Bentley Bentayga Speed Fastest SUV…

Bentayga Speed Redesigned

Bentayga Speed Redesigned

Driving one will make you a believer

At least I was convinced driving a standard Bentayga a few months ago.  Now, Bentley just announced the new Bentayga Speed as the world’s fastest production SUV. The Bentayga Speed features packs a 626 bhp the 6.0-litre W12 engine that delivers a top speed of 190 mph and 0–62 mph in the mid-3 second range.  Damned impressive for a vehicle staring nearly 6,000 lbs. in the face.

Bentayga Speed

Bentayga Speed

Even more impressive was the Bentayga’s performance in Colorado, where the big Bentley claimed the production SUV record at the grueling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last year. From EVO ( 11;35)  Bentayga Hill Climb Here

If you are, as is the rest of the world, confused, the name comes from the first four letters of Bentley and the last bit from an altered spelling of Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest.  See it now, right?

A Truly Luxurious and Unique Cabin

Bentayga Speed Driver's View

Bentayga Speed Driver’s View

Bentayga Speed Luxury

Bentayga Speed Luxury

Aside from some elegantly crafted ‘swooshes’ around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console, there is very little Bentley can do to improve on the standard  Bentayga’s gorgeous interior.  Their contrast stitching on the diamond quilting has always been one of my favorite ga-ga’s about sitting in a Bentley, and inside, the Speed makes you never want to leave its sumptuous interior.

The Pinnacle of SUV Luxury and Performance

Bentayga Speed

Bentayga Speed

Bentley engineers have also done a bit of electronic magic to the Sport mode. And while it probably doesn’t drive like a McLaren, they say the Bentayga Speed is a lot more toss able, due to their Bentley Dynamic Ride.

It’s the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilizes an 48V system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering, so there’s less worry about rolling your “B” into the ocean in Monaco.

Bentayga W12 Engine

Bentayga W12 Engine

While firming up the suspension, Bentley has also let that wonderful 12 cylinder engine breath easier lending a greater exhaust note when you’ve got the sunroof open.

Bentayga – The Original Luxury SUV

Go-anywhere driving ability and imperious luxury are the hallmarks of the Bentley Bentayga, but lots of others are nipping at its heels.  What sets the machine apart is serious grunt married to exquisite luxury.  It’s for the crowd that prefers a Gulf Stream V to coach.

Coming to Polo grounds everywhere, summer 2019.

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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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