Bentley Bentayga
(1st Gen)

1st Gen Bentley Bentayga Front Image
  • Model Year 2016 to Onwards
  • Class Full-size Luxury Crossover SUV
  • Layout Front-Engine, 4WD
  • Style 5-door SUV
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Overview

The Bentley Bentayga is a full-size, front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-door luxury crossover SUV marketed by British car manufacturer Bentley, beginning with model year 2016. Its body is manufactured at the Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel plant, then painted by Paintbox Editions in Banbury, and finally assembled at the company's Crewe factory. An evolution of the 2012 Bentley EXP 9 F concept car, the production Bentayga debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015 as Bentley's first SUV, using unibody construction and full-time all-wheel drive as well as Volkswagen Group's bi-turbo W12 engine and MLB platform, the latter shared with the second-generation Audi Q7 and the third-generation Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q8, and Lamborghini Urus. Available in seating configurations for four, five or seven, the Bentayga was claimed as SUV, which has highest top speed 187 mph (301 km/h) as well as the 2nd most expensive production SUV. The "Bentayga" name has two origins, one comes from "Roque Bentayga", an emblematic highland rock situated in massif central Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, the other one comes from a portmanteau of Bentley and Taiga, the world's largest transcontinental snow forest. Bentley officially unveiled the name "Bentayga" in January 2015. The name was inspired by the rugged peak of the Roque Bentayga in Gran Canaria, the subtropical Canary Island. Bentley also drew inspiration from taiga, the world's largest transcontinental snow forest, and is composed of the first four letters of Bentley and an altered spelling of taiga. Bentayga also means "carried interest" in Swahili. The 2016 Bentayga was the first to receive Bentley's new twin-turbo W12 engine. Initially, the W12 was the only engine option for the Bentayga, capable of bypassing 6 cylinders if needed. The 6.0L, twin-turbo will move the Bentayga from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.0 seconds all the way up to 187 mph (301 km/h). The Speed version gets 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds all the way up to 190 mph (306 km/h). Starting in 2017, the Bentayga received an additional powertrain, a diesel V8 derived from the Audi diesel V8. The diesel engine is Bentley's first-ever diesel, and the Bentayga is likely to be the only Bentley offered with a diesel powertrain. A Bentayga Diesel is spotted by either the optional badge on the front wing, or the trapezoid quad exhaust tips. The 4.0L, twin-turbo will move the Bentayga from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.6 seconds all the way up to 168 mph (270 km/h). The Bentayga V8 became available in 2018, with a focus on "Power, luxury, usability and sportiness". The V8 version will have a lower MSRP than the W12. The 4.0L, twin-turbo will move the Bentayga from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.4 seconds all the way up to 180 mph (290 km/h). Bentley has officially confirmed the Bentayga will be Bentley's first production plug-in hybrid using a petrol engine mated to several electric motors and a lithium-ion battery that should deliver around 31 miles of all-electric range. As previewed by the Bentley Mulsanne Hybrid concept car, as well as the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, the plug-in hybrid will likely have copper accents and trim along the veneers in the interior and on the outside of the vehicle, as well as copper-colour contrast stitching in the interior. The W12 Bentayga has a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h) and can go from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.0 seconds. The manufacturer self-proclaimed the vehicle to be the world's fastest production SUV in 2016. The Bentayga uses a 48 volt electrical system to control its electrically controlled active anti-roll bar (EWAS), which helps the heavy SUV reduce body roll. Originally slated by Volkswagen to be produced at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant in Slovakia, the factory where all other models based on the platform are produced, an agreement was reached with the British Government for the model to be produced at the Crewe factory. Although production of the Bentayga was moved to Crewe, initially production of the Bentayga's body shell remained at the Bratislava facility. Body shell production was moved to Volkswagen's Zwickau-Mosel plant at the end of 2016. 608 "First Edition" units were manufactured upon introduction of the Bentayga, of which 75 were allocated to be sold in the US market. Bentley's original prediction for 2016 was that 3,500 Bentaygas would be sold. When the entire production volume for the year sold out in advance, production was increased and resulted in 5,586 units being sold. These additional 1,500 units were also reserved by buyers in advance. The Bentayga had an order backlog that stretched into 2017. In some markets, the Bentayga was sold out for the next two years. The Bentley Bentayga, despite its high price tag, was an unprecedented sales success for Bentley in 2016 and Bentley's most popular model. Recall Some seats had not been secured properly during assembly, and Bentley issued a recall for 378 cars in November 2016. Mulliner is Bentley's internal customization company, which creates bespoke and limited-edition options and accessories for Bentley vehicles, including the Bentayga. Mulliner is also involved in the extensive amount of customization available in Bentaygas. A customer who orders the Bentley Bentayga is able to customize the Bentayga to their specifications quite extensively, and buyers can choose custom paint, hide, and carpet colours, and can even create their own custom colours. Customers also have the option of adding the Mulliner Turbillon dashboard clock, designed by luxury Swiss watchmaker Breitling. The clock spins 3 times every 15 minutes. Bentley has confirmed that there is a strong possibility that a Supersports version of the Bentayga will be launched within the next few years, which will use the same W12 engine but tuned to deliver even more horsepower and torque, similar to the Continental GT Supersports. Additionally, a second SUV which will be like a coupe version of the Bentayga, slightly similar to the BMW X6, will be launched in 2018, prior to the launch of the production model of the EXP 10 Six Speed concept. This second SUV will use a body that is derived from the Bentayga, but it will feature more aggressive styling, be more on-road biased, and have a more powerfully-tuned W12 engine. Soon after it was announced that Bentley had begun developing a production SUV, the company promoted the Bentayga by printing the official URL on the side of the early camouflaged test cars to leverage the press coverage by automotive photographers.


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