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.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Bentley SUV.

Spy Shots

Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Testing Close To The Nurburgring Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Testing Close To The Nurburgring Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Bentley SUV Testing Close To The Nurburgring Exterior Spyshots
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Visually, very little has changed since we last saw the SUV in August 2014. The body is still wrapped in black camouflage, although a couple of features such as the massive front grille and the skid plate are now out in the open. The wheels are different as well, with multi-spoke rims replacing the five-spoke rollers the SUV was spotted with earlier this year.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the SUV is underpinned by a brand-new platform that will find its way into a handful of Volkswagen Group cars, including the second-gen Audi Q7 and the next-generation Porsche Cayenne. The new chassis enables Bentley to use a smart air suspension that will allow the SUV to perform more like a Continental GT rather than a lumbering barge.

Under the hood, we expect the "Falcon" to sport two different engines. The entry-level model will be powered by a twin-turbo V-8, with the pricier models to carry massive W-12 powerplants, similar to the powertrain setup in the Continental line. The SUV’s global debut is expected in late 2015 as a 2016 model.

Why It Matters

Bentley’s first SUV is rapidly shaping into a production-ready vehicle. It’s been less than five months since the SUV showed up in public disguised as an Audi Q7, and now it is already wearing its very own sheet metal. Sure, the camouflage is there to obstruct our view, but the SUV is obviously designed around Bentley’s current styling language. Is the car of your dreams a perched Continental GT wagon? It’s here and it’s ready to take on the Nurburgring track.

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