2017 Bentley Bentayga

by Mike Hunter

This is a fast and nimble SUV. With a 0 to 60 in only 4 seconds, the Bentley Bentayga is meant to truly impress. If you can have it all, this is a must-have with its 6.0-liter engine that accelerates to a top speed of 187 mph — making it the world’s fastest SUV.

The advanced 12-cylinder engine also is so technologically advanced that it claims a 21.6-mpg fuel consumption and features the first-ever combination of direct-injection and port-injection technologies in a production engine from Bentley. It switches between the two to deliver the most efficient performance. The technology introduces the latest twin-scroll turbochargers, engineered for optimum response and thus removing any hint of turbo lag.

While powerful and sporty, this is a sports utility vehicle — living up to other all-terrain, all-purpose SUVs in every way — but with the most luxury of luxury vehicles. It has Mulliner (the British coachbuilder) Driving Specification fitted as standard and a choice of more paint colors than any other SUV. Bentayga brings together outstanding performance and unparalleled levels of luxury on and off road. Bentayga includes a full leather-trimmed interior with a choice of 15 standard colors for hides and carpets. You can choose between five standard color splits, including a new duo-tone color split, to add a sporting touch to Bentayga’s seats.

Bentayga has many features that make every occasion special, with its innovative Event Seat being a perfect example. The patented sliding and folding seat coming off the tailgate is trimmed in leather and finished with diamond quilting — allowing for a grandstand view, shaded by the open tailgate during the day or illuminated by the built-in stage lighting from above at night. This feature is available on both the four- and five-seat configurations.

City: 14 mpg
Hwy: 20 mpg
0-60: 4.0 sec
Trans: 8-speed automatic
MSRP: $229,100


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