Meet the world’s fastest SUV: the Bentley Bentayga

When you think of going from zero to 60 miles in 4 seconds, a vehicle suitable for the entire family wouldn’t likely come to mind. Bentley’s newest offering, the aptly named Bentayga, has set out to change that.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, speaks highly of his vehicle: “Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, and most exclusive SUV in the world.” Such high praise is accompanied by the promise that it can be custom designed to just about any specification, which is only fitting. For instance, a Breitling partnership allows clients the option of installing a diamond-encrusted custom gold clock in the dash. A refrigerator can also be placed in the truck, complete with two bottles of Dom Perignon and enough space to house a variety of picnic accouterments.

Bentayga specifics

Boasting a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine that elevates the Bentayga from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 4 seconds, the newest Bentley is clearly in a class of its own. This past IAA Frankfurt Auto Show was the coming out party for the new Bentayga, which displayed its astounding 187mph top speed to auto show attendees. Other features of interest include 664 lb-ft of torque at 1,250-4,500rpm, 600hp, and the ability to tow up to 3,500kg (around 7,716 pounds).. Both the throttle response and power delivery are able to be controlled individually by the driver of the vehicle, as are other on and off-road settings, making the Bentayga one of the most intuitive and easy-to-operate luxury vehicles on the market. The $300,000 SUV has over 5,000 preorders to date, many of which were revealed to be American buyers.

What people are saying:

“On the freeway the Bentayga feels stupid fast, barreling past 100 mph like a freight train. On a winding switchback it will easily humble a Range Rover, and probably humiliate a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the standard 40/60 front/rear torque split helping it grunt hard out of the turns.” – MotorTrend

“It is devastatingly, effortlessly fast, the Bentayga. Maximum torque is available from just 1350rpm, giving an open-the-fire-hoses surge of power whenever, wherever you deploy the throttle.” – TopGear

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