2017 Bentley Bentayga

The New SUV Benchmark

Supremely luxurious, ultra-expensive, every bit as Bentley-esque as the rest of the brand’s lineup. Their first SUV is also the fastest SUV in the world.

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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