The first-ever SUV from Bentley’s stable, called the Bentayaga, made its world premiere last September at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The fastest and most expensive SUV in the world is handcrafted and engineered in Crewe, England. Described also as “the most luxurious and most exclusive SUV”, its original shape was heavily revised after a concept showed at the 2012 Geneva show floundered to impress show-goers and management at the VW Group.
The British luxury auto manufacturer has confirmed the SUV’s launch for India. It’s is scheduled to arrive on April 22nd and uses the large-vehicle iteration of the VW Group’s new MLB-Evo platform that underpins the Porsche Cayenne and the forthcoming Audi Q7. It measures 5,141 mm in length, 2,223 mm in width and 1,742 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,992 mm.
In the shade of ‘Bentayaga Bronze’, the first model of the Bentayaga has been spied on the streets of Delhi several times. It will be available with a price range between Rs. 4 crore and Rs. 5 crore for the top-end variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi). In the UK, it was sold out for the first production year as soon it was revealed and reports indicate all the 20 units allocated for India have been sold as well. Here’s the spy video courtesy of Petrolhead 700 Youtube channel:
The Bentayaga’s body is the industry’s largest single aluminium pressing and it has a computer controlled air spring system, by which, the hill descent, ride height, damping, roll control etc can be adjusted by the driver. It also features quick acting, 48V anti-roll bar system, four selectable on-road and as much off-road driving modes, a special trailer assist feature and a new electrically assisted system with variable rack and pinion.
The Bentayaga SUV is powered by a thoroughly redesigned 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine with improved efficiency of 11.9% and reduced weight by 30 kilos. It develops a massive power output of 600 hp at 5,250 rpm and the huge peak torque of 900 Nm is delivered at 1,350 rpm. The engine comes mated with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission driving all four wheels permanently.
It goes from 0 to 100 kmph in as low as 4 seconds while topping out 301 kmph (187 mph) – brilliant figures for a car that has kerb weight of 2,422 kg. It boasts the signature round-ish LED headlamps and 22-inch alloy wheels on the outside with a floating digital instrument cluster, quilted and handcrafted leather seats with multiple adjustments adorning the beautifully sculpted interiors.