Temps touched 59degC and the prototype Bentayga was consistently bouncing off the 6000rpm rev-limiter as it hurtled over skyscraper-sized dunes in the middle of nowhere

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Bentley Bentayga


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...]

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