Bentley reveals 626bhp Bentayga Speed

Marco Green
August 14, 2020

"The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world, but more than that, it's also the most luxurious version of the new Bentayga - the best of both worlds, the pinnacle". The facelifted SUV is the latest entrant in the British automaker's Speed line-up.

Powering the Bentayga Speed is a 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine producing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque available between 1,500 rpm and 5,000 rpm. This time, the Bentayga Speed will be the only W12-powered Bentayga model in the line-up, as the base model will remain V8-powered.

That massive performance figure helps propel the hefty SUV from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 190mph. The 2021 Bentayga Speed has an increased top-speed of 306 kmph.

As before, an eight-speed automatic transmission is the standard pairing for the engine, as is an all-wheel drive system. Bentley claims "a more dynamic and engaging drive", which for something that was already eminently capable of covering great distances at enormous pace in pre-update form, is quite the promise.

The Speed rides on 22-inch alloys as standard. Bentley then uses gloss black paint on the rear bumper diffuser, roof rails, exhaust tips and wheels. Dark-tint tail lamps complete the Speed exterior signature.

While perfectly blending performance and luxury is undoubtedly the Bentayga Speed's main game, efficiency has also been given a priority and as such the big W12 can shut down up to half of its cylinders while cruising, alternating between banks to prevent catalytic converter cool down and subsequent exhaust emission spikes. Elegantly crafted "swooshes" of contrast leather swipe around the doors, along the edges of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console. New lights front and rear, a desperately needed infotainment touchscreen upgrade inside, and mostly the same deeply impressive, richly over-specified mechanicals under the re-drawn skin. Navigation is improved with a three-dimensional building display, satellite maps, content in the driver's next generation Head-Up Display and several other useful features. New USB Type-C ports and a wireless phone charger are part of the standard kit as well. The display brings a contemporary look to the cockpit, can be customised to the driver's requirements and features real-time lighting effects with elegant animations.

Lastly, Bentayga Speed buyers will have the choice of optioning the "Black Specification".

The multi-award-winning Bentayga set the luxury SUV benchmark when it was launched in 2015, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions.

The Speed also keeps its optional (at almost £12k), enormous carbon ceramic brakes, which remain the largest of any production auto, to slow things down.

Where the updated Bentayga Speed really stands apart compared to its predecessor is the more handsome styling, which also graces the rest of the updated Bentayga range.

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