quick side glance of the body.

We’ve surmised based on the spy photos that that the SUV will feature a raked rear-end and the distinctive circular Bentley headlights flanking a large front grille.

Details of the engine are still being kept under wraps, but considering that the SUV will ride on the same MLB Evo platform that underpins the next-generation Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7, we anticipate the luxury vehicle to be offered with a twin-turbo, V-8 engine and a 6.0-liter, W12 engine.

We’re all excited to see what the new Bentley SUV looks like, now more than ever so we can all forget about the monstrosity that was the EXP 9 F.

If you’re as excited as we are about the Bentley SUV, spare some of your time and watch the new teaser video.

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Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Testing Close To The Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Testing Close To The Nurburgring

Bentley’s much-anticipated SUV continues to show its muscular body around Europe as the British manufacturer is inching closer to unveiling its final product. This time the upcoming luxury SUV ditched the warm temperatures of Southern Europe for Germany’s wet autumn breeze and the outskirts of the Nurburgring track. Yes, the SUV was spotted by our auto-paparazzi close to the iconic race course, which means the SUV, code-named Falcon, could be ready to commence high-speed track testing.

It’s about time Bentley’s new SUV meets the track for some mandatory hooning. We are, talking about a massive vehicle that promises to hit a top speed of more than 200 mph and deliver lightning-fast accelerations and outstanding dynamics for an SUV. Those kind of skills can only be honed on a race course such as the Nurburgring, and it appears Bentley is preparing to do just that. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the first on-track shots of the Bentley "Falcon"; we should have them by the end of the week. Meanwhile, read on to find out what we already know about this SUV.

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Dürheimer Has Big Expectations for the Future Bentley SUV

Dürheimer Has Big Expectations for the Future Bentley SUV

Wolfgang Durheimer’s first tenure as CEO of Bentley and Bugatti gave rise to discussions of a possible Bentley SUV. Now that he’s back with the luxury automaker after a stint as the research and development head of Audi, Durheimer is once again thinking brand expansion for Bentley. The first model on his list? The long-awaited Bentley SUV.

Automobile Mag is reporting that Bentley plans to build at least 3,000 units of the new SUV in 2016. The model, tentatively called the Falcon, is poised to have a shared platform with the next Porsche Cayenne. Meanwhile, the body of the SUV will come from Volkswagen, with assembly happening in the UK. The SUV is also reportedly set to get different engine options, including a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that will combine with a plug-in hybrid system to produce 500 horsepower and deliver a 30-mile, electric-only range. Also on the docket is a turbo-diesel variant that has 408 horsepower. A 6.0-liter, W-12 engine with a 48-volt electrical system is also reportedly being planned, as well as a 5.0-liter, V-10 turbo-diesel that churns out 544 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.

As far as the design of the SUV goes, Durheimer (thankfully!) said that it won’t be similar to the much-maligned EXP 9 F Concept that the company showcased at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. According to the CEO, the production version of the SUV will have a different front and rear section, although the company will retain the “rear haunch line, the classic grille, the Bentley headlamp theme, and the proportions.”

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2015 Bentley to Unveil New Design Language on its Future SUV

2015 Bentley to Unveil New Design Language on its Future SUV

Bentleys introduction to the SUV world will come in the form of the Falcon. Due next year, Bentleys new flagship model, will be designed by Luc Donckerwolke, who has worked for the Volkswagen group for many years now and was the designer behind the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo. His style usually utilizes sharp, crisp lines designed to reflect light. “I like really sharp, defined surfaces. If it’s too voluptuous, it’s too sweet. You need spices.”Said Donckerwolke.

This is somewhat different to the usual Bentley design, which is about softer, more rounded edges. However, despite his love for sharper lines, the new Falcon SUV will stick closely to the Bentley design language while still being a new direction for the famed British brand. “We are adapting the DNA of the brand to a new topology of car, but it’s always good when you do something that the brand hasn’t done before.”

A larger issue that Donckerwolke faces is creating a car for both the Western and Eastern markets. The Chinese and Russians seem to like the EXP 9 F concept, in which the Falcon is based, quite a bit, however the Western markets seemed more opposed to it. So the design for this car has to meet somewhere in the middle for both markets. Donckerwolke claims this is a difficult task and says Bentley “can’t design for just one market. We are ambassadors of a culture, and we have to look like a Bentley.” Hopefully Donckerwolke is up to the task, as he will have some stiff competition from Maserati and Aston Martin, which are both developing their own SUVs.

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Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Caught Testing in Southern Europe

Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Caught Testing in Southern Europe

Bentley has been working on its upcoming SUV in increasingly public places, and this time, our spy photographers have captured the beast nearly void of heavy camouflage. Sure, the cladding this still there, but we certainly have a better idea of what to expect.

The Bentley SUV was caught in Southern Europe apparently hot-weather testing under fully loaded conditions. Check out how low the SUV sits sunken down. Perhaps Bentley engineers are testing its brakes and cooling capabilities on that twisty European road. Or maybe the SUV is tucking those large rims, thanks to an air suspension system designed to make the top-heavy truck perform like a Continental GT.

While Bentley has announced it’s bringing an SUV to market, its name has yet made its debut. Most speculation centers on the name “Falcon,” but other possibilities exist. We do know the Bentley SUV will share its platform with the Audi Q7, the new Volkswagen Touareg, and the next-generation Porsche Cayenne. Also for sure is Bentley’s goal of a 200-plus mph SUV.

Getting such a vehicle up to 200 mph will require plenty of grunt, meaning either a twin-turbocharged V-8 or a massive W-12 engine. It’s likely both will be offered, with the V-8 being the standard mill and the W-12 the costlier engine upgrade.

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Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Caught Testing in Production Form

Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Caught Testing in Production Form

Last time our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley SUV roaming the streets of Britain, the mule was cleverly disguised as an Audi Q7. Not exactly surprising considering the two will share the same platform, but obviously disappointing for those anxious to see the looks of the new luxury SUV, us included. Less than a month has passed since then, and we can finally see some of the details adorning the company’s first ever SUV, as the Audi-like mule just turned into a proper Bentley prototype wearing a heap of familiar details.

As expected, the overall styling goes back to the EXP 9 F concept that previewed the production model. However, the large family ride is set to receive a host of cues already present on other Bentley models.

Essentially a beefier Flying Spur with a wagon-like rear end, the SUV shares the sedan’s massive mesh grille and headlamps. What sets this SUV apart are the large intakes flanking the grille, a more pronounced hood, and a more angular front end. However, the latter might be just an effect that could disappear as soon as the camo is taken away. Either way, the front fascia is imposing enough for a luxury SUV of this stature.

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Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Mule Caught in a Clever Disguise

Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Mule Caught in a Clever Disguise

“Wait, didn’t that headline read ‘Bentley’?” Yes, it sure did. At first glance, this is just an Audi Q7 mule out for testing somewhere in England. Look closer though, and a few things start to look suspicious. First up are those UK plates. Audi is German, but Bentley hails from the land of tea and crumpets. Those fenders are also looking quite wide compared to a standard Q7. Perhaps this is just a clever disguise by the Volkswagen Group to hide Bentley’s first-ever SUV.

Diving into the details of the pictures reveals larger air intakes below the headlights. Also expanded are those fenders that cover a larger and wider wheel and tire package. Why have larger air intakes and wheels? At the mule-testing stage, it isn’t a design feature but a mechanical one. A premium Bentley will require the biggest and best brakes to slow the roll from a massive engine not normally found in the Q7’s engine bay.

This isn’t the first time we’ve suggested VW Group might be putting the 6.0-liter, W-12 engine into the Bentley off-roader. Remember, that engine is twin-turbocharged, and large intercoolers will be needed to keep temperatures in check.

However, this is basically an educated guess as to what Audi/Bentley/VW Group is up to. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any further developments.

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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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Bentley Already Has More Than 2,000 Orders for its Upcoming SUV

After getting so much flak when the first design of its SUV came out, who knew that Bentley would eventually have more than 2,000 pre-orders for the vehicle.

But somehow, probably through sheer will and determination, interest in the soon-to-arrive Falcon SUV has picked up significantly as we head toward its launch at the start of 2016. This development should be music to the ears of Bentley execs who had to deal with the backlash the EXP 9 F Concept received when it first came out in 2012.

The negative publicity forced Bentley to quickly return to the drawing board to come up with a new design, or at least something that didn’t remind people of a design that the folks at Lego could’ve built.

With a new exterior and interior look that, according to Autocar, is more "Bentley-like," the Volkswagen Group board is hoping that this new design is going to catch on well with the public that the EXP 9 F just couldn’t do.

Interest appears to be strong with so many pre-orders of the Falcon, and if those numbers hold true, it could aid significantly in the company’s target of selling 15,000 units per year by 2018. It’s still has a ways to go, seeing as 2013 sales amounted to "just" 10,120 units, so you can imagine how much is riding on the Falcon SUV being a sales hit.

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