There’s a new speedy SUV in town, and it’s quick: meet the Bentley Bentayga Speed, a 626hp, 306km/h version of the already-fast Bentley Bentayga.
The 6.0-litre W12 engine in the new Bentayga Speed blasts the luxo-barge to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, all that while you ride the massive 900Nm of torque.
For comparison, the standard W12-equipped Bentayga clocks 4.1 seconds in the century sprint and on to a 301 km/h top speed.
Bentley claims the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV, and that certainly beats the 707-hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk which can muster “only” 290km/h.
The Speed pips its stablemate, the Lamborghini Urus, by a scant 1km/h (the Urus does 305km/h), while acceleration is actually slower than the Urus by 0.2 seconds.
And there’s the possibility that Lamborghini might introduce a hotted-up version of the Urus in future.
The Bentayga Sport’s Sport mode has been recalibrated to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride.
The effect is a “more dynamic and engaging drive”, Bentley says.
A louder exhaust accompanies start-up and gear downshifts, combined with a firmer suspension set-up.
To haul everything to a stop, the Bentayga Speed’s ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, with a maximum braking torque of 6,000Nm and are engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1,000°C.
They’re also 20kg lighter than the standard iron rotors.
How do you tell the Bentayga Speed apart from the “bog standard” one? Simple: look out for the tinting.
Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts and a striking tailgate spoiler hint at the SUV’s performance credentials.
Dark-tint radiator and bumper grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design available in three finishes and Speed signature badging add to the sporting design cues.