This is the new Bentley Bentayga Speed, the awaited performance version of an already quite powerful luxury SUV.
Bentley claims that the new Bentayga Speed is the world’s new fastest SUV, featuring a top speed of 190 mph (305km/h) which is 0.5 mph quicker than what the previous record holder, the Lamborghini Urus, can achieve (189.5 mph).
Power comes from an updated version of the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine, which now offers 626hp (635PS) and 664lb-ft (900Nm) of torque. Compared to the regular Bentayga, the Speed variant offers 26hp more but the same amount of torque. 0-62mph (100km/h) is now a matter of 3.9 seconds (down from 4.1).
From the outside, the new Bentayga Speed distinguishes itself with dark-tint headlights, radiator and bumper grilles, model-specific 22-inch alloy wheels, body-colored side skirts, a noticeable tailgate spoiler and discreet ‘Speed’ badging.
The theme continues inside with a unique color-split theme that blends Alcantara, leather and lots of diamond quilting. In fact, this is the first time Bentley uses Alcantara in a Bentayga. A metal ‘Speed’ badge is mounted on the passenger side fascia while illuminated ‘Speed’ treadplate is also found on the side sills.
Chassis revisions include a recalibrated Sport mode for better response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as a firmer suspension and an updated version of Bentley’s Dynamic Ride system. The latter was the first active roll control system in the market that runs through a 48-volt electrical system.
The exhaust has also been tweaked for added character (that’s PR talk for louder) while the optional ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley.
Bentley will bring the new Bentayga Speed at the Geneva Motor Show for its public debut.