New Bentley Bentayga Diesel Is Britain’s Posh Audi SQ7 And It Costs Twice As Much

The VW Group’s embarrassing diesel scandal hasn’t deterred Bentley from creating its first ever diesel-powered vehicle based on their…first ever SUV, the Bentayga.

Aptly (and some would say, very mainstream-ly) named the Bentagya Diesel, it shares the related Audi SQ7’s triple-charged 4.0-liter V8 diesel lump that exploits a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers and a so-called “e-booster” 48v electric supercharger to produce the same 435PS (429 HP) and 900Nm (664 pound-feet) of torque.

We don’t know if we should be surprised that Bentley announces the same 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time as the Audi SQ7 at 4.8 seconds, but instead of limiting the SUVs top speed at 155mph (250km/h) like the Germans, the Brits allow the Bentayga Diesel to reach a loftier 168mph (270km/h), which in turn, lets them brag about it being the “fastest diesel SUV in the world”.

Again, as with the SQ7 (see a pattern here?), the Bentayga Diesel mates the V8 oil-burner to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four-wheels.

Bentley boasts that the diesel-powered SUV has the lowest CO2 rating in its range at 210g/km, with a claimed –and we stress that- fuel economy of 38.5mpg UK (equal to 32.0mpg US or 7.3 l/100km).

We won’t see the Bentayga Diesel at next week’s Paris Auto Show as Bentley has decided to skip this year’s event, but the SUV will go on sale across Europe before the end of 2016, with UK prices to start from £135,800, which is £30,000 less than the W12 model, but almost double the price of the £70,000 Audi SQ7. No word yet on availability in North America, but we wouldn’t bet on it, at least not in the near future.

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  • Kanye

    Toyota I’m gonna let you finish, But Bentley had the best designs of all time!

    • Zimny Pawel

      If this is the best design of all time…, I would rather prefer Lada Niva ….. 🙂

  • Matt

    …and yet a Range Rover has more presence. This looks like a hatchback, not an SUV.

    • Erzhik

      Presence at a service center?

      • Andrewthecarguy


  • DMJ

    This thing will be one of those strange cases of sales sucess that later no one will urderstand. Like the 1st gen Panamera, that even Porsche recognizes that wasn’t well designed. Anyway, congratulations to Ferrari, very soon will be the single major luxury carmaker without any SUV in the line up. That’s what I call authenticity.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You really think Ferrari will hold out? SUV = money and every car maker wants it. I can see the Maser/Alfa SUVs spawning a Fera sooner than later.

      • DMJ

        Yes, they will hold out. They will keep their pedigree and it’s a brilliant strategy in the long term, as they will be the only ones doing that. Not even Rolls Royce will be able to say the same. And money…well, they make more money selling merchandising than others selling SUVs.

      • Vassilis

        I believe they will yes. They know what their audience is.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    This thing is $150k at best, but I see why people are paying an extra $100k for the flying B. You see one and it is instantly obvious the owner has money and is not afraid of blowing it.
    Nice pictures though


    imagine if this Bentley diesel had the same emission software as it’s VW cousins, good luck VW fighting a bunch of pissed off billionaires or their wannabes

  • TrevP

    Love the Bentley brand….but I personally like the looks of the Range Rover more than the looks of this. Bentley could have done a way better job with the exterior design in my opinion.

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