The New SUV Benchmark

2017 Bentley Bentayga


November 21, 2016 GP100 By
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Every Bentley is in rarefied air by dint of being stately, ultra-luxurious, hand-built wonders of automobilia. Furthering that point, the Bentayga’s quarter-million-dollar price tag (base) is impressive, options like a $160,000 bejeweled Breitling clock included. One of Bentley’s many priorities in designing the Bentayga was to maintain the brand’s “look” — a mission that’s accomplished in spades. Twin headlights, more leather and wood than an artisanal furniture maker’s workshop and mountains of power: 600 horsepower from a twin-turbo W12 engine blast this 5,340-pound SUV King to 60 mph in 4 seconds, which makes it the fastest production SUV on earth. Technology is top-rate too: touchscreen tablets, wi-fi, prodigious driver aids and much more. This is not an SUV that requires superlatives; it is the superlative.

$230,000

Engine: 6.0-liter W12
Transmission: eight-speed automatic; permanent all-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 600
Torque: 664
0–60: 4.0 seconds
Top Speed: 187
Curb Weight: 5,340

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