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…