Brawn to be King
This is the car Bentley hopes will double its production by 2025 and we were the first to drive it, not only at its international launch, but 18 months earlier as part of the engineering team buried deep in the Middle East desert.
Spending a blisteringly hot day in the half finished, half disguised Bentley Bentayga prototype many miles away from prying eyes in the Middle East desert with the man responsible for its development, Board Member and director of Engineering, Rolf Frech was a slightly intimidating experience.
Aside from being the fastest and most powerful SUV ever, the Bentayga is the most important Bentley since the 2003 launch of the Continental GT and Mr Frech was keen to get an outsider’s perspective many months before it was signed off and revealed to the media or public. And I was that outsider for one day.
The 6-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine is 90 per cent new with a revised oil system that prevents surge and suction pumps that collect oil from the turbochargers when it’s on extreme angles. It also features variable displacement so that half the cylinders shut down to save fuel when coasting and the unit is 30kg lighter.
Bentley claims a 0-100kmh time of 4.0 seconds with a 301kmh top speed but take it off road and the real story lies within the meaty torque figures of 900 Nm from just 1350 rpm. [To be continued...]
The best off-roader on the planet is a lofty claim when the likes of Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini are also knocking on that door, but Bentley believes its Bentayga is the rightful owner to the claim.
The SUV juggernaut is showing no signs of easing and is now moving firmly into premium prestige territory. Bentley hopes its Bentayga will help it double production by 2025. A full 18 months before it was signed off, we were the first to get behind the wheel as part of the engineering team in the Middle East.
Bentley doesn’t launch new cars every year, so when it does it’s always news, but when it’s a completely new segment for the premium brand, it’s massively important.
Aside from being the fastest and most powerful SUV ever, the Bentley Bentayga is the most important model from the company since the 2003 launch of the Continental GT coupé.
We realized just how important after we spent a blisteringly hot day in a half finished, half disguised prototype many miles away from prying eyes in the Middle East desert. Sharing the car with us was the man responsible for Bentayga’s development, Board Member and Director of Engineering, Rolf Frech and it was a slightly intimidating experience. [To be continued...]