2017 Bentley Bentayga Retested: Corvette Z06–like Acceleration Confirmed

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What It Is: Currently the fastest (187 mph) and most expensive SUV on the market, the Bentayga is Bentley’s opening salvo to the ever-expanding SUV ranks, and it stands alone as the only nameplate—not simply a more powerful and gussied up variant—to start north of $ 200,000. However, other ultraluxury makers, among them Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Maybach, Aston Martin, and likely even Ferrari, are rushing to join this party as swiftly as possible. A twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 making 600 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque endows the roughly Audi Q7–sized Bentayga—no surprise given that it’s based on the Audi’s bones—with mega thrust. When called on, the Bentayga points its nose skyward (not unlike many of its owners) and then charges forward like it’s trying to escape the atmosphere. The pricing of this four- or five-seat über ute (a third-row option is being added for 2018) accelerates just about as quickly, with nearly endless options small and large, even including unusual and comprehensive falconry and fly-fishing packages as well as a $ 170,000 Tourbillon by Breitling timepiece. READ MORE ››


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