By on September 9, 2015

Bentley Bentayga

After two years and one seriously overhauled concept, Bentley took the wrapper off its first SUV on Wednesday, which made it the first automaker to offer an ultra-luxury SUV — and certainly not the last.

Bentley’s Bentayga will be powered by an all-new W-12 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, according to the automaker. That will motivate the three-ton behemoth from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds on its way up to a top speed of 187 mph.

The initial Bentaygas will be gasoline versions with a turbocharged diesel and plug-in hybrid variants soon to follow, according to Bentley.

Bentley didn’t say how much the Bentaygas would cost at launch, so we’re telling you there’s still a chance.

All the typical over-the-top Bentley-isms are here: champagne chiller in the back, diamond clock up front, Crewe-stitched everything inside, but the automaker’s most telling part of their announcement Wednesday were its first words:

“A true Bentley … “

Constructed on a modified platform of the Audi Q7, the Bentayga would be the first chassis shared with Audi (the Continental and Mulsanne share a chassis with the Volkswagen Phaeton) and a point of pride for every Q7 owner from here after (“It’s basically a Bentley underneath, you know”).

The automaker said it would offer seating for seven people in upcoming versions of the Bentayga, but not at launch. The SUV will be available in six different packages, including two different styling packages, however none were specified. We can’t wait to see the “tow package.” 

The Bentayga will convince buyers of its off-road ability with a standard Driving Dynamics Mode and an optional Responsive Off-Road Setting that will be configurable to mud, sand, chalets, snowy driveways, hell freezing over and probably rocks and stuff. The SUV will also come standard with a suite of safety features including adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, rear cross path alert and park assist that will help you park your sweet, sweet ride without scuffing its 22-inch wheels.

The Bentayga will be available in 17 different “base” colors and 90 additional hues if your pockets are deep enough. The W-12 uses cylinder deactivation to achieve up to 20 mpg on the highway, in addition to a transmission separation that allows the car to coast.

The Bentayga will be shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this month.

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45 Comments on “Bentley Bentayga Officially Announced, Still Not Any Easier To Spell...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I can only assume the IWO stands for Initial Wanker Observance.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Bentley took the wrapper off its first SUV on Wednesday, which made it the first automaker to offer an ultra-luxury SUV ”

    Factually incorrect. http://www.bentleyspotting.com/2011/08/bentley-dominator-for-royal-family-of.html

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      And that was well beat by that nutter off-road thing Lamborghini built back in the day. I would certainly call THAT the first “ultra luxury SUV”.

      Plus those Dominators are just my Range Rover in a silly costume.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    So the Bentley SUV is Audi-based…but the obvious Lamborghini SUV (CUV?) won’t be?

    Interesting.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      No, it would be. This is just one of Volkswagen Group’s RWD 4x4s. But the all-new 2016 Q7 and this Bentayga are the first vehicles to use the new version of that RWD platform. The Cayenne and Touareg will get the new structure once they are redesigned in MY2018, most likely…and the Lamborghini SUV should be on that platform as well.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    Mulsanne > Bentayga

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      The Mulsanne certainly has presence, but it is not what I would call elegant or pretty like the Arnage. And the Flying Spur is $90,000 less expensive. And the RR Ghost is the same cost, but better looking.

      Mulsanne leaves me cold man!

  • avatar
    IllTakeAn8WithThatV

    I gotta say I really like what I’m seeing here, inside and out. A bit predictable, sure, but attractive, taut, muscular and instantly identifiable as a Bentley. The interior gauges and heads up display look nice, as does the clock (but remove those diamond accents, please).

  • avatar
    Maxb49

    The Bentayga will damage Bentley’s brand equity as merely another iteration of VAG’s platforms. Diesel engine offerings will further diminish any remaining brand equity. I’m seriously considering selling my Bentley.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    20 mpg?

    **gasp**

    THE FUTURE IS HERE

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    I’d still rather have a new XC90 which pulls off restrained luxury much, much better than this… thing.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    This will be the most sought after luxury car/suv for the next couple of.years.

  • avatar

    That is one weird name. It makes me think of Tiguan, the pormanteau word that a VW customer came up with by blending “Tiger” and “Iguana” for the little SUV nobody buys anyway. It appears that the Bentley name is kind of a similar invention, although apparently there are 4,000 pre-orders: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2015/01/13/new-bentley-suv-to-be-named-bentayga-huh/

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Question for the B&B: who does Bentley use as suppliers? Are they special high-end suppliers or the same ones who provide parts to Toyota & Ford, but just to higher specifications?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      For things like leather and wood trims, I would suggest they use specialty small suppliers. For things like glass and metal trim – we noticed previously on a Vellum Venom article on the new Phantom Coupe or whatever, that they’re using a Chinese glass supplier.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Jesus tap dancing Christ that front clip is UGLY.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Nothing this big should be that fast…nothing.

  • avatar
    turf3

    Yep, more new money and unsustainable debt.

    Old money probably drives a Lexus; Toyota Avalon; Buick sedan; or a Suburban (NOT Escalade, a Suburban).

    Oh well, it’ll look great pulling up to your deluxe McMansion till you can’t make the lease payments anymore.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      Just keep telling yourself that if it makes you sleep better at night. The Wall Streeters who will buy these will pay cash for them with their annual bonus checks. Ditto the NBA/NFL/MLB players who will snap them up as well. Or leased by their shell companies as a business expense.

      I think they are pointless and tacky, but the idea that they will be somehow leased just to show off by those who “can’t afford them” is asinine.

    • 0 avatar
      VenomV12

      That’s a load of crap Turf3, I am so tired of this nonsense repeated over and over by people that think they know what old money does. You know how many people I know that live in nice but modest homes for what they are worth in the towns they mainly live in and work or own businesses in? tons. I have a buddy for example who lives in a $400,000 house, drives an Escalade, looks nice a nice cheap modest guy to someone like you, however he has a $25 million house in Palm Beach with a Rolls Royce Phantom and a Ferrari in the garage. Another buddy, drives a Grand Cherokee Limited, lives in a $700,000 house, once again, nothing too crazy, but he has a $6 million house and another $3 million condo down in Naples that virtually no one knows he has.

      So keep telling yourself old money does this and that while they have tens of millions of dollars in cars, homes, planes, art etc etc all over the place, The Hamptons, the Caribbean, Europe and so on. I know a guy that lives in a $350,000 house that owns a $6 million Hatteras yacht. The truth is you don’t have a goddamn clue what people are spending their money on.

  • avatar
    cartunez

    They will sell each and everyone of these. You will find most of them in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    How did Bentley achieve stamping the huge front fenders? Is that a single sheet of metal?

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Now that the super-rich also have to drive a crappy SUV thing, where’s my incentive to succeed?

  • avatar
    Chan

    If I’m going to be buying a Bentley, it had better have the street presence. The Muslanne has that in spades over this thing. In real life it may have size on its side, but in pictures it looks like a nicer Audi Q5.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I agree.

      When a Mulsanne rolls up, it let’s everyone know that SOMEONE is arriving. This doesn’t stand out from a Q7, RR, etc.

      Plus, the Mulsanne is going to have a longer LWB version soon. That’s what I’m talkin about:

      http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2015/09/bentley-mulsanne-lwb-spied-testing-with-new-front-end.html

  • avatar
    Mr. Orange

    I have always thought that the Continental and Flying Spur shared its platform with the Phaeton and A8. And that the Mulsanne existed on a platform all its own with its pushrod V8 and rwd.

  • avatar
    makuribu

    Two axles? TWO axles? WTF?? It’s a Bentley fer crissake! I don’t want to pay half a mil for a goddam 4×4, I want a 6×6 at least.
    And it should be called the Bentley JBT, for Jeezly Big Truck.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    The proportions, ride height and seating position remind me of the Bentley’s and RR from the 50’s-60’s. The only difference is the rear D-piller and hatch.

    I think a Continental Shooting brake would be more ground breaking and exclusive than a we too SUV.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2011-bentley-continental-flying-star-by-touring-superleggera-auto-shows

  • avatar
    Dan R

    Looks like a Dodge Charger station wagon with a Bentley nose job (how difficult could that be?) and dubs.
    There will be a waiting list.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    They are going to sell all of these and then some. The Kardashians alone will probably buy about 10 of them. They are unfortunately the perfect example of why this SUV will sell like gangbusters. Look at all the cars they own, Rolls Royces, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and cars in that price range, but when it comes to SUVs they have to resort to driving relatively plebeian vehicles like Mercedes G-Wagens and Range Rovers which your average physician’s wife can afford. Now with the advent of the Bentley SUV, you can now complete your upper crust garage properly because at the end of the day, a loaded up $150,000 Range Rover or Cayenne still pretty much looks like an $85,000 base model. You can have a pretty nice garage with a Mulsanne, a Continental GT and a Bentayga in it.

    I am curious how this will affect sales of Teslas, especially the Model X since even though they are very different vehicles, they do cater to the same demographic, and the wife of the guy that makes a million dollars plus a year might say showing off in a $135,000 Tesla Model X is good, but showing off in a $300,000 Bentley Bentayga is a whole lot better. I can’t imagine it will be hard to convince someone who spends $20,000 on a handbag to spend $300,000 on an SUV. I imagine depending on how many they produce they could do some decent damage to Range Rover and the Cayenne since the lower ends of those models cater to people that can just afford them but the top models like the Autobiography and the Turbo S cater to the very very wealthy who can afford anything.

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    At first sight it looks like an overpriced Dodge Avenger.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I do believe “Bentayga” is Aramaic for “ostentatious douchebag.”

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    The Mulsanne does not share a platform with any of Volkswagen Group’s other vehicles. It’s rather old-world in that it’s completely hand-built by Bentley, and still uses the brand’s heritage 6 and 3/4-liter V8. It does use Audi electronics, however.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    This is the automotive equivalent of the Hublot Big Bang (cue Jack).

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