Bentley has recently revealed its facelifted Bentayga which is now the fastest ‘Speed’ model to usher in the styling changes. Even though it still looks like a grand country mansion, it has received the new tail-lights borrowed from the Continental GT.
“It may not be a sports car, but the Bentayga Speed lives up to its name brilliantly as it is officially the fastest SUV in the world.”
The British SUV clocks 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds on the way to a 190mph (306km/h) top speed whereas the Lamborghini Urus only manages 305km/h. The cultured Bentley also continues to use the 6.0-litre W12 engine with 626bhp which if we are honest, it is more than enough for a suited SUV.
There’s a new ‘sail’ mode, which is the Bentley land yacht’s version of coasting. When the eight-speed auto is in fifth or above, a torque converter kicks in to allow freewheeling when you take your foot off the accelerator (on a flat road). That automatic gearbox is also calibrated especially for the Speed, with the addition of a ‘Sport’ mode that seems to be a misfit in a Bentley. The mountain of power also calls for huge brakes, and you can even spec carbon-ceramic ones capable of withstanding 1000 degrees. On top of that, the driver can control the air suspension, engine response and exhaust note.
One can also spot the Speed by its tinted light clusters, sporty bumpers and a boot spoiler that wouldn’t look out of place on the most outlandish hot hatches. It rides on 22-inch wheels and gets a few Speed badges, just so that everyone knows that this isn’t just a boring Bentley. There are over 60 paint colours with the option of two-tone paint.
Choosing the perfect interior spec, too, will be very hard as the British Marque is offering different options and upholstery choices that should be taken into consideration. As standard, Alcantara (Because all “race” cars have it) is applied to the steering wheel, seats and gear lever among other areas – but leather can be chosen instead, which seems more in keeping with the Bentayga’s class image.
The Speed also got the Bentayga’s new 10.9-inch infotainment system, which now fits the whole display and is said to be better to use. There are upgrades to the head-up display, an embedded SIM for extra connectivity and wireless Apple CarPlay for the first time. In terms of connectivity, the Bentayga offers live traffic updates, predictions for when traffic lights will turn green and all the remote app-based features we’ve come to expect.
“If all the chrome (bling bling) isn’t your sort of thing, the Black Package turns all the shiny bits to black.”
Some bits, like the wheels, are finished in gloss, while other aspects like the big spoiler are carbon fibre.