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Bentley Bentayga to be launched in early 2016

Bentley Bentayga to be launched in early 2016

 

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Bentley has finally laid down the specification for its new, market topping Bentley Bentayga SUV, due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show. Launching a host of new Bentley Bentayga details today, the company describes its £130,000-plus model as “ the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world” . It also has “ the world’s finest automotive cabin” that offers “ unparalleled luxury” in its sector, according to Bentley.

 

It’s all part of Crewe’s strategy to maximise the short lead it is about to open up over other budding premium SUV makers, notably Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini, when the Bentley Bentayga goes on sale next year. But up to half a dozen expensive car brands are rushing to create new SUVs for the niche they believe is opening above the most expensive Range Rover. Bentley Bentayga prices will start around £30,000 above the top Range Rover and are likely to be driven much higher by the bespoke equipment. Despite its size and high price, the Bentayga is not being positioned as Bentley’s flagship: that role will continue to be played by the £225,000 Mulsanne limo. Bentley wants to emphasise the practicality, strength and durability of its new SUV, as well as the luxury.

 

“ Owners may never drive these vehicles off road,” said engineering director Rolf Freeh, “ but they must know it will perform in tough conditions.” Freeh devised a million-mile test regime, the toughest yet for a Bentley, taking prototypes to five continents in the most difficult conditions “ to ensure unwavering performance”.

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The car’s original shape was heavily revised after a different concept, shown at the 2012 Geneva show, failed to win the approval of show-goers and management at the Volkswagen Group, of which Bentley is a part. Bentley Bentayga is lower and more ‘Bentley-like’ but is still 5.14 metres long, with a wheelbase of nearly three metres. It is slightly longer than a long-wheelbase Range Rover, but the roof is about 60mm lower a move, designers say, that helps maintain the Bentley sporting character. The styling comparison they prefer is with the sleek Porsche Cayenne rather than the tall Range Rover.

 

The Bentley Bentayga uses an iteration of the VW Group’s new MLB Evo platform for large vehicles that has already been used for Audi’s new 07 and is coming soon in an allnew Cayenne. Construction is described as aluminiumintensive (the Bentayga’s bodyside is the industry’s largest single aluminium pressing), but materials area mix of aluminium, steel and composites, according to function.

 

The Bentley Bentayga has an all new computer controlled air spring system whose ride height, damping, roll control, stability, hill descent and traction are all controlled by the driver from a console mounted rotary control. There are four selectable on road modes and four for off road driving. One innovative feature is a quick-acting, 48V anti-roll system that can rapidly vary the car’s body roll control, front and rear, according to conditions. It provides both stability in hard cornering and a relaxed ride on the motorway.

 

The Bentley Bentayga is the first Bentley to take towing seriously. A trailer assist feature allows a driver to select a desired articulation angle between car and trailer and maintain it when reversing. A stability system applies the brakes selectively if the trailer starts to sway dangerously on the move, also cutting engine torque if necessary. The steering is a new electrically assisted system with a variable rack and pinion, higher geared at the extremities to allow quick low speed manoeuvring. There’s also an electronic differential lock that uses the brakes to mimic a locked diff to tame wheelspin.

 

At launch, the Bentayga’s only engine offering will be a completely redesigned twin turbocharged petrol W12 engine, claimed both to improve efficiency by 11.9% and reduce weight by 30kg. Crewe is proud of its status as the VW Group’s centre of excellence for 12-cylinder engines and has worked hard to make the new engine (which will be used by selected Audis and VWs) more compact than its predecessor. The new W12 is 24% shorter than a V12 would be, Bentley claims, a great aid to packaging.

 

The new W12, which is mounted north south in the nose, packs 600bhp at 6000rpm and 663lb ft of torque between 1250rpm and 4500rpm. It drives through an eight-speed, paddle shift ZF automatic to a four-wheel drive system featuring a Torsen centre differential. The standard car rolls on 20in wheels, but 21s and 22s are also available. Soon, Bentley says, Bentaygas will come with both diesel and plug in hybrid powertrains. This will be Crewe’s first hybrid, although the system is likely to spread through the company’s range as demand grows in export markets such as China. A spoiler-adorned, higher performance W12, likely to be christened Speed, has also been spotted undergoing tests at the Nurburgring.

 

Bentley claims a top speed of 187mph for the Bentayga and a 0-60mph time of 4.0sec deeply impressive figures for a model with a 2422kg kerb weight and a generous frontal area. Furthermore, Freeh insists the car must be able to achieve its top speed in a 40deg C temperature, with no degradation in refinement or cooling performance. The CO2 output of 292g/km is better than that of previous W12 models but not a vast improvement, and combined fuel consumption of 22.1mpg is the reason why the Bentley Bentayga needs an 87 litre fuel tank.

 

The cabin bristles with highquality materials and a vast selection of standard and optional new-era equipment. The interior designers’ mission was to set quality standards that exceed any previous SUV and rival other Bentleys. The fascia design echoes the wings of the Bentley badge, flowing from door to door. A ‘floating’ driver info panel with bright mineral glass as its screen, speaker grilles behind a fine metal mesh, intricate knurling on all important switchgear and new diamondquilted seats with up to 22-way adjustment are some details.

 

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