The Bentley Bentayga Gets a Twin-Turbocharged V-8 Option

The Bentley Bentayga Gets a Twin-Turbocharged V-8 Option

Bentley has unveiled a V8 petrol-powered variant of its Bentayga SUV.

The Bentayga V8's 2395kg kerb weight to the Diesel's 2506 and the W12's 2440kg means that efficiency is up, too, with stop-start technology contributing to claimed average fuel economy of 24.8mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions of 260g/km to the other cars' respective 35.8mpg and 210g/km and 21.6mpg and 296g/km. Despite these impressive power figures, the Bentayga V8 has a range of 468 miles and can do 24.8 mpg thanks to cylinder deactivation and Stop-Start technology.

Despite that, Bentley calls the Bentayga V8 is "the most sporting guise to date" of its luxury SUV. It is also the largest and the most powerful ones ever fitted to a Bentley, and the largest front brake system available on any production vehicle.

That's a touch slower than the W12 Bentayga - both to 62mph and top speed - but in the real world you'll bn hard pushed to tell the difference, and the lighter engine in the nose should improve dynamics on Bentley's "Sporty" Bentayga.

Finally, for those interested in fuel economy, the V8 has a claimed combined fuel consumption of 11.4 l/100 km (24.8 mpg UK), with corresponding Carbon dioxide emissions of 260 g/km. The discs measure 17.3 inches up front and 14.5 inches in the rear, sitting inside 10-piston calipers, and this braking system can provide 4,425 lb-ft of maximum braking torque to all four wheels. There's a third choice: a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 gasoline engine that makes 550 hp (542 bhp) at 6,000 rpm and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm.

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Like the standard Bentayga, air suspension is fitted on the V8 petrol variant and the auto comes equipped with a choice of on- and off-road drive settings via Bentley's Drive Dynamics Mode and optional All-Terrain Specification.

Apart from the noise the various Bentayga models make, there's not much differentiating them.

USA pricing hasn't been announced yet, but in the United Kingdom the Bentayga V8 will have a starting price of about $186,000. There's hill descent control as standard too, and a switch in the boot that can lower the Bentayga's suspension if required to help when loading the vehicle.

Inside, customers can choose a four, five or even seven-seat configuration for ultimate versatility, and driver aids include adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and park assist, along with infrared night vision and a head-up display. Passengers in the back can utilize the crossover's 10-inch removable Android tablets with 4G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi capabilities.

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