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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Bentayga First Edition.

  • 2016 Bentley Bentayga First Edition
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    ZF eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    600 @ 5250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    664 @ 1250
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    187 mph
  • Price:
    250000 (Est.)
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What Makes The Bentley Bentayga First Edition Special

Like many special-edition Bentleys, the Bentayga First Edition sports subdued and tasteful additions to its exterior. The first details that catch the eye are the carbon-fiber inserts around the foglamp grilles and the small carbon-fiber splitter fitted under the front apron. The same material was used around back for the custom tailgate spoiler and the diffuser-like piece. The SUV also received carbon-fiber side skirts. Although it doesn’t appear to sit lower than the standard model, the whole package gives the First Edition a sportier stance.

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The SUV’s appearance was further enhanced by a set of 22-inch, black-painted and polished wheels and Union Jack badges on the front doors, just above the chrome trim insert. Illuminated treadplates are also included. Bentley says the First Edition will be available in only ten exterior colors, but there’s no information as to what they might be.

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Inside, the already luxurious cabin received "Diamond within Diamond" quilting and exclusive contrast stitching on the seats and door panels. The seats also feature "First Edition" embroidery just below the headrests. There’s also a Union Jack badge with "First Edition" lettering on the passenger side dashboard and bespoke ambient lighting. The presentation model blends white upholstery with mauve dashboard, door panel, seat, and center console surfaces, but customers will most likely have access to other colors as well.

Under the hood, the First Edition uses the same drivetrain as the standard Bentayga, but that’s far from bad news. The SUV received a newly developed, twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 that cranks out no fewer than 600 horses and 664 pound-feet of torque. Not only the most powerful SUV on the market, the Bentayga will also be the quickest with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of four seconds and the fastest with a top speed of 187 mph.

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As far as accessories go, each First Edition model will come with a unique watch created by Breitling. To celebrate the SUV’s global launch, the famed manufacturer released three high-performance, special-edition chronographs. There’s the Emergency, which features an integrated dual frequency personal locator beacon, the Cockpit B50 with its electronic multi-function caliber, and the automatic Chronomat 38, which was designed for women. Though they are different, the watches share several features, including the chronometer-certified Breitling movement, a black case, a black mother-of-pearl dial, bronze-toned hands matching the livery of the first Bentayga, and a rubber strap matching key interior elements. All three chronographs will be available later as optional equipment for Bentayga customers.

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Built in Crewe, the United Kingdom, the Bentayga rides on a new MLB2 (Evo) platform the Volkswagen Group introduced with the 2016 Audi Q7. The same platform will underpin the next-generation Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. The Bentayga is Bentley’s first production SUV and it’s design blends features from the brand’s current styling language as well as cues from the EXP 9 F concept car. Launched with an all-new W-12 powerplant, the Bentayga is also expected to receive a 4.0-liter V-8, a turbodiesel V-8, and a hybrid drivetrain in the future. A higher performance Speed version is also likely.

Read our review on the Bentley Bentayga here.

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Press Release

Bentley Motors is debuting the Bentayga First Edition to a select group of VIP customers tonight at the iconic Sunset Marquis Hotel, Los Angeles. The exclusive limited edition of the most powerful SUV in production is restricted to just 608 cars globally.

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The eye-catching specification with exclusive details and unique components demonstrates the Bentayga’s abilities to the fullest. The First Edition’s unique design includes Union Jack badging, illuminated treadplates and 22” black painted and polished wheels. Just ten exterior colours are offered, highlighting the exclusivity of the model.

Inside the modern, luxurious cabin the ‘Diamond within Diamond’ quilting, bespoke ambient lighting, Union Jack fascia badging, unique contrast stitching and embroidered seats enrich the look and feel of this special series still further. The detailing in metal, wood and leather – including meticulous tolerances between elements of trim – sets a new standard in automotive design.

Bentley is producing 608 Bentayga First Edition models as this number marks the metric power output of the Bentayga 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft).

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Built in Crewe, an all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga. The mighty 12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), the Bentayga is the world’s most powerful and fastest SUV.

Kevin Rose, Board Member for Sales and Marketing, Aftersales, said: “With the First Edition we have created the ultimate expression of the Bentayga’s spirit. It is equipped with an array of striking features that celebrate both the pioneering nature of the Bentayga and its unique abilities.”

Bentayga Edition Breitling Watches

Each of the First Edition customers will receive a unique Breitling watch to complement their new, luxury SUV.

In tribute to the launch of the new Bentley Bentayga SUV, Breitling created three high-performance special-edition chronographs: the Emergency, which features an integrated dual frequency personal locator beacon; Cockpit B50 – with its electronic multifunction calibre; and the automatic Chronomat 38, which is designed for women.

These three Bentley Bentayga Edition models share several signature features: an officially chronometer-certified Breitling movement; an original and powerful design with an all-black case; a black mother-of-pearl dial; bronzetoned hands matching the livery of the first Bentayga presented to the public; and a rubber strap matching certain key interior elements.

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These chronographs will be available later as optional equipment for Bentayga customers.

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