Hand-built at Crewe, the new Bentayga Speed is set to combine the W12 powertrain and many of the model’s luxurious features as standard, including the Mulliner Driving Specification.
Building on a long tradition of Speed models that was born with the Continental GT in 2007, the new Bentayga Speed maintains the performance credentials proved by its predecessor, which claimed the production SUV record at the gruelling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018.
The new Bentayga Speed builds on the completely refreshed design of the new Bentayga. Introducing new onboard technology and improved comfort in the cabin, the new model is significantly revised both inside and out.
“The new Bentayga has already raised the benchmark for luxury SUVs against which all others are measured. Ahead of the launch of the new Bentayga Hybrid – the world’s only definitive luxury hybrid – in the coming months, it’s important that we still recognise the customer desire for absolute performance,” Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive Adrian Hallmark commented.
“The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world, but more than that, it’s also the most luxurious version of the new Bentayga – the best of both worlds; the pinnacle,” he said.
The new Bentayga Speed’s 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged engine delivers of 635 PS. Effortless acceleration is always guaranteed thanks to 900Nm of torque, available as a plateau from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm.
Maximum speed is increased to 306 km/h, while the 0–100 km/h sprint is delivered in 3.9 seconds.
To achieve effective cylinder deactivation with the complex layout of the W12, the engine control unit deactivates one complete bank of six cylinders as required. Switching between A and B Bank, using information from the inlet and exhaust sensors, minimises cylinder and catalytic convertor cool down and avoids spikes in exhaust emissions. This not only benefits CO2 emissions but realises significant economy gains under part-throttle cruising conditions.
In 5th to 8th gears, when the driver releases the throttle (at motorway cruising speed, for example), the car will open the torque converter, dropping the engine to idle and simply allowing the car to roll or ‘sail’. When the throttle is reapplied, or the car starts going downhill and detects an increase in speed, the transmission is re-engaged.
The Sport mode has been recalibrated to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, together with the air suspension system and Bentley Dynamic Ride. The effect is a more dynamic and engaging drive.
The Bentayga Speed’s optional carbon-ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful brakes available from Bentley. With a maximum braking torque of 6,000Nm, they are engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1,000 °C. They also provide a weight saving of more than 20 kilograms over iron brakes.
To match the elevated levels of performance, the Bentayga Speed sports a purposeful exterior look. Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts, unique front and rear bumpers and a striking, elongated tailgate spoiler characterise the Speed’s performance credentials.
Dark-tint radiator and bumper grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design available in two finishes (painted and dark tint) and Speed signature badging add to the sporting design cues. At the rear, the exhaust finishers are now the oval design that signifies a W12 powertrain.
Inside, the Bentayga Speed introduces a dramatic design theme.
The Speed colour split is achieved through the use of dark colours enhanced by primary hide accents running throughout the seats and interior trim.
The Speed colour split also introduces Alcantara® to the cabin of the Bentayga across the seat cushions and backrest centre panels, gear lever, steering wheel, lower knee trim areas, upper pillar trim and headliner. Customers can choose the Leather Specification to instead have these areas trimmed in hide.
A new contrast stitching design through the diamond quilting of the Mulliner Driving Specification (included as standard) is unique to Speed, with each of the stitch lines running through the quilting being split – one to match the leather, the other in the contrast colour. Discreet metal Speed badging to the front fascia and Speed illuminated treadplates complete the signature look.
Setting new standards in the sector for customer technology interfaces, the new Bentayga introduces a new, cutting-edge infotainment system. A bigger and brighter, high-resolution 10.9-inch touchscreen with an anti-reflection and anti-glare coating and much-improved touch functionality now spans the entire width of the centre fascia for a more contemporary look.
Content can be selected either via hard keys beneath the screen or from the main menu screen. A customisable dashboard can also be set up to show three favourites such as phone, navigation or media.
The advanced navigation system features free-text, context-specific search entry, including an address or point of interest. Navigation is improved with a three-dimensional building display, satellite maps, content in the driver’s next-generation Head-Up Display and several other useful features. The Head-Up Display can now project traffic information, street names and distance to the destination too.
The new Bentayga Speed now has a fully digital driver’s information panel similar to the Continental GT and new Flying Spur. The high-resolution screen can be viewed in either Classic or Expanded format.
The latest release of the My Bentley in-car and remote connected car services are available through the New Bentayga. In-car services now being delivered through an embedded SIM, as with the latest Continental GT, means online services no longer require a data connection from a customer’s mobile device.
Essential features, including real-time traffic information and over-the-air map updates, will be available to all customers in Bentley connected car markets. New connected features such as green traffic light prediction and local hazard information will become available depending on market region.
Remote services – subject to regional availability – are accessible through the My Bentley app and are further improved, including the technology levels and range of features customers have now come to expect – from ‘find my car’ and ‘lock my car’, through to car status and statistics – including integration with other functions such as the park heater when fitted.