Bentley Bentayga V8 arrives with 542 horsepower

Doris Richards
January 12, 2018

The new V8-powered Bentayga can hit 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and tops out at 180 mph, compared to the four second sprint time and 187 mph top speed of its twelve-cylinder counterpart.

Based on same VW MLB-Evo platform as the Audi Q7 and using the VW Group V8 engine in the same state of tune as another sister vehicle, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the Bentayga petrol V8 bridges the gap between the entry-level (£135,800) V8 diesel and the range-topping (£162,700) W12 petrol. It produces 550hp and 770Nm of torque, which gives the Bentayga a 4.4-second 0-62mph time and a terminal speed of 180mph.

It isn't the most efficient or emissions-friendly engine in the world though, as it guzzles fuel at a quoted 24.8mpg and emits 260g/km of Carbon dioxide emissions.

Bentley has revealed the Bentayga V8, the petrol-engined equal to the Bentayga Diesel, sitting below the W12-engined model. Like other V8-powered Bentley models, the Bentayga gets a blacked-out grille mesh up front, and horizontally opposed eight-shaped dual tailpipes out back. The Bentayga V8 boasts a big fuel tank, too - a range of 464 miles is claimed.

A unique feature on the Bentayga V8 petrol is the optional carbon ceramic brakes, which Bentley claims are the biggest ever fitted to one of its cars and, indeed, the largest front brakes ever fitted to any production auto.

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Like the standard Bentayga, air suspension is fitted on the V8 petrol variant and the auto comes equipped with a choice of on- and off-road drive settings via Bentley's Drive Dynamics Mode and optional All-Terrain Specification.

The usual array of active safety and driver assistance systems are standard or offered as options, including adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, park assist and even a night vision system.

Since its introduction, the Bentley Bentayga has helped define the luxury SUV segment, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience in class and comfort. Buyers can also choose between three different sound systems, with the most opulent being a Naim system with 1,950 watts and 18 speakers.

On the inside, a new wood and leather steering wheel features, as does a gloss carbonfibre trim finish for the doors, centre console and dashboard fascia.

Bentley hasn't announced availability but look for the Bentayga V8 to make its way into showrooms this spring.

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