Bentayga V8 Petrol - Bentley Third Time Lucky?
How do you put the 'sport' in SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)? Many have tried but few succeeded. The problem is making these mammoth vehicles sporty and its lead to various redesigns. Bentley is still perfecting their Bentayga and the V8 petrol marks the third iteration in three years!
Why did Bentley produce a petrol variant of its Bentayga? Here's a few: Key markets such as China and the USA, customer preference and another crack at the whip.
Bentley joined the SUV game in 2016 when they released the W12 which means they have an idea of what works and what doesn't.
Despite the V8 petrol variant possessing similar characteristics to its predecessors, Bentley has made some changes.
Bentayga V8 Petrol Driving Experience
The petrol Bentayga has 8 driving modes! The Lamborghini Urus has 7 which you can read in our blog post: Lamborghini Urus Review.
Four driving modes are for on-road terrains and four will help you tackle the 0ff-road which range from mud and trail to sand dunes.
These different terrains offer their own challenges which create a massive stress on the chassis and the driving experience.
Bentley answered this by implementing a 48-volt anti-roll bar system to manage the demands of driving a small tank.
Let's move to performance because this can move!
Bentayga V8 Petrol Performance Specs
The V8 petrol uses the same engine as the w12 but Bentley re-worked it. The re-design is impressive because the engine is 25kg lighter!
When you put the full force of your desire into the pedal, you'll find 542 BHP and a 180 mph top speed. Although the speed is slower, the overall drive has become the main principle.
Trivia - The ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox sends the power exerted by the engine to all four wheels.
With a Twin-Turbo V8 engine, 0-60mph is possible in 4.4s. This is impressive considering it weighs a magnanimous 2,388kg! However, the Rolls Royce Cullinan is higher. You can read in our blog post: Rolls-Royce Cullinan Review.
Bentley has thrown everything at the Bentayga. They have refused to give up putting the sport back into SUV.
This new iteration of the Bentayga is a step in the new direction but will it seal the crown in the luxury SUV market?
Combining luxury and versatility is a difficult balancing act. Is the Bentayga aiming for luxury? Although, it's near the most advanced car they have made.
Priced at £136,200, it's lower than their traditional rivals in Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini but the SUV market keeps evolving so what will we see next?
Hybridisation is arriving next year so the Bentayga still has room for development. Will it be enough for Bentley to deliver on their claim of being the ultimate luxury SUV? Time will tell.
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