For almost a century, Bentley has been one of the leading luxury motorcar manufacturers. It has always prided itself for producing hand-built luxury vehicles that have been given a lot of time and effort by their resident designers, craftsmen and engineers. In terms of putting together technology and timeless elegance, Bentley is already an expert of this field. Its production and manufacturing houses create some of the world’s most classic and expensive cars, some of which have served high-profile personalities like Queen Elizabeth.
Last year, Bentley introduced to the world an SUV that was beyond all others of its kind. The Bentley Bentayga is a classic offering into the realm of SUVs, living proof that not all SUVs are the stereotypical soccer mom service vehicle. What most of us do not know is that there is more to the Bentayga than meets the eye, more than its authoritarian exterior or even the 600 horsepower under its hood.
The name “Bentayga” is a combination of the company founder’s name and the Taiga, a biome that is typically found in the northern hemisphere.
The name aims to inspire and put the spotlight on several wonders that can be explored within the Taiga. There’s also a need to highlight the Bentayga SUV as the perfect vehicle for that trip. Its name is also quite fitting when we consider the fact that most people who can afford this vehicle are also living in the northern hemisphere. We see what you did there, Bentley. Sold at a price range of not less than $231,000 to more than $301,000, the Bentayga is surely an SUV fit for royalty.
Since Bentley is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group of Companies, it is not at all surprising to know that the Bentayga was based on a platform called the MLB which was used on both the Continental GT and the Audi Q7. Because of this, the Bentayga’s shape has always been a controversial topic amongst car enthusiasts and critics. But fret not; even though there is quite a similarity between the Bentayga and the Audi Q7, there are features that are uniquely Bentayga.
For one, the Bentayga is run by a powerful engine right behind its large signature grille. It is powered by a monstrous 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that can produce up to 600 horsepower and 663 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a top speed of 187 mph and will launch from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of 4.0-seconds. It would be the fastest accelerating utility vehicle if not for Tesla’s Ludicrous mode on the Model X.
However, it is not the engine that makes the Bentayga the most expensive SUV but the technology inside it. Around 110-pounds of wiring is installed inside the SUV, enough to power the gadgets and trinkets of this luxury vehicle.
The Bentayga features an adaptive cruise control with stop and go traffic assisting system, semi-autonomous steering, and a system that will lift the wheel at the exact time when it senses an incoming a pot hole. To further avoid inconveniences along the road, the Bentayga has a highly adaptable suspension system such as the sport, comfort and a “Bentley” mode; it makes use of active roll bars that senses corners to keep the SUV flat during a turn and helps the SUV traverse over rocky terrains.
While on the road and especially during long road trips, the Bentayga has a lot to offer. It features several entertainment and comfort systems that will surely help its passengers relax during a road trip. Its cabin offers backseat screens and Wi-Fi for entertainment, and heating, cooling and massage functions on its seats for a more comfortable trip.
Those are just some of the things that the Bentley Bentayga has to offer and it is already overwhelming. It is built to last and equipped with the latest technology. Now it’s no wonder why the Queen has chosen this luxury SUV as her latest steed.