Rolls-Royce CEO Calls The Bentley Bentagya A Camouflaged Audi Q7

Bentley and Rolls-Royce occasionally engage in some friendly competition but it appears the pleasantries are over as Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has dismissed the Bentley Bentagya as a poser.

Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Müller-Ötvös said “We are not using mass-manufactured body shells. That limits what you can do on the design side and it undermines exclusivity massively.” The executive then went for the jugular by saying “You don’t want a camouflaged [Audi] Q7 in that segment. You want to have a true Rolls-Royce.”

According to Müller-Ötvös, the fact that the Cullinan rides on a Rolls-Royce specific platform makes it far more prestigious than the Bentagya which is underpinned by the MLB Evo architecture that is shared with the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and Lamborghini Urus.

Müller-Ötvös declined to elaborate on the company’s first crossover but it will likely be powered by a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 563 hp (420 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. The crossover could also come equipped with laserlight headlights and a self-leveling air suspension that makes millions of calculations every second and reacts to steering, acceleration, and camera inputs.

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  • Six_Tymes

    well duh, it is. BUT the camouflage is obviously spot on.

    • HUBEMX

      Not really. Is ugly as hell.

      • Kax

        They look good in real life. Much better than the photos… I don’t think they’ve found it’s angle. lol. I hated it before seeing one.

  • Knuckle Buck

    Real talk yo!

  • haudit

    The Rolls-Royce Ghost, Dawn and Wraith are all derived from the same architecture as the previous generation F01 BMW 7-Series. Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    • I’mCallingYouOut

      I was come here to make the same comment.

      • benT

        was you?

        • I’mCallingYouOut


    • Bo Hanan

      If the glass house cost upwards of $300,000, then yeah…

  • Sakir

    Ok im not a fan of the bentayga but at least they dont use vw polo switch and buttons
    Like Rolls do with BMW buttons in a 300000€ car…

    • Vassilis

      Well, Bentley still has a 15 year-old VAG shifter gate in the Continental.

  • getoffme

    Not quite. It is actually a Volkswagen.

    • Elmediterraneo

      The platform, the steering wheel and the electronics comes from Audi.
      The gearbox is a standard 8 speed automatic ZF called Tiptronic in the VW group.
      The W12 engine is from Volkswagen and the diesel V8 is from Audi.

  • Elmediterraneo

    Name : Torsten Müller-Ötvös
    Job : Rolls-Royce CEO
    Hobbies : Make jokes about the Bentley Bentayga while he’s preparing to do the same thing with a BMW X7…

    • donald seymour

      You know, I don’t know if the x7 will exist but if it do than yeah, you’re right.

  • Erzhik

    He isn’t exactly wrong.

  • Akira

    And his cars aren’t just camouflaged bmws? I can’t to see their SUV based on the X5…

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Did you not read the article? At worst it would be based on the X7.

  • MMNYC18

    Meow! Well, I’m not a fan of the Bentayga (yes, it does in size and exterior detail read as a VW group product – sorry Bentley) and am unconvinced the RR will look anything but garish. If I was in the market for a big thirsty big $ truck the Range Rover still looks the most correct IMHO, and is the best off-road piece of equipment.

  • Cobrajet

    It’s a Bentley Cayenne.

    • Matt

      The current Cayenne sits on a different platform, so not quite.

    • benT

      it’s a Bentley C’nardly

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        So it Bentleys down one hill and C’nardly get up the next??

        • benT

          Si !
          also C’nardly keep up with its own shadow………………..


  • donald seymour

    It’s about to get real.

  • PK

    so then what am i suppose to call the new rr suv? the bmw cullinan? the rolls royce x7?

  • Cobrajet

    I not against the idea of Bentley SUV per se. But this is looks as wrong as Harley Davidson making a sport bike.

  • exeptor

    Bentagya doesn’t looks much better on real as on the pictures, but for sure it has some presence. Partially because it is huge and maybe because it has a bit distinctive design. Not saying that I like it or will buy it (if I can :)), but I really don’t understand all this hate about this car. If we have to trash like a pro then all sayings about Bentagya are valid for the segment (SUV) in general.

  • Chad Gordon

    I’ll go further, It looks like a Toureg with a bad body kit…

  • Enter Ranting

    Wait, the name of the classic British luxury car maker is Torsten Müller-Ötvös? Uh huh. British.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      What? What are you saying with your comment?

  • MonkeyRider

    What is Bentagya? or is it Bentayga?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    A bit unbecoming of you Rolls.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    And he’d be right…

  • Kax

    It is. Every other car company does this but Ford seems to one the only one attacked for it.