New Bentley SUV Heartbeat Sparked by 12-Cylinder Engine

Sep 21, 2015

Bentley Motors has given full details of its new luxury SUV model, the Bentayga.

With an all-new W12 powertrain, the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world, according to Bentley.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, England, the Bentayga’s styling includes four round LED headlamps, a large matrix grille, and a distinctive muscular body. The Bentley Bentayga cabin includes detailing in metal, wood and leather.

An all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga. The 12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with high levels of power and torque, according to Bentley. With 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivering a 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 187 mph.

The new W12 uses both direct and indirect fuel injection. Switching seamlessly between the two technologies, the combination of these systems maximizes refinement, delivers low particulate emissions and maximizes power and torque delivery, according to Bentley. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission and four-wheel-drive system has been strengthened to handle the demands and high torque levels of off-road driving.

“The Bentayga is truly the Bentley of SUVs. It redefines luxury in the SUV sector and offers a genuine Bentley experience in any environment, thanks to a combination of unparalleled attention to detail, go-anywhere ability and cutting-edge technology,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors. “With this extraordinary car, we are looking forward to an exciting period of strong growth and sales success for Bentley. The Bentayga is the next step in our brand’s bold future.”

The Bentayga will fulfill customer deliveries as soon as early 2016, according to Bentley. The Bentayga made its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show in Germany.