Throughout motoring history no brand symbolises the true spirit of the Gentleman Racer more than Bentley. The early days of the Bentley racing cars were awash with well heeled gentleman who had a passion for car racing and living the luxury lifestyle. Their reputation for building large powerful racing cars led legendary Ettore Bugatti to refer to their cars as ‘the world’s fastest lorry’ thanks to their size and presence on the track. Racing Bentley’s were not only large but luxurious, refined and more than capable of being used on the road when not at the track.
Fast forward 100 years and the basic recipe for a Bentley has changed little. The upmost in luxury motoring, huge power reserves and a sporty pedigree that exudes from every model they make. When Bentley released the Bentayga in 2015 many thought that the spirit of Bentley has been diluted, but if anything it proved that the penchant for luxury, power and grandeur was just at home in an SUV than it was in their Continental GT and Flying Spur.
The Bentley Bentayga had been talked about for many years in various forms and upon release was a much-anticipated car for several reasons. People’s opinions about the way the car looks may have been a matter of taste when the car was first launched, but as with many design classics, it now blends fittingly into the motoring landscape and is unmistakably a Bentley from any angle. Most people were keen to see whether Bentley could apply their heritage and history to a different market, whilst retaining everything about their brand. They needn’t have been concerned.
The latest Bentayga has inherited the updated looks from the most recent Continental GT and looks all the more sharper because of it. The more tapered front end and the oval rear lights give a more elegant appearance, whilst helping to make the car appear leaner and more chiselled, despite not reducing in size at all. The more curvaceous bonnet lines and less angled front grille makes the car look less fussy and cleaner, a theme that runs throughout the whole design.
From inside, the Bentayga takes it's basic styling influences from the previous generation, except now it looks right up to date and features the very latest technology. The central touchscreen and digital dials behind the steering wheel manage to blend seamlessly with the abundance of wood, leather and the analogue clock face adorning the dashboard, not an easy thing to pull off. As with the latest Continental, Bentley seem to have mastered combining the subservient abundance of technology with the traditional materials without them appearing at odds with each other.
Then there’s the power. As you’d expect, the Bentayga certainly isn’t lacking in this department. Coming with a 6.0 W12, or in this example, a 4.0 V8, both cars feel like they always have excess power in reserve. Being a Bentley of course, the way the Bentayga gathers speed isn’t brash or fussy and arrives in a waft of torque to propel you onward, quietly and refined. Despite being the smaller of the engine choices the twin-turbo 4.0 V8 still manages to produce 550bhp and means the big Bentley can accelerate from 0-62mph in a little over 4 seconds and has a top speed of 180mph. The Bentayga is every inch a proper Bentley in every department.
Our 2021 Bentley Bentayga 4.0 V8 is finished in Onyx Black metallic and comes with contrasting Linen and Beluga hide interior. The car comes with a fantastic list of optional features to include Mulliner Driving Specification, 22" ten-spoke directional diamond turned wheels, Blackline Specification, Bentley Dynamic Ride, Privacy glass, Piano Black interior veneer and Heated duo-tone steering wheel, Panoramic sunroof and much more. The car has covered just 5400 miles from its one private owner and comes with the remainder of a Bentley warranty until March 2024.
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