2018 Bentley Bentayga V8 Petrol gets powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo motor producing 549 hp and 770 Nm of peak torque; 0-100 kmph dealt in just 4.5 seconds
Bentley launched the Bentayga in India back in April 2016 after making its global premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The British luxury automaker added its first-ever diesel engine into the Bentayga’s lineup five months later but the 4.0-litre V8 has not made its way to India yet.
Instead, Bentley opted to bring in the V8 petrol and it has been priced at Rs. 3.78 crore (ex-showroom). It is the more powerful of the two V8s but obviously has less torque compared to the oil-burner. The 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 549 hp and 770 Nm of peak torque.
Compared to the 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbo petrol engine, it is close to 60 hp and 130 Nm down on power and torque outputs respectively. The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all the four wheels. Despite the deficiency in engine outputs, it is only four tenths slower than the standard W12 that does zero to 100 kmph in just 4.1 seconds.
The V8 petrol boasts a top speed of 290 kmph, just 11 kmph down on the W12. Due to the lower displacement and cylinder reduction, it does have better fuel consumption as Bentley claims a range of 746 km on a full tank of petrol with rated capacity at 85 litres.
Bentley has incorporated cylinder deactivation technology in the V8 petrol engine at lower speeds. Customers can choose carbon ceramic brakes with 440 mm front discs and 370 mm rear discs from the options list as well. Apart from the standard 21-inch wheels, either 20- or 22-inchers can be optioned out.
The interior gains wood and leather steering wheel, glossy carbon fibre door trim, new leather upholstery, etc. The new model is around Rs. 35 lakh cheaper than the W12 and it will face competition from upcoming rivals such as Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Visually, the V8 Bentayga remains similar to its W12 sibling expect for the addition of slightly modified front grille, new tail pipe design and red colour brake calipers.