The very first time we ever saw Bentley’s SUV, the Bentayga, was back in September 2015 when it came out with the impressive W12 engine. A year after that, it shifted to a different powertrain, which was the Audi SQ7’s biturbo 4.0 liter V8 TDI for the diesel powered engine. Today, it decides to spice up their range even more by coming up with a V8 version, but this time with a 4.0 liter gasoline engine that works with a pair of turbochargers.
The new powertrain produces as much as 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-metres) of torque, which is the same as the Cayenne Turbo and the Porsche Panamera. In only 4.5 seconds, the SUV’s new engine propels the vehicle to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill, and it has a top speed of 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour). That makes the W12 variant just a little bit quicker in the sprint and with a better maximum velocity.
The rear wheel drive comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, where 60 percent of the torque is sent to the rear axle. It is not like the Bentayga market really cares, but the V8 gasoline version only uses up 11.4 liters for every 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, returning 20.6 miles per gallon in the US (24.8 mpg in UK). The new gas engine is definitely more economical than the W12. When fully loaded, it can run for as far as 464 miles (746 kilometers).
As for the design, there isn’t much to talk about because the Bentayga V8 looks just like the W12 and the TDI versions. However, it can be given the same quad exhaust setup and carbon ceramic brakes as the TDI version. The new V8 version also comes with red brake calipers that will be paired with the 22-inch alloy wheels with a five spoke design and a polished black finish.
The gasoline version will have a different cabin as well, with the glossy carbon fiber trim -- a first for a Bentley. Buyers of the V8 will get as much as 15 interior colours joined by five two-tone themes. Among the optional features is a set of 18 speakers from the Naim premium sound system that is available for a little extra cost.
Apart from the three engine options that are currently available, the Bentayga will soon get a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well. It is set to appear at the Geneva Motor Show in March with what seems to be a 2.9 liter V6 tied to an electric motor just like that of the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid.