The Bentley Bentayga set new requirements for SUV opulence, however with different manufacturers like rival Rolls-Royce launching ultra-luxury SUVs of their very own, Bentley wanted to up the ante. to that finish, Bentley claims its new Bentayga Velocity is the world’s quickest SUV, though it achieves that distinction by only a small margin.
Bentley claims the Bentayga Velocity will do 190 mph, which is three mph quicker than earlier than and simply 1 mph quicker than the earlier SUV velocity champ, the Lamborghini Urus. The Bentayga and Urus really share the identical primary Volkswagen Group platform, as do the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q8. Speak about sibling rivalry.
The Velocity mannequin additionally doesn’t provide an enormous leap in efficiency over the prevailing Bentayga W12 mannequin. The Velocity makes use of the identical 6.Zero-liter twin-turbocharged engine, however with an additional 26 horsepower for a complete of 626 hp. Torque will increase by simply 1 pound-foot, to 664 lb-ft. The Velocity will do zero to 60 mph in three.9 seconds, in comparison with four.1 seconds for the usual W12 mannequin, in response to Bentley.
The Bentayga Velocity retains the Bentley Dynamic Experience active-suspension system from different Bentayga fashions, which makes use of 48-volt electronics to actively counter physique roll throughout cornering. The system has been retuned for the Velocity mannequin, in response to Bentley, as have the driver-selectable sport mode and the exhaust notice. The Bentayga Velocity can also be out there with carbon-ceramic brakes, which provide higher stopping energy and scale back weight, in response to Bentley. Each are essential issues for a heavy SUV just like the Bentayga.
Styling adjustments are refined. The Velocity options extra body-color exterior trim than different Bentayga fashions, a bigger tailgate spoiler, dark-tinted grilles, and model-specific 22-inch wheels. The inside is trimmed in Alcantara, the suede-like materials that has been a staple of efficiency vehicles for years, however has by no means been supplied in Bentley’s SUV earlier than. Custom-minded patrons can go for leather-based as an alternative at no additional cost.
Bentley has been utilizing the Velocity designation to indicate sportier variations of its vehicles because the first Continental GT Velocity debuted in 2007. A evenly modified Bentayga set a document for manufacturing SUVs on the 2018 Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb; launching the Bentayga Velocity now permits Bentley to capitalize on that document and sustain with its rivals.
The Bentley Bentayga Velocity makes its public debut on the 2019 Geneva Motor Present in March, and goes on sale later this 12 months. Bentley is celebrating its centennial this 12 months, and can mark the event with a special-edition mannequin debuting alongside the Bentayga Velocity in Geneva.