Bentley Motors has announced the full details of the world’s fastest production SUV.
The Bentayga Speed features an enhanced 466kW version of the renowned 6.0-litre W12 engine that delivers a top speed of 306km/h and 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.
Most powerful to date
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 305km/h, 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" wheel design available in three finishes and Speed signature badging add to the sporting design cues.
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 Bentayga's, 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 models 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.
The Pinnacle of SUV luxury and performance
The new model takes the Bentayga’s extraordinary abilities to new levels, boosting maximum power from 447kW in the existing 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged model to 466kW in the new Speed. Effortless acceleration is delivered thanks to 900Nm of torque.
With exceptional performance, comfort and handling, maximum speed is also increased from 301km/h to 306km/h in the new Speed, while the 0-100km/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 startup 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.
It's ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, with a maximum braking torque of 6 000Nm and engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1 000 °C. They also save more than 20kg over iron brakes.
True Bentley road presence
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.
It 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" 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.
Luxurious and unique
Handcrafted in Crewe, England, the cabin is the epitome of modern British design.
The SUV 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.
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 Bentayga's. 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