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2021 Bentley Bentayga S

The Bentayga S features the same drivetrain specs as the Bentayga V-8, but comes with a new Dynamic Ride system and some aesthetic upgrades

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Bentley seems to have stepped on the gas here to pump the sales numbers and attract a wider audience base. After refreshing the Bentayga and the Bentayga Speed for the 2021 model year, the automaker has now announced a new trim in the lineup called the Bentayga S. It comes with a V-8 engine at heart and features a few aesthetic upgrades inside out. But, the highlight here is the introduction of the Bentley Dynamic Ride system. So, at the core, the USP of this fourth Bentayga model is its dynamic on-road performance.

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    180 mph
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    210000 (Est.)
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What Powers The Bentley Bentayga S?

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On the outside stuff like the grille, tailpipes, and window sills are blacked out. Even the headlights and taillights receive a dark tint

The Bentayga S is the fourth model in the lineup after the Bentayga V-8, Bentayga Speed, and the Bentayga Hybrid.

The Bentayga S is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes 542 horses and 568 pound-feet of twist.

The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. It takes 4.4 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest and has a top speed of 180 mph. The power outputs and the performance specs are identical to the Bentayga V-8.

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What sets the Bentayga S apart is the introduction of the Bentley Dynamic Ride technology. The automaker had earlier equipped in the Continental GT Speed, too. This is essentially an electric active roll control tech that features a motorized 48-volt system to prevent body roll. The system can generate up to 959 pound-feet of resistance in just 0.3 seconds to counter the cornering forces and keep the body stable. With this, you can carve the corners at high speeds confidently.

It also comes with a new Sport model that increases the air suspension damping by 15-percent. The brake system is also recalibrated. Apart from this, the Bentayga S benefits from a new sports exhaust system with free-flowing primary and secondary pipes for those added grunts and blurbs.

2022 Bentley Bentayga S specifications
Engine 4.0-litre, twin-scroll turbocharged V8
Power 542 HP
Torque 568 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.4 seconds
Top Speed 180 mph

How Different Is The Bentayga S On The Outside?

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When compared to the Bentayga V-8, the Bentayga S comes with a few differentiating factors. For starters, it comes with 22-inch wheels as standard as opposed to a 21-inch set on the Bentayga V-8. Stuff like the grille, tailpipes, and window sills are blacked out. Even the headlights and taillights receive a dark tint. ‘S’ badge replaces the ‘V8’ badge on the front door. Finally, a new spoiler graces the rear and extends the roofline.

What’s Different On The Inside Of The Bentayga S?

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The SUV comes with a new fluted seat design that can be had in a four-, five-, or seven-seat configuration

The SUV comes with a new fluted seat design that can be had in a four-, five-, or seven-seat configuration. Not just the seats, even the gear lever, steering wheel, and the headliner come wrapped in Alcantara. ‘S’ motifs are embroidered on the seat backrests to differentiate it from the standard V-8 Bentayga.

A 10.9-inch touchscreen is present on the center console. The automaker updated it for the 2021 range and it is said to be brighter and has a higher resolution when compared to the previous model. It supports wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto as standard.


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An eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive system are standard

There’s no word on the pricing, but we expect it to be slot between the Bentayga V-8 and the Bentayga Speed. The 2021 Bentley Bentayga V-8 starts at $183,425 whereas the Speed sits at the top of the throne with a price tag of $251,425. Going by this, the Bentayga S could be priced at a little over $210,000.

The company didn’t specifically announce the arrival date, but this fourth Bentayga model is already up on the official website and even the configurator is live, so it means it is available for bookings now.

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Bentley has today announced details of the new Bentayga S, bringing extra sporting agility to the Bentayga family. With striking design cues and unique detailing, the Bentayga S is the latest version of Bentley’s benchmark, go-anywhere luxury SUV, designed and engineered in the UK and manufactured in Bentley’s carbon-neutral factory in Crewe.

For the first time since the launch of Bentayga in 2015, an S version is now available – reflecting feedback from the huge number of customers that enjoy the dynamic performance of their Bentayga on-road. Building on Bentley’s established ‘S’ brand, the new enhanced sports Bentayga provides an even more engaging drive, with Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll control fitted as standard and an enhanced Sports chassis mode. A 15 per cent increase in damping stiffens the chassis and provides a platform for a more dynamic SPORT mode ESC tune.

Bentayga S also features a revised visual presence through the distinctive addition of black details, and a more sporting soundtrack courtesy of a newly designed, free-flowing sports exhaust – both of which increase the Bentayga’s already imposing presence on the road.

The Bentayga S is distinguished by a range of distinctive exterior features, including new unique 22” wheels with three finishes, innovative ‘S’ badges positioned on the lower edge of the front doors, and Blackline Specification as standard. The profile has increased presence due to the larger rear spoiler, gloss black side sills and lower bumpers, front and rear. Dark tint lenses to head lamps and tail lamps, black door mirrors and black split oval tailpipes complete the striking exterior.

Inside a luxuriously refined cabin, a unique Bentayga S style can be found using new seats, unique stitching, a new colour split and Alcantara® to reflect the striking exterior and increased dynamic ability. Colour accents on the instrument panel, centre console, door pads and seat bolsters as well as Alcantara® to seat cushion and back inserts, steering wheel and gear lever, give the Bentayga S a bold and contemporary style. ‘S’ badges can be found on the passenger fascia as well as new graphics in the driver’s instrument panel and illuminated treadplates, denoting the model.

Bentley’s sector-defining and market-leading luxury SUV is available in four, five or seven seat configurations, and since it entered the market in 2016, more than 25,000 customers have taken delivery of a Bentayga. The fourth model in the Bentayga range joins the efficient plug-in Hybrid, the 4.0-litre turbocharged V8, and the powerful 6.0-litre, 12-cylinder Speed.

Sublime Power and Performance
The Bentayga S features Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre, twin-scroll turbocharged V8 petrol engine, combining immense power with impressive fuel economy. The latest-generation engine develops 542 bhp (550 PS) and 568 lb.ft. (770 Nm) of torque, with a 0-60 mph (0–100 km/h) time of 4.4 (4.5) seconds and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). This class-leading performance is complemented by a range of 406 miles (654 km), with CO2 emissions of 294 g/km.

Deploying the power as effectively as possible, Bentley Dynamic Ride is fitted as standard and was the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. The system can react within 0.3s with up to 1,300 Nm of torque to counteract lateral rolling forces when cornering, ensuring maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling.

Similar to the recently launched Continental GT Speed, where the boundaries of grand touring comfort versus engaging performance have been extended through chassis mode selection, the Bentayga S now offers increased capability through an enhanced SPORT mode over a standard Bentayga.

In SPORT, improved steering feel, greater turn-in response and further reduced body-roll is possible due to an additional 15 per cent increase in air suspension damping and a unique Electronic Stability Control and Bentley Dynamic Ride tune.

Recalibration of Bentley’s Torque Vectoring by Brake system – whereby the car lightly brakes the inside rear wheel at corner entry to sharpen the front axle turn-in – has made Bentayga S even more responsive to drive.

A new sports exhaust is included as standard, with free-flowing primary and secondary pipes improving flow and combining with reduced perforations in the muffler to deliver enhanced character and volume, giving a more performance-oriented feel.

The Bentayga’s comprehensive off-road abilities remain, with the optional All-Terrain Specification bringing four dedicated off-road modes (Snow and Wet Grass, Dirt and Gravel, Mud and Trail, and Sand) along with a 500 mm wading depth.

Bentayga ‘S’ - True Road Presence
The youthful, muscular exterior design of the new Bentayga S reflects a truly dynamic driving experience. Stylish and purposeful in equal measure, the sporting nature of the Bentayga S is clearly visible from every angle, and made more dramatic with a suite of changes that change the character of the car both inside and out.

The Bentayga’s already striking road presence is amplified still further on the ‘S’ with black treatment to all exterior brightware, matched with black door mirrors and black-painted side sills. These features are enhanced by dark tint treatment to the headlamps and elliptical tail lamps, together with new high gloss black on the lower bumper grilles. A larger rear spoiler on the Bentayga S that both extends the roofline in profile and provides increased aerodynamic stability at speed is complemented by black painted, split oval, sport exhaust tailpipes, and unique exterior badging.

The new unique 22” wheel style is dramatic and mirrored from the centre line of the vehicle, ensuring that the spokes (appearing like ‘scythes’), point in the same direction on both sides of the vehicle. Available in three finishes, silver painted is standard, with full gloss black or black and bright polished being optional. The black and bright polished wheel is highly labour intensive – firstly the rim is ceramic polished, before the bright areas are masked off to allow for gloss black paint to be applied, ahead of a final finish - polished by hand.

A Unique Cabin - Luxuriously Equipped
The ‘S’ colour split introduces Alcantara® to the cabin of the V8-powered Bentayga, across the seat cushions and back rest centre panels, gear lever, steering wheel, upper trim and headlining creating a performance-focused yet luxurious interior.

A new fluted seat design is available in four, five and seven seat configurations. The introduction of a new, unique and modern seat design provides a more sporting aesthetic with clean simple stitch lines through the shoulder areas. The new stitching design defines the fluting, available to match either primary or secondary hide colour, and combines with the Alcantara® elements to complete the new aesthetic. The seat backrests are finished with an embroidered ‘S’ motif.

A unique and elegant fascia badge adorns the dashboard in front of the passenger, with a similarly themed Bentayga S treadplate that illuminates when stepping in or out of the vehicle.

The Bentayga S shares a fully digital driver’s information panel with the Bentayga Speed, with pronounced dial graphics that take influence from high-end chronographs. The display brings a contemporary look to the cockpit, can be customised to the driver’s requirements and features real-time lighting effects with elegant animations.

The high-resolution screen can be viewed in either Classic or Expanded format. In Classic, the display shows the traditional two-dial design of speedometer and tachometer. In Expanded, the right dial is replaced with an area for maps and media information.

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