Eight Is Great: Bentley Bentayga to Adopt V8 Engine

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
eight is great bentley bentayga to adopt v8 engine

The other day, we brought you news of an electrified Bentayga, as the crew from Crewe decided to electrify their SUV with a 10.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. At the time, we mentioned the possibility of a gasoline-fired V8 engine showing up in the near future.

Well, that didn’t take long, with Bentley announcing today the introduction of a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, set to make 542 bhp (about 550 hp, awaiting certification) and 568 lb-ft of torque. You know what else has a 4.0-liter twin turbo? That’s right, the Lamborghini Urus.

Difference is, the Lambo makes about 90 more horsepower than the fancy-pants Bentley. The Flying B is no couch potato, though, with manufacturer performance estimates of 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. Ever keen to keep an eye on Johnny Polarbear, Bentley is quick to point out that the brute ute is rated at a combined 24.8 mpg on the generous EU cycle, helped in part by a start/stop system and cylinder deactivation.

Drivers will be able to whoa their V8 Bentayga from those illegal speeds using what Bentley creatively calls the “the largest front brake system available on any production car.” I use caution with this statement, as even though the brakes are massive (440 mm rotors up front clamped by 10 piston calipers), those dimensions are shared with another SUV. It is – you’re exactly right – the Lamborghini Urus. Carbon ceramics are optional.

Bentayga V8 customers will have more rim choices than they have bottle choices in their privately curated underground wine cellars. No fewer than 11 different sets of wheels are available, including an all-new 22-inch five-spoke wheel with black painted and polished finish. This trim will not be making an Ace of Base appearance any time soon, then.

Those finding themselves sitting behind a V8 Bentayga in L.A. traffic will be staring down the barrels of ovoid quad chrome exhaust cannons, a set of large rear haunches, and an increased ride height. Those shiny exhaust tips will emit what Bentley promises to be a “characteristic V8 burble.”

Buyers can choose their own adventure by selecting from Bentayga’s four-, five-, or seven-passenger seating configurations. In a telling move that seemingly cements the V8 as the sportiest of all Bentaygas, the traditional olde tyme wood veneers inside the cabin are replaced with high-gloss carbon fiber finishes, paired with a rich red leather dubbed Cricket Ball. Veddy British. Bentley’s done carbon fiber inside its vehicles before, but only in a matte finish.

The expected cadre of driver aids and off-road settings are offered, including Bentley’s “All-Terrain Specification,” which is similar to the Anima selector in the Lambo. The raging bull focuses mostly on performance, of course, while the B dials up settings like Gravel and Sand Dune. A four-setting air suspension is on board, too.

Bentley sold about 1,200 Bentaygas in the States last year, or about a third of the Q7s Audi puts on the road in a single month. Still, it is far and away the brand’s best-selling model, with it accounting for 5,586 of 11,817 Bentley sales worldwide in 2016.

[Images: Bentley]

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  • Sub-600 Sub-600 on Jan 13, 2018

    Oh, that’s a Bentley. I thought it was a Chrysler 300 Wagon mule going through some testing.

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    • Sub-600 Sub-600 on Jan 13, 2018

      @JohnTaurus The rear end almost screams Malibu Maxx.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jan 13, 2018

    The derisive class envy tone shines through again, predictably.

  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.
  • ToolGuy From the listing: "Oil changes every April & October (full-synth), during which I also swap out A/S (not the stock summer MPS3s) and Blizzak winter tires on steelies, rotating front/back."• While ToolGuy applauds the use of full synthetic motor oil,• ToolGuy absolutely abhors the waste inherent in changing out a perfectly good motor oil every 6 months.The Mobil 1 Extended Performance High Mileage I run in our family fleet has a change interval of 20,000 miles. (Do I go 20,000 miles before changing it? No.) But this 2014 Focus has presumably had something like 16 oil changes in 36K miles, which works out to a 2,250 mile average change interval. Complete waste of time, money and perfectly good natural gas which could have gone to a higher and better use.Mobil 1 also says their oil miraculously expires at 1 year, and ToolGuy has questions. Is that one year in the bottle? One year in the vehicle? (Have I gone longer than a year in some of our vehicles? Yes, I have. Did I also add Lucas Oil 10131 Pure Synthetic Oil Stabilizer during that time, in case you are concerned about the additive package losing efficacy? Yes, I might have -- as far as you know.)TL;DR: I aim for annual oil changes and sometimes miss that 'deadline' by a few months; 12,000 miles between oil changes bothers me not at all, if you are using a quality synthetic which you should be anyway.