Then in 2021 Bentayga Speed will have the same heart as before, but have worked a little on its appearance.
The Bentley Bentayga has never been an eye-catcher in the performance department. I mean, say whatever you want with its looks or its Volkswagen / Audi basics, it's a hell of a good machine, and there's one thing in the Bentaygas hierarchy that stands out: the speed.
What makes a Bentayga Speed so special? At the beginning there is the gigantic W12 engine with two turbochargers, which has a displacement of six liters and produces north of 600 hp. Then all the options and packages are included that add driver engagement that one would expect from a Bentley. Oh, and it's expensive. Really expensive.
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It's also back for 2021, the company announced on Tuesday, complete with the new take on the Bentayga style, and friends, it's a head-turner. It still has the same 626-horsepower engine and still makes 664 pound-feet of torque, which means it's still a shockingly fast machine for something the size of my first apartment, the same price as that Some people starter houses and that weighs a lot like a dying star. As proof, the top speed of the new Speed has been increased to 190 mph for 2021.
"The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world, but it is also the most luxurious version of the new Bentayga – the best of both worlds, the climax," said Adrian Hallmark, Bentley CEO, in a statement.
The Bentayga's new butt is a big improvement over the outgoing model and looks especially good with the Speed's large spoiler.
Of course, the Speed's impressive equipment is not without its flaws. I'm specifically talking about the decision to use carbon-ceramic brakes as an option for Speed instead of the standard equipment. It would be understandable on a regular vehicle – in fact, I'm generally a huge fan of steel brakes on sports vehicles – but on a nearly 6,000 pound SUV that costs as much as a house in many parts of the United States. They should be included. Porsche offers its printed circuit boards as standard at significantly lower pricesBentley too.
The slimmer oneLines fit the Speed's more aggressive nature in a sort of iron-fist-velvet-glove sort of way (cliché but true), and even the Speed's aggressive rear wing manages to work here. The interior gets some love and looks like an even nicer place to hang out than the outgoing model and that really says something.
The new interior is equipped with huge lashing straps made of Alcantara and quilted leather, which you would expect from the Flying B. However, it also uses other materials like carbon fiber (of which there are many) that you might not expect from the brand. However, this is a must for speed models that date back to the Continental GT of the mid-1980s.
Of course, Bentley is not just resting on its luxury laurels here either. There are a few nice technological features that work hard to make this massive engine a little less thirsty. The first is kind of a base, but it is used in a smart way – cylinder deactivation. The way Bentley does it is smart because the vehicle's computers periodically change which bank of cylinders is active to keep the catalytic converters nice and hot, and reduce the potential for increased emissions when a bank comes back on.
Look, it's a Bentley – the interior would never suck.
Next comes the so-called sailing mode. However, this is not a secret Chitty Chitty Bang Bang mode, so don't get excited. Sailing mode is a state in which the vehicle can fully open the torque converter in fifth through eighth gear and essentially decouple the drive train from the engine. This reduces the load on the engine and thus saves fuel. If you touch the throttle or the car accelerates downhill, the torque converter will turn back on and things will run as normal.
With the move to the 2021 model, some changes were also made to the infotainment system, most notably a brighter, high-resolution 10.9-inch touchscreen with anti-reflective and anti-glare coatings. The system has also been optimized to be more responsive to touch input. There is also a new fully digital driver information panel, similar to that of the new Continental and Flying Spur models.
Bentley confirmed to Roadshow that the Bentayga Speed will start at $ 245,000 in 2021 and plans to launch it in the first quarter of 2021. Well, that's a lot of bread, of course, but based on Bentley's previous success with its SUV. It is unlikely that there will be any problem moving them at that price.
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