Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner
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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Bentley Chief Talks Shop About Possible New SUV & Sports Car Models
Bentley has made no bones about expanding its lineup. What was once a company that only had the Continental as a model, Bentley has slowly built up a lineup that now includes the Mulsanne, Flying Spur, and the recently launched Bentayga SUV. With all four models already in the market, the British automaker is looking ahead to a fifth, and possibly sixth model. The only question, which one is going to come first. Autocar caught up with Bentley chief Wolfgang Dürheimer to discuss which of the two models – a sportier version of the Bentayga, or a production version of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept – is Bentley preparing first.
According to Dürheimer, no decision has been made on that front but he did indicate that both models could be developed one after the other. For a long time, it was believed to be that the sporty SUV was the next model up for Bentley. But the success and overwhelmingly positive reception the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept received at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show has given Bentley a good problem on its hands.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long for an answer as Dürheimer promised an answer “by the end of the year.” And for what it’s worth, the automaker is already working on both, but finances and manpower prevent them from doing both models at the same time. Still, it’s good to know that Bentley isn’t making an “either-or” choice on the matter. It plans to build both; it just depends on which model it wants to do first.
Either way, expect both the sporty Bentayga SUV and the sports car, reportedly named the Barnato, to both arrive by 2020. That timetable ties into the company’s plan to grow its sales volume to 20,000 sold units per year by 2025. Likewise, the timetable for both cars figures into Bentley’s other plan of investing £840 million in infrastructure, processes and technical equipment by the end of 2018.
The wheels are definitely spinning over in Crewe, U.K. as Bentley continues to ramp up its long-term plan of becoming a bigger player in the premium markets of the auto industry.
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Tesla Model X P90D vs. Bentley Bentayga – The ultimate showdown: Video
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.
Bentley Preparing Faster And More Powerful Bentayga SUV
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
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.
Bentley Leaves Door Open For a Future All-Electric Model, Bentayga SUV To Get Hybrid Model
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
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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Bentley’s family of models will soon get bigger now that the British automaker has confirmed plans to add two more models to its lineup. The two vehicles are said to a compact SUV that will eventually slot below the Bentayga and a sports car that will set its sights on Aston Martin.
The decision to green light these new models comes as part of a bigger plan by Bentley to double its sales volume to around 25,000 units per year. The launch of the Bentayga SUV is already part of that same plan.
As far as priorities are concerned, the crossover will take precedence over the sports car as Bentley tries to capitalize on the momentum gained by the buzz surrounding the Bentayga. The crossover is expected to be launched in three years sporting different powertrain options, including a V-8, diesel, and hybrid versions. The yet-to-be-named crossover will also receive a modern styling that will appeal to the younger generation, a market that Bentley admittedly is still trying to reach.
As soon as it’s released, the company is expected to shift its focus on a new sports car that’s been described within Bentley as a “small soft-roadster” that will likely be based on the EXP10 Speed Six that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Details are bare on this car, but there is word that it would include a four-wheel-drive battery electric unit that can power the car to a top speed of around 200 mph. If the crossover’s timetable doesn’t experience any snags, a concept version of the sports car could make its debut sometime in 2017, with a production timetable of around 2020.
Once both models are in the market, Bentley is confident that it can boost the company’s sales volume right in the neighborhood of its 25,000 units per year target.
Note: Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept pictured here.
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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.
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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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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
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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