It didn’t take long, but Bentley executives confirmed to Autocar that the first year’s allocation of the Bentayga has already sold out. The car might have met with a cool reception around these parts on stylistic grounds, but clearly it’s hit the ground running, satiating a demand for top-end SUVs that even Land Rover can’t quite reach.
The car, which has a starting price of £160,200, takes over from the Range Rover as the most exclusive all-purpose car, combining an all-new W12 powertrain with usability and astonishing pace. The Crewe-built car has a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine which develops 600bhp and 663lb ft, and Bentley claims a 0-60mph time of 4.0 seconds, and a maximum speed of 187mph.
It’s been loaded with all the technology and toys you’d expect from a manufacturing group that also includes Bugatti and Lamborghini, although we can’t help but think of the Volkswagen Phaeton when we see the tech specs of this leviathan. It’s a new market sector for Bentley and clearly, if pre-launch demand is anything to go by, it’s a car that the well-heeled have been looking for. Expect a Rolls-Royce response sooner than you might think…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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