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Video: The forthcoming Bentley Bentayga Can Off-road... Sort Of

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On: Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 10:41AM | By: Teddy Field

Video: The forthcoming Bentley Bentayga Can Off-road... Sort Of

A Bentley SUV was inevitable, and Crewe has just released a video to prove that their ultralux creation can indeed hack it in the wild. But it's really not all that impressive. Unless you take into account that it weighs 9 billion pounds, and has all the aerodynamic properties of a Pizza Hut...

The Bentley Bentayga is a more rational, production version of the hideous Bentley EXP 9 F concept that was introduced in 2012. Except the designers, mercifully, went with an evolution of the Flying Spur/Continental GT front end, instead of the twin searchlights used on the concept. There's also a pronounced character line down the side, like the Continental GT. And the front grille is just as arrogant as you would expect.

Although the Bentayga isn't the prettiest thing on the planet, it is unmistakably a Bentley. It has the presence of a luxury highrise, and the accoutrements to match. They haven't released details on all the 'wowza!' features yet, but you can expect pure decadence to come standard. We do know that the Bentley Bentayga is based on the VW Corp's new MLB platform, which also underpins the Audi Q7. Power will initially come from the redesigned twin-turbo 6.0L W12, which is said to produce "well over" 550hp. They claim the new Bentley Battleship will be the fastest SUV on the planet, with a top speed in excess of 170 mph (not bad for a piece of real estate).

While most will assume that the Bentley Bentayga is the brand's first foray into SUV territory, it actually isn't. Back in 1994, the Sultan of Brunei commissioned 6 Bentley SUVs, and reportedly paid $20 million for them. Delivered in 1996, the Bentley Dominator (gotta love the name) was rumored to be based on the Series 2 Range Rover, and powered by the Bentley 6-3/4-liter V8. However, no official details have ever been found, and these elusive SUVs haven't been photographed since they were delivered to the tiny nation.

Which brings us back to the Bentley Bentayga. Crewe intends to sell between 3,000–5,000 per year, and a V8 version, along with a plug-in hybrid variant, will be available in a few model years. You'll be able to order your $200k + Bentley Building at the end of the year. But to build anticipation, the factory just released this video showing the Bentayga (named for some exotic island and/or mountain) traversing a... dirt road. Granted, this thing isn't intended to be a real off-roader. Rather, a luxurious conveyance that won't get stuck enroute to your hunting 'glamp'. And when viewed in that light, the Bentley Bentayga is impressive.


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