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Bentley takes its first steps into the globe of the sport utility vehicle that will is actually Bentley taking an entirely completely new direction – although that will completely new SUV, the Bentayga, certainly still looks like a Bentley.Whether the item feels like one or not we’ll come to in a moment, yet for currently, no question, aesthetically the item has the cues.The strong rear haunch, the diamond grilling on the front: I’m no arbiter of a car’s appearance (for which Bentley should probably be grateful), yet if the task was to make the item look instantly recognisable, the first job is actually done.The Bentayga is actually an example of how gracefully Bentley’s type line-up has evolved since Volkswagen took ownership of the company in 1998. You can think of the item as only the third ‘completely new’ type to have arrived since: if, like I do, you count the Mulsanne as a replacement for the Arnage, thereby the Flying Spur saloon as well as Continental coupé/convertible as the different two ‘completely new’ type lines. that will is actually at least as significant as those two: an example of the motor industry’s overdue recognition that will people who have an awful lot of money do not necessarily want to be constantly photographed driving a supercar or mistaken for an airport limousine driver. So they buy Range Rovers specified to the heavens – a fact Land Rover recently seems to have appreciated, too. I’ve often wondered how far up the food chain the limits of SUVs run, as well as have suspected the item’s quite a lot further even than that will £0,0 Bentayga. I suppose Rolls-Royce will find out soon enough.Meantime, though, the Bentley. Like the Flying Spur as well as Continental before the item, the item takes full advantage of Volkswagen Group’s ownership of the British firm.Beneath the item is actually, ostensibly, the completely new MLB-Evo architecture that will also underpins Audi’s flagship SUV, the Q7 – a car whose cost has dipped into six figures, if you remember. as well as the item’s a car that will is actually already pretty vast, so at 5.14m long the Bentayga isn’t that will much bigger again. At nearly three metres, the wheelbase is actually within 2mm of the Q7’s as well as the Bentley will later offer seven seats – though there are no more than several for currently.Coming later too will be hybrid as well as diesel powerplants, yet sensibly enough, via the start Bentley is actually only offering what’ll be the top-spec motor (until a Speed edition arrives): a completely new variant of the 6.0-litre W12 engine. Because, let’s face the item, if you’ve a car which has a 2420kg kerb weight as well as yet, because you’re Bentley, you want the item to reach 60mph in 4.0sec as well as a top speed of 187mph, you’re going to need 12 cylinders as well as two turbochargers. If that will sounds thirsty, the item is actually. There’s cylinder shut-down as well as that will completely new unit is actually 30kg lighter than its predecessor, yet still the item only returns 21.6mpg on the combined cycle as well as emits 297g/km of CO2. During its day with us, although I’ll concede we drove the item pretty hard, the item returned little more than half of the combined figure.Those aren’t the kinds of numbers that will Bentley would likely rather you focused on. Instead, try some of these: there are 17 standard, 0 extended paint colours (as well as any different on request); there are 15 standard leather hide colours to choose via as well as seven different species of veneer. Again, if you want more, just ask. Our test car rolled up with £48,000 worth of options, which would likely by no means be an unusual order.Inside there are a few cues that will that will is actually a VW Group type, yet no more than you’ll find in a Continental – as well as the Bentayga benefits here via being based on the latest VW architecture.Instead of the chunky old gearlever that will occupies about a third of the transmission tunnel, the completely new electronic controller for the eight-speed transmission leaves more room around the item for additional switches as well as convenience features. Ditto the steering wheel still gets gearbox override paddles, yet as in a Volkswagen or Audi they’re little as well as rotate with the wheel, rather than being the fixed, railway signal box-specification levers of the Conti.There’s a digital display between the two analogue dials as well as the part touchscreen, part dial-controlled entertainment system – while still not our first choice set-up within the whole of motordom – incorporates a level of ease as well as functionality like no Bentley before the item. If you’re accustomed to the Mercedes-Benz/Audi rotary dial on the transmission tunnel, though, you’ll instead reach accidentally for what turns out to be the drive controller.The Bentayga gets four on-road drive modes as well as four off-road ones, for the air suspension as well as four-wheel drive transmission with Torsen centre differential. We commenced out with not bad intentions to try both, yet within the end only managed the on-road stuff; probably a not unfamiliar tale for Bentaygas within the years to come. A fuller off-road test will follow.The suspension is actually by air as standard. the item provides the kind of isolation we’ve come to expect, with the very occasional echoey ‘bong’ over sharp surface ripples yet an otherwise composed as well as particularly serene waft. the item doesn’t matter that will much whether you’re in Comfort or Sport (or the default, ‘Bentley’) on the dial, because the item’s never over-firm thanks to a completely new system of which Bentley is actually rightly pretty proud. The electrics are by a 48V system because the Bentayga gets active anti-roll bars as well as the extra juice is actually needed to make them respond with suitable vigour as well as speed. There are electric actuators that will act to stiffen or loosen the anti-roll bars depending on what you’re doing, so on a straight they’re slack as well as loose as well as allow lots of wheel deflection, while in a corner they quickly stiffen to reduce Centeng roll as well as keep the movements of what is actually, let’s face the item, quite a big Centeng, in check. the item works with remarkable effect, feeling better to me than adaptive damping, which stiffen the dampers come the corners yet unsettles the ride more within the process. The Bentley, then, feels pretty natural, retaining its comfort while simply adding additional control when the item needs the item to the way the item goes down the road. There’s remarkably little roll as well as when, if pushed, the item eases into relatively early understeer, you look at the leather as well as veneer, the turned aluminium air vents as well as their organ stop adjusters, as well as just remind yourself that will you’re in a Bentley, not a Porsche Cayenne.Having a W12 engine – no matter how compact in theory the item is actually – within the nose presumably does little for the agility, yet the item does lots for the performance. The torque curve peaks at 664lb ft at 1350rpm as well as stays there until 4000rpm. Peak power, 600bhp, is actually through 5000-6000rpm, although there’s relatively little point taking the engine all the way there.At lower throttle inputs as well as revs the item’s smooth enough, yet revved harder the item fails to sound particularly special or expensive. Bentley hasn’t said whether the V8, so not bad within the Continental, will find a home here too (because the item’s quite busy selling the first couple of years of W12 production, so why would likely the item?), yet the Bentayga wouldn’t hurt for a bit more ‘woofle’.There’s also – as well as I’m being picky here, yet that will is actually a £0,000 car so we can afford to be – the occasional snatch within the drivetrain. Perhaps the item’s the gearbox’s ‘coasting’ modes, which disconnect the engine via the transmission when under no load in order to improve economy. yet when the item takes the item up again the item’s not always seamless.I am being picky. By as well as large that will is actually an exceptionally comfortable, as well as always impeccably quiet, big SUV. Drive the item smoothly as well as the item’ll reward you with its oily smooth electric steering – a not bad speed, as well as with servotronic so the item quickens towards the limits of its lock – its calmed ride as well as a actually impressive sense of cabin isolation. Bentley has established a reputation as a maker of sporting cars that will must also be luxurious. the item’s hard enough in itself to make a luxury saloon that will can do the thick end of 200mph in safety as well as security while fulfilling the ‘luxury’ part of the tag.currently throw on top of those demands the additional need with that will vehicle to travel, as the item will be asked to, into sand dunes or across frozen steppe, or to tow several tonnes of horse as well as trailer, as well as you start to appreciate the task Bentley has set itself. the item would likely, presumably, have been easier if the item didn’t have to worry about the whole 187mph thing as well, yet the item’s to its great credit that will the item hasn’t. I’d think that will, in all of motoring, only the Porsche Cayenne as well as some variants of the Range Rover Sport get set a remit you’d consider as broad as the Bentayga’s – as well as the Bentley has to achieve the item with the trappings of all that will wood, aluminium as well as leather while the item’s doing the item, too.No wonder the item took them a while to get around to the item. within the end, though, the item was well worth the wait.Bentley BentaygaPrice £0,0; Engine W12, 5950cc, twin-turbo petrol; Power 600bhp at 5000-6000rpm; Torque 664lb ft at 1350-4500rpm; 0-62mph 4.0sec; Top speed 187mph; Gearbox 8-spd automatic; Kerb weight 2440kg; Economy 21.6mpg (combined); CO2 296g/km, 37%Autocar’s Doug Revolta discusses the completely new Bentayga with Bentley’s head of product marketing Marcus Abbott within the video below.as well as here, we sit down with Bentayga product line director Peter Guest.
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