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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Bentayga Diesel.


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Not surprisingly, Bentley’s first oil burner shares most of its exterior features with the standard gasoline model. Setting it apart is the black Maxtrix grille with chrome surround and central bar, the "V8 Diesel" badge on the lower front door edge, and the twin-quad exhaust tailpipe design. The SUV also comes with a new, 20-inch ten-spoke alloy wheel design, while a new 21-inch Mulliner version in silver or grey is available at extra cost.

Setting it apart is the grille with chrome surround and the "V8 Diesel" badge

Other than that, the SUV has the same design language based on the top-selling Continental GT, including the quad headlamps and the muscular rear haunches. The diesel also employs the same aluminum body panels, which save some 520 pounds compared to a traditional steel body construction. All told, nobody will really know that under the hood lurks an oil burner instead of the mighty W-12 engine offered in the gasoline model until they see small badge on the door.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2995 MM (117.9 Inches)
Overall length 5140 MM (202.4 Inches)
Width (across body) 1998 MM (78.7 Inches)
Width (inc. mirrors) 2224 MM (87.6 Inches)
Overall height 1742 MM (68.6 Inches)


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Just like the exterior, the interior carries over almost unchanged from the gasoline model. It boasts the same Continental GT-based cockpit with a wider center console and raised armrests in the door panels, redesigned, three-layer dashboard, and all the luxury features you can get from an automaker such as Bentley.

Bentley debuted a new Liquid Amber finish with the diesel version

The cabin is packed with handcrafted leather, wood, and metal trim, and equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen and a large dial in the center console. The front seats are adjustable 22 ways and feature heating, ventilation, and massage functions. Customers have access to two seating configurations for either four or five people. In the four-seat version, the rear seats are adjustable 15 ways. Rear-seat entertainment includes a 10.2-inch Android tablet.

Naturally, legroom and headroom are generous, while the rear offers tons of luggage room if you don’t pick any of Bentley’s fancy options, such as the sliding and folding Event Seat.

So what sets it apart from the gasoline version? Well, Bentley debuted a new Liquid Amber finish with the diesel version. It’s not much, but the idea is for all trim levels to be similar, with only the drivetrain accounting for a major difference.

Just like the W-12 model, the diesel is also available with numerous options from the Mulliner division. These include a Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods, as well as the bespoke, mechanical Tourbillon clock by Breitling. The latter is described as the most complex of watch mechanisms, being automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism within the car. The watch is machined in solid gold, with a choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face, and decorated with eight diamond indexes. It’s also incredibly expensive at $160,000!


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As expected, the Bentayga Diesel gets its juice from a 4.0-liter V-8 engine produced by the Volkswagen Group. The unit is already on the streets in the Audi SQ7, and produces 429 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque in the German SUV. The unit features three turbochargers, two being exhaust-driven and one that is electric. The latter works in coordination with the exhaust-powered ones and is generally active at lower speeds, providing the boost the engine needs without the turbo lag associated with exhaust-driven turbos.

The diesel SUV has the lowest CO2 emissions of any Bentley

The output is identical in the Bentley, making it the least powerful Bentayga yet. On the other hand, the diesel SUV has the lowest CO2 emissions of any Bentley at 210 grams per kilometer, as well as a range of "over 621 miles."

The V-8 mates to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission that allows the Bentayga to hit the 60-mph benchmark in 4.6 seconds, which is similar to that of the Q7. Top speed is limited at 168 mph, 13 mph more than the Q7 and a welcome increase over the German-specific 155-mph standard.

The Bentayga Diesel is also equipped with a bespoke exhaust system that has been acoustically engineered to be as quiet and refined as possible. Other features include a Selective Catalytic Reduction and stop-start systems.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 4-litre Twin turbo with E Supercharger direct injection V8
Max Power 429 HP @ 3,750-5,000 RPM
Max Torque 664 LB-FT @ 1,000-3,250 RPM
Driveline ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive, Torsen center differential, open rear differential, 40:60 front:rear torque split
Top speed 168 mph / 270 km/h
0-60 mph 4.6 secs


U.S. pricing is not yet available, for obvious reasons, but the SUV retails from £135,800 in the United Kingdom.That’s a £26,900 reduction compared to the standard W-12 Bentayga, priced from £162,700, which makes it the most affordable iteration of the SUV yet. With the gasoline model retailing from $229,100 in the U.S., the diesel variant could start from around $192,000 when it crosses the pond to North America.


Audi SQ7

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Naturally, the Bentayga Diesel’s main competitor will be the SUV that shares its drivetrain. Launched for the 2017 model year, the Audi SQ7 is based on the latest-generation Q7, featuring an aluminum construction, a more angular exterior design, and Audi’s new interior styling that revolves around the "continuous air vent" dashboard. As previously mentioned, the 4.0-liter, turbodiesel V-8 packs 435 PS (429 horsepower) and 664 pound-feet of torque, enabling the massive SUV to hit 62 mph from a standing start in an impressive 4.8 seconds. Not yet available in the U.S., the SQ7 retails from €89,900 in Germany, which converts to around $100,170.

Find out more about the Audi SQ7 here.

Porsche Cayenne S Diesel

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The Cayenne has been available with a diesel engine as early as 2007, only five years after the nameplate was launched. Originally equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 that delivered as much as 258 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in the second-generation model, the Cayenne Diesel received a larger V-8 with the latest facelift. The twin-turbo, 4.1-liter unit cranks out 380 horses and 630 pound-feet of twist. Not as powerful as the SQ7, the Cayenne S Diesel is also slower, needing 5.4 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is rated at up to 35.3 mpg combined on the European cycle, making it the most efficient luxury, performance oil burner on the market. Just like the SQ7, it is not yet available on the U.S. market. In Germany it retails from €87,442, which converts to around $97,375.

Learn more about the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel here.


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It’s difficult to tell how customers will react to the Bentayga Diesel in the long run, but the British marque definitely needed a diesel poweplant in its lineup. Luxury buyers are becoming increasingly concerned about fuel economy and Bentley will soon need to deliver not just diesel engines, but hybrid drivetrains too. Fortunately, the Bentayga Diesel marks the beginning of a new era during which Bentley will finally join the ranks of those aiming for smaller carbon footprints. The good news is that those concerned about performance will get a stout engine. The V-8 is plenty powerful, making the Bentayga one of the quickest diesel SUVs on the market, while returning strong fuel economy.

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Photo Credit: Bentley

Bentley Motors today announces full details of the first diesel model in the iconic British brand’s history – the Bentayga Diesel.

At the heart of the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury diesel SUV is an all-new, technologically advanced, triple-charged, 4.0-litre, 32-valve V8 engine. Developing 435 PS (429 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb. ft.) of torque, the Bentayga Diesel hits a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph) and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds).

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Bentley’s Crewe-based engineers have developed a V8 powertrain to deliver an authentic Bentley driving experience. Peak torque is available from very early in the rev range (just 1,000 rpm), which makes progress in the Bentayga Diesel truly effortless.

New clean technology gives the Bentayga Diesel the lowest CO2 emissions of any Bentley, as well as a range of over 1,000 km (621 miles) – allowing owners to, for example, drive from London to Verbier, Bordeaux or the Scottish Highlands on a single tank.

Inside, the Bentayga Diesel retains the innovative features, advanced technologies and handcrafted luxury for which the Bentley Bentayga is renowned.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Bentayga Diesel represents a moment of immense significance in Bentley’s history, by giving the world its fastest luxury diesel SUV. Immense power, grand touring capabilities and superb refinement – this is a true Bentley. Only Bentley could produce a car so powerful, yet so refined.”

Clean, Powerful Performance – V8 Engine Offers Sublime Capability

The Bentayga Diesel retains the dynamic performance of the Bentayga W12, while introducing clean technologies and enhanced range.

The next-generation 4.0-litre V8 engine, mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, develops a class-leading 435 PS (429 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb. ft.) of torque. Variable-geometry, sequential twin-scroll turbochargers are powered by the exhaust gases, while a third electric supercharger – powered by Bentley’s innovative 48V system – spools up within 30 microseconds to eliminate turbo lag. The effect is effortless, seamless power delivery across the entire engine-speed range – the quintessential Bentley driving experience.

This enables the Bentayga Diesel to deliver a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds) and a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).

An immense amount of torque is available from very low speeds, with peak torque achieved from just 1,000 rpm, for both seamless on-road performance and exemplary off-roading ability. The immediate flow of power complements the traditional, class-leading refinement and performance customers have come to expect.

The new model has also been made with a number of specific developments to provide peerless refinement. For example, the bespoke exhaust system has been acoustically engineered to be as quiet and refined as possible.

The addition of Selective Catalytic Reduction contributes to lower nitrous oxides. Combined with Bentley’s stop-start system; class-leading CO2 emissions of 210 g/km; and an impressive range of over 1,000 km between fuel stops, this technology puts the Bentayga Diesel at the forefront of advanced engine efficiency.

Contemporary, Luxurious British Design

The Bentayga Diesel demonstrates the same authentic and modern British luxury design as its W12-powered stablemate, while also benefitting from a number of unique styling additions.

A V8 Diesel badge is embedded on the lower front door edge, complemented by a new Bentley ‘twin-quad’ exhaust tailpipe design, which provide a further subtle reminder of the new engine specification.

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Further distinctive external styling cues include a bold, black matrix grille with chrome surround and central bar, which serves as a signature for the powertrain that lies behind. A new optional Mulliner Driving Specification 21” wheel – available in a silver or grey painted finish (the latter with machined accents to the spoke and rim) – can be specified, with a 20” ten-spoke alloy wheel offered as standard.

The Bentayga’s cockpit sets new standards for both luxury and precision, with meticulous tolerances between the exquisite veneered woods and metal elements.

The hand-selected veneers – including a new Liquid Amber finish introduced with Bentayga Diesel – form pure and elegant surfaces throughout the cabin. Each of the 15 pieces are shaped by Bentley’s artisans and finished with trademark Bentley attention to detail.

As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga Diesel can be handed over to the highly skilled craftspeople at Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding department, who will respond to individual customer requirements.

The Bentayga is available with an exquisite integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. For comfort in the great outdoors, sections of the hamper can be removed and used as seats.

A bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be specified. The most complex of watch mechanisms, the Mulliner Tourbillon is automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism within the car. This masterpiece is machined in solid gold (customers can select from either rose or white gold), with a choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face and decorated with eight diamond indexes.

Effortless Bentley Performance, Unrestrained by Climate or Terrain

The development programme for the Bentayga has been the most exhaustive in the Bentley brand’s history, ranging across five continents. From the dirt and gravel of South Africa and the dunes of Dubai, to the muddy fields of Cheshire, and from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat, the Bentayga’s ability to perform on any surface and even in the most extreme conditions has been proven.

The Bentayga Diesel can be specified with Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. Inherent in larger vehicles with a higher centre of gravity, this system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling.

Bentley’s adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system – which on Bentayga Diesel utilises a new lithium-ion battery system to offer even greater reserves of power – results in silent, instantaneous responses to deal with all road surfaces.

Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack ratio, permitting light and fast steering while manoeuvring at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for excellent stability at high speeds.

The Bentayga Diesel offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to the partnership of a highly sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS), the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control.

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Hill Descent Control automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed on steep declines, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering and obstacles ahead. It can be pre-set at speeds between two and 30 km/h (going in either direction) and works on gradients greater than five per cent.

As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga Diesel comes with multi-mode air suspension. The driver has four different modes to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching.

Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies

A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga Diesel an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV.

It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Settings. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).

Responsive Off-Road Settings allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving both comfort and fuel economy.

In urban environments, there are a number of driver aids available on the Bentayga Diesel. These systems – such as Traffic Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, which uses radar technology to detect crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space; and Top View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle’s surroundings – combine to enhance everyday usability.

Park Assist is also available – a system that detects suitable parking spaces (both parallel and perpendicular) before autonomous steering takes over to support parking manoeuvres, even in narrow and tricky spaces.

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Other innovative systems available include Electronic Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety.

The Bentayga’s eight-inch touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages.

Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2” Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity.

Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga Diesel: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters for unrivalled recreation of the highest audio frequencies.

Customer deliveries will begin in Europe early next year, with entry into Russia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan planned across the rest of 2017.

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