The Bentley Bentayga represents Crewe’s foray into the world of SUVs, and it is now also the company’s first diesel vehicle. The Bentayga Diesel is the latest introduction from the British carmaker, and the headline figures are certainly not boring.
Under the hood, there’s a 4.0 litre “triple-charged” V8 oil burner lifted straight from the SQ7 TDI, featuring the company’s “electric turbo” system and a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers. The engine’s output is identical to the Audi’s – 435 PS and 900 Nm of torque – with power directed to all four wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of performance, the 2.4-tonne (kerb weight) SUV will make the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.8 seconds, and will continue on to a top speed of 270 km/h (20 km/h more than the SQ7 TDI). The latter makes the Bentayga Diesel the fastest diesel SUV in the world.
For those concerned about fuel economy, the vehicle will consume just 7.9 litres of diesel per 100 km (combined) following the European Union cycle, while emitting the least amount of CO2 of any Bentley. The company also claims a range of over 1,000 km – “allowing owners to, for example, drive from London to Verbier, Bordeaux or the Scottish Highlands on a single tank.”
To ensure you don’t confuse the Bentayga Diesel with let’s say, its W12-powered sibling, there are “V8 Diesel” badges embedded on the lower front door edge, “twin-quad” exhaust tailpipes and a black matrix grille with chrome surround. You’ll also get 20-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels as standard, with the option of 21-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels.
Inside, there is a new Liquid Amber finish for the wood veneer trim, but for a more personal touch, there’s always Bentley’s Mulliner department to ensure you are well taken care of. Remember the comically-expensive Breitling self-winding Tourbillon clock? It’s available on the Bentayga Diesel too, along with the Mulliner Hamper Set.