Bentley's best-selling Bentayga gets 542-hp V8 option

Doris Richards
January 15, 2018

To improve fuel economy, the engine in the Bentley Bentayga V8 deactivates four of its eight cylinders in situations that don't demand full power. Until now, Bentley has only offered the Bentayga with a W-12 engine making 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, and outside the USA, a diesel V-8 with 429 hp and the same amount of twist as its larger sibling. The SUV now comes with a choice of a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8. The ZF eight-speed gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive allow the auto to reach 0-60 miles per hour (96.5 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 180 miles per hour (290 km/h) - that almost puts it on par with the W12 model (4.1 seconds 0-60 miles per hour, 187 MPH top speed). That helps what would otherwise be a less-than-economical auto achieve 464 miles on a tank of fuel via 24.8mpg.

Along with the 370-mm rear discs, the Bentayga's stoppers can provide up to 4,426 lb-ft (6,000 Nm) of braking torque.

The SUV is offered with a range of options including carbon ceramic brakes, twin quad tail pipes, carbon fiber interior panels and more.

And for the first time in a Bentley, a high-gloss carbon-fibre finish is offered to customers seeking a contemporary, technical feel. Hill Descent Control, permanent all-wheel drive, and a multi-mode air suspension help in this endeavor.

There's plenty of high-tech kit on-board, including night vision, which uses infrared technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a head-up display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety.

The various vehicle characteristics and functions can be controlled through the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with a 60 GB hard drive and support for up to 30 languages. It won't be the smallest-capacity variant for long, however; a hybrid version with a 410bhp 3.0-litre petrol V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain is due later this year.

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