Bentayga V8 2018 Review (£136,000)
The newest addition to the range, Bentayga V8, is everything Bentayga was designed to be, balancing exquisite refinement with astonishing performance. Bold, contemporary styling cues and unparalleled levels of craftsmanship provide a sleek, sporting look, while the new cutting-edge V8 engine delivers immense power and instant acceleration. This agile SUV is a pleasure to drive both in the city and on the open road, accompanied by an immensely satisfying Bentley V8 sound.
A STUNNING EXTERIOR
Bentayga V8 shares the same sleek lines as the other models in the Bentayga range, but adds some distinctive features to create an edgier exterior that matches the car’s dynamic feel. A black and chrome radiator matrix grille adds extra presence at the front, while the rear is enhanced by two twin-quad tailpipes, with a selection of large, striking wheels completing an imposing look. For those seeking to maximise the dramatic effect still further, the Black Specification** replaces all the exterior brightware with black-painted trim and adds a number of contemporary carbon fibre elements.
A LUXURIOUS CABIN
The handcrafted cabin of the new Bentayga V8 is the ideal setting for the exhilarating journey ahead. The straight fluted seats are as comfortable as they are elegant, with the supple leather hides available in a choice of five different colour splits as standard. The upper cabin is trimmed in Eliade, a soft and tactile fabric available in five colours. And the contemporary sophistication of Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer, Bentley treadplates and foot pedals in the classic ‘B’ design as standard provide the perfect finishing touches.
AN ADVANCED V8 ENGINE
The innovative new Bentley V8 engine has been calibrated to suit this exceptionally capable SUV. Powerful and efficient, with seamless power delivery, it provides an effortlessly engaging drive – both on and off the road. It delivers an impressive 542 bhp (550 PS) of power that can take it to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), accompanied by a potent V8 engine sound that reflects the car’s phenomenal capabilities.
The V8 engine achieves its maximum torque of 770 Nm (568 lb ft) at 1,960 rpm and maintains this right through to 4,500 rpm, ensuring rapid acceleration at any engine speed. This allows you to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds), contributing to the car’s agile, sporty driving experience. Bentayga V8 is brilliantly responsive in the urban environment and truly thrilling on the open road.
Responsiveness and efficiency are both assisted by two twin-scroll turbochargers located inside the ‘V’ of the engine. Further efficiency gains are provided by variable displacement, where four of the eight cylinders are seamlessly shut down when not required, and start-stop technology activated at ‘near-to-stop’ speeds. The result is a fuel-efficient SUV with CO2 emissions of just 260 g/km and a generous range of 850 km.
A SEAMLESS EXPERIENCE
A range of in-car technology is designed to enhance the journey for both driver and passengers, with navigation, ventilation and a host of other features accessed through an 8” high-resolution touchscreen.
Driver assistance technology included as standard, such as Exit Warning and a rear view camera, makes the roads easier to navigate, while Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay connectivity allows passengers to stay connected to the outside world.
A WORLD OF COLOUR
The new Bentayga V8 is available with seven standard paint colours and five standard hide colours. To make your car truly bespoke, you also have the option to choose from an extended range of paint colours, with 12 duo-tone options, and 15 hide colours, including the new rich shade of red
THE PERFECT ADDITIONS
A selection of specifications are available as cost options, allowing you to add a suite of extra features to your car. The City Specification is designed to enhance the urban driving experience, with features including Park Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Pedestrian Warning, City Safeguard and Reversing Traffic Warning, as well as a top-view camera.
The Mulliner Driving Specification enhances the luxurious look and feel of your Bentley Bentayga V8 with diamond quilted seats, drilled sports pedals, embroidered Bentley emblems, the full choice of hide, carpet and interior colour combinations, and a dramatic 22” wheel with a black and polished finish*.
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