• The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed Comes To Conquer The Title Of World’s Fastest SUV

It’s not as powerful as the Lamborghini Urus though

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It’s been more than three years since Bentley introduced the Bentayga, its first-ever SUV, and the highly anticipated Speed model is here to boost the nameplate’s performance pedigree even further. The first Bentley SUV to carry the badge taken from the Continental, the Bentayga Speed is the quickest, fastest, and more capable British hauler yet.

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed is Sportier, but Still Elegant

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Bentley wanted the Speed to retain the elegance of the regular Bentayga

Just like the Continental Speed, the Bentayga Speed looks sportier than the standard model, but it’s not overly aggressive. One quick look at this SUV is enough to understand that Bentley wants the Speed to retain the elegance of the regular Bentayga. This is why visual upgrades are minimal.

Up front, for instance, Bentley didn’t go beyond black grilles for the radiator and bumper and a splitter just under the apron. Sure, the Speed also features dark-tinted headlamps, but they’re not very noticeable. Onto the sides, Bentley refinished the side skirts in body color, added a "Speed" badge on the front door, and a set of unique 22-inch wheels finished in either silver, dark tint, or black.

The rear fascia carries over unchanged save for two noticeable upgrades. The diffuser-like element is now body colored, while the spoiler on the tailgate is bigger. The exhaust pipes are also slightly bigger than the standard Bentayga. My only complaint here is that Bentley should have gone with black trim instead of chrome for the taillights and license plate recess.

Exclusive Interior

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Unfortunately, the carbon-fiber trim on the door panels and dashboard is only optional

The Bentayga Speed doesn’t look sportier inside the cabin, but it boasts a number of exclusive features that aren’t offered in the regular SUV. It has brown accents on the door panels, on the edge of the seat cushions and bolsters, and the lower console, as well as new contrast stitching on the diamond quilting. Contrast stitching is available on all Bentayga models, but only the Speed version has it in the diamond quilting on the cushion bolsters, at the top of the backrests, and on the door panels.

It also comes with illuminated tread plates with "Speed" lettering and Alcantara inserts. The latter is offered in the Bentayga for the very first time. Unfortunately, the carbon-fiber trim on the door panels and the dashboard is only optional. Other options include 22-way adjustable front seats with massage function and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed Has More Power and Enhanced Performance

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Even though it's the most powerful Bentayga to date, it's a bit disappointing

The standard Bentayga was already plenty powerful at 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, but the Speed takes things to a new level with a 626-horsepower rating. But even though it’s the most powerful Bentayga to date, it’s a bit disappointing, to be honest. With the Continental GT Speed about 10 percent more powerful than the GT W12, I was expecting the Bentayga Speed to arrive with around 650 horsepower. Instead, Bentley opted for a much lower power rating. What’s more, torque remains unchanged at 664 pound-feet.

And this is a big issue, as the Lamborghini Urus, the Bentley Speed’s most important competitor, comes with 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist. The Urus is already a much more dynamic SUV, so the Bentayga Speed doesn’t stand a chance with a less powerful 6.0-liter W-12.

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While the Urus needs 3.6 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start, the Bentayga Speed will get there in 3.9 clicks

A quick look at the performance numbers and you’ll see why. While the Urus needs 3.6 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start, the Bentayga Speed will get there in 3.9 clicks. Sure, it’s two tenths quicker than the standard Bentayga, but also three tenths slower than the Urus. The good news is that the Speed package increases the SUV’s top speed from 187 to 190 mph. That’s on par with the Urus, meaning that the two now share the title for the fastest production SUV on the market.

The beefed-up W-12 engine mates to a recalibrated eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. It also features an Electronic Differential Lock and a firmer suspension. The carbon-ceramic brakes are optional though, yet another downside compared to the Urus, which comes standard with them.

How Much Does the 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed Cost?

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We don’t know that yet, but since the regular Bentayga retails from $229,100, the Speed should fetch at least $260,000 before options. This is notably more than what Lamborghini asks for the Urus, priced from "only" $200,000 in the U.S. Granted, the Bentayga has more luxury features, but it’s no match for the Urus in the power and performance departments.

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed specifications

Engine 6.0-litre W12
Horsepower 626 HP
Torque 664 LB-FT
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 3.9 seconds
Top Speed 190 mph (306 km/h)

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley Bentayga.

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Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of the world’s fastest production SUV. The Bentayga Speed features an enhanced 635 PS (626 bhp) version of the renowned 6.0-litre W12 engine that delivers a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Great Britain, the Bentayga Speed is the most powerful and performance-oriented Bentayga to date. It builds on a long tradition of Speed models that was born with the Continental GT in 2007 and pushes the boundaries of Bentayga performance further since claiming the production SUV record at the gruelling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last year.

With a top speed of 190 mph, the Bentayga Speed is our most powerful and performance-oriented variant to date.

To match the elevated levels of performance, the Bentayga Speed sports a purposeful exterior look. Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts and a striking tailgate spoiler hint at the SUV’s performance credentials. Dark-tint radiator and bumper grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design available in three finishes and Speed signature badging add to the sporting design cues.

Inside, the Bentayga Speed introduces a dramatic design theme. This includes elegantly crafted ‘swooshes’ around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console; a new contrast stitching on the diamond quilting; discreet Speed badging; a Speed illuminated treadplate signature; and the use of Alcantara materials for the first time in a Bentayga.

As with all Bentaygas, the all-wheel-drive Speed is equipped with Electronic Differential Lock and up to eight Drive Dynamics modes. Bespoke engineering revisions to the Sport mode provide a more dynamic drive, while a greater exhaust character and firmer suspension tune further increase driver engagement.

Customers can personalise the Bentayga Speed to their own requirements with a range of exclusive options. Among them are carbon ceramic brakes, 22-way adjustable front seats with massage function, carbon fibre fascia panels, Bentley rear-seat entertainment (RSE) and mood lighting.

Bentayga Speed – The Pinnacle of SUV Luxury and Performance

The new model takes the Bentayga’s extraordinary abilities to new levels, boosting maximum power from 608 PS in the existing 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged model to 635 PS (626 bhp) in the new Speed. Effortless acceleration is delivered thanks to 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) of torque.

With exceptional performance, comfort and handling, maximum speed is also increased from 187 mph (301 km/h) to 190 mph (306 km/h) in the new Speed, while the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time is reduced from 4.1 seconds to 3.9 seconds.

The performance pinnacle of the Bentayga range, Speed is equipped with four on-road Drive Dynamics modes: Comfort at one extreme, and Bentley and Sport at the other, with Custom for customers who opt to create their own driving set-up.

Uniquely in the Speed, the Sport mode has been recalibrated to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride. The effect is a more dynamic and engaging drive.

Bentley Dynamic Ride is the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. 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.

A greater exhaust character during start up and gear downshifts combines with a firmer suspension set-up to further enhance the driver experience. The Bentayga’s permanent all-wheel drive offers class-leading handling and go-anywhere ability, while powerful ceramic brakes are also an option.

The Bentayga Speed’s ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, with a maximum braking toque of 6,000 Nm and engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1,000 °C. They also save more than 20 kg over iron brakes.

True Bentley Road Presence

The Bentley Bentayga has been sculpted with an elegant, timeless execution. Now the SUV’s athletic stance has been amplified by the Speed‘s purposeful design with body coloured lower bodywork styling, body coloured front and rear bumper splitters and a striking tailgate spoiler. Discreet and elegant Speed signatures adorn the lower edges of both front doors.

The Bentayga Speed also features a body coloured screening panel underneath the lower front grille. Uniquely, the bumper and radiator grilles are a dark-tint matrix that enhances the model’s performance credentials.

Another signature feature of the Speed is the dark tint front and rear lamps. This is complemented by a new, 22-inch 10-spoke wheel design that is offered in three finishes – silver, dark tint or black, which is available for any customer who opts for Bentley’s contemporary Black Specification.

A Truly Luxurious and Unique Cabin

Handcrafted in Crewe, England, the Bentayga’s cabin is the epitome of modern British design. Bentayga Speed introduces a new colour split interior, specifically designed to highlight unique styling lines. Key to this is the use of Alcantara trim in a Bentayga for the first time.

Alcantara is a highly tactile cloth that is often the preserve of high-performance cars – it has previously been used by Bentley on models such as the Continental Supersports. According to preference, customers can revert back to leather as a no cost option on the Bentayga Speed.

The styling lines are highlighted by elegantly crafted ‘swooshes’ around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console. Contrast stitching is available on all Bentaygas. In the Speed, this is extended to include the diamond quilting on the cushion bolsters, at the top of the backrest, on the door pads and on the backboard of any Speed specified with four seats instead of five.

While Bentayga customers have the option of the Bentley wings embroidered at the top of the seat backrests, on the new Speed models these have been replaced with the word ‘Speed’, in either blind or contrast stitching. A metal Speed badge adorns the passenger side fascia, while an illuminated Speed treadplate welcomes passengers into the truly luxurious cabin.

Bentayga – The Original Luxury SUV

Go-anywhere driving ability and imperious luxury are the hallmarks of the Bentley Bentayga. Powerful, individual and exquisite in equal measure, the Bentayga is for those who demand luxury without compromise.

The multi-award-winning Bentayga set the luxury SUV benchmark, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions.

Sculpted with an elegant, timeless execution, the Bentayga’s style perfectly balances athleticism with confidence.

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