Bentley Bentayga Put Through Its Paces On And Off-Road

Bentley’s new Bentayga is the crème-de-la-crème of SUV’s. It’s the fastest at 187mph (301km/h), the most powerful at 600hp (608PS) and 663lb-ft, and the most expensive (at least until Rolls Royce and Lamborghini bring their SUVs to the table).

As we can see in this review from Carfection, it manages to be a versatile, true SUV when piloted off-road, without damaging the characteristics that define the Crewe marque, such as refinement, luxurious appointments and handling finesse – the latter comes courtesy of a 48-volt active stabilizer system.

The all-new 6.0-liter W12 and ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox are praised for their effectiveness, dispatching 0-62mph (100km/h) in 4-seconds flat.

A plug-in hybrid Bentayga is all-but confirmed for 2018, while being up in the air about a full electric express. A diesel engine, like the one in the Audi SQ7, is also a distinct possibility.

The reviewer remarks: “ Part of me will never truly be down with Bentley creating an SUV- no matter how good that car is. We’d prefer them to stick to making cars we’re really passionate about and want to drive ourselves. But really, that’s our hangup; that’s something we need to get over”.

With Bentley increasing capacity to meet exploding demand, we think he may be right.

By Mitchell Jones

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  • CHISELED?
    HE MUST BE LOOKING AT ANOTHER SUV.

    • Not round like a Ranger Rover 😀

  • It was made when Bentley invited them with all other journalists… Better filmed as usual, but nothing new here. Not a fan when they try to make us think they are the only one “trashing” a Bentley off road”. They all did. They just have some of the best film team.

  • James

    Look forward to actually seeing an unbiased and balanced review!

    • Matt

      Why, do you think they are lying when they say it is great to drive and capable off-road?

      Other reviews at its European launch echoed these sentiments. If it is Bentley’s biggest model investment, then you wouldn’t expect it to be bad.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I get it, finally. And it does look A LOT better in person than in pictures. The problem is the fact that it has been titled the ultimate SUV, which it is not. This is a on par with the Continental, but it does not have the room of the Flying Spur, let alone the Mulsanne. I want to see a Mulsanne style SUV, then we can award it the ultimate LUXURY SUV. Until then, this is a good start for those who have the coin.