Bentley Bentayga revealed
20th January, 2015 -
Bentley Bentayga for 2016
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- Designed, engineered and built in Crewe, UK
- Sculptural design with elegant, timeless execution, balances athleticism with presence
- All-new Crewe-built W12 offers strong power and torque
- Launch model to be followed by diesel and plug-in hybrid, as well as a seven seat option
Bentley Motors has announced full details of its new SUV, the Bentayga.
The Bentley Bentayga combines unparalleled luxury with effortless performance and everyday usability. With an all-new
W12 powertrain, the Bentayga is the most powerful SUV in the world today.
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the Bentayga’s styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant,
timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlamps and large matrix
grille, to the distinctive power line and 'muscular' haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout.
An all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the centre of the first Bentayga to be launched. The
12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With 447kw (600 bhp
/ 608 PS) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivers a 0-100 km/h dash in 4.1 seconds (0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds).
The Bentayga will make its public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show from 15th to 27th September. Customer
deliveries commence in early 2016.
Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies
A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort
and convenience make the Bentayga an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV.
It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and
optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to
select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic
Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).
Responsive Off-Road Setting allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of
off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering
angle, compass bearing and altitude.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to
maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict
upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving
both comfort and fuel economy.
In urban environments, there are a number of driver aids available on the Bentayga. These systems – such as Traffic
Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing
Traffic Warning, which uses radar technology to detect crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space; and Top
View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle’s surroundings – combine to enhance
The Bentayga is also available with Park Assist – a system that detects suitable parking spaces (both parallel and
perpendicular) before autonomous steering takes over to support parking manoeuvres, even in narrow and tricky spaces.
Other innovative systems available on the Bentayga include Electronic Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to
identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety.
The Bentayga’s all-new, cutting-edge 8” touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a
60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages.
Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2” Android
device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity.
Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature
Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a
network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters for recreation of the highest audio frequencies.
Sculptural Form, Sharp Lines and Elegant Execution
The Bentayga’s wheel arches, mudguards and bonnet deliver a balance between sportiness and SUV presence. The
ultra-sharp Bentley power line and 'muscular' rear haunch display a taut tension in side profile, as part of the largest
single-piece aluminium pressing in the automotive world. Trademark Bentley features such as the large matrix grille and
B-shaped wing vents afford the Bentayga a typical Bentley 'look'.
The grille is flanked by four distinctive floating all-LED headlamps. The lights sit flush within the seamless
superformed aluminium front mudguards. Innovative design features, like the discreet headlamp washers contained within
the outer lamp’s body-coloured centre, demonstrate remarkable attention to detail.
To emphasise the go-anywhere nature of the Bentayga, the Bentley design team have integrated a stylish skid plate into
the lower section of the front bumper, just below the floating wing motif.
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At the rear, within the segmented tail lights, a new ‘B’-shaped illumination graphic is incorporated that affords the
Bentayga an instantly recognisable and striking night-time signature.
A combination of advanced design, innovative engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies - including
the use of lightweight aluminium - has enabled a total weight saving of 236kg compared to a traditional body
As standard, the Bentayga comes with a panoramic glass roof. Making up almost 60 per cent of the total roof surface,
the 1.35m2 glass feature is split into two panes. The front panel tilts and slides, and the whole glass
surface can be obscured via an electric, full-length roller blind.
Either side of the glass roof are aluminium roof rails that combine two different finishes – a high-gloss black base
and bright anodised top section.
A new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels are available, ranging in size from 20” to 22”.
The World’s Finest Cabin
Step inside the new Bentayga and you find the finest automotive interior in the world, with handcrafted wood and
leather throughout – engineered with precision to deliver absolute perfection.
The attention to detail in metal, wood and leather is the epitome of modern British luxury, and is only achievable
thanks to the exceptional skill of the workforce in Crewe.
The Bentayga’s cockpit sets new standards for both luxury and precision, with meticulous tolerances between the
exquisite veneered woods and metal elements. The dashboard takes the Bentley ‘wing’ design as its inspiration, with
the beautifully finished surfaces flowing gracefully from door to door over the top of the instrument binnacles, down
under the centre console and back up around the passenger side fascia and foot well.
The hand-selected veneers form pure and elegant surfaces throughout the cabin, and each of the 15 pieces are shaped by
Bentley’s artisans from a choice of seven different veneers, and finished with trademark Bentley attention to detail.
Highly polished, handcrafted metal elements adorn the dashboard, centre console and doors. Trademark Bentley knurling
on the drive mode selector, gear knob, iconic bulls-eye vents and organ pulls adds sophistication and tactile
Sumptuous front seats, individually handcrafted in Crewe and featuring 22-way adjustment including adjustable cushion
and backrest bolsters, provide superb support and comfort for all conditions. This cosseted feeling is further enhanced
with a six-programme massage system, seat heating and ventilation.
Whether selected in four- or five-seat configuration, all of the leather seats in the Bentayga are available with
contrast stitching and a quilted diamond design applied to the ‘shoulders’ and bolsters.
Bentley specialists individually select only the finest bull hides, all of which are sourced from cool European
climates, naturally tanned and never over-printed. Customers have the choice of 15 colours, in three duo-tone and one
single mono-tone colour split.
The four-seat configuration makes the ultimate statement in design, comfort and luxury. The two individual rear seats
adjust in 18 different ways and include massage and ventilation functions as well as footrests. The veneered rear console
hides additional functionality such as cup holders, generous storage areas and USB charging sockets.
The opulent feeling is completed by the fixed back, dividing the interior cabin from the boot. Also trimmed in the
signature diamond quilting and including a ski-hatch, it provides an enclosed rear cabin space that sets new standards in
the SUV sector.
A full-length panoramic sunroof with acoustic interlays allows ample natural sunlight to highlight the surfaces and
Activate the hands-free tailgate and not only is a large, practical storage space revealed, but also another of the
Bentayga’s unique features – the optional folding event seat. Ideal for those wishing to stop for a moment and enjoy a
spectacular outdoor environment or pursuit, the innovative leather-trimmed folding seat matches exactly the style of the
cabin seats and integrates seamlessly into the rear of the car.
At the heart of the Bentayga is the all-new Crewe-built W12 TSI engine. This 6.0-litre twin-turbo unit combines
efficiency and refinement with the luxury of unrivalled power and torque.
The new W12 uses both direct and indirect fuel injection. Switching seamlessly between the two technologies, the
combination of these systems maximises refinement, delivers low particulate emissions and maximises power and torque
An impressive efficiency figure of 292 g/km CO2 is made possible in part thanks to Bentley’s Variable Displacement
system, which shuts down half of the engine under defined conditions. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and
ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved efficiency.
The engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission and four-wheel-drive system has been
strengthened to handle the demands and high torque levels of off-road driving.
In Bentley’s advanced application of Start-Stop technology for the Bentayga, coasting is also available, as the
engine rests not only when the vehicle is stationary but also at ‘near to stop’ speeds.
In 5th to 8th gear, when the driver releases the throttle (at motorway cruising speed, for example) the car will open
the torque converter, dropping the engine to idle and simply allowing the car to roll or ‘sail’. When the throttle is
reapplied, or the car starts going downhill and detects an increase in speed, the transmission is re-engaged.
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The development programme for the Bentayga has been the most exhaustive in the Bentley brand’s history, ranging across
five continents. From the dirt and gravel of South Africa and the dunes of Dubai, to the muddy fields of Cheshire, and
from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat, the Bentayga’s ability to perform on any surface and
even in the most extreme conditions has been proven.
The Bentayga has also driven more than 400 laps of the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, as part of developing
the dynamic performance of the chassis and fine-tuning the relevant control and stability systems. The unique features of
the Nordschleife, including the high level of topographical change, variety of surface grip levels and wide range of
cornering speeds, made it the perfect place to develop the new SUV.
The Bentayga introduces Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises
a 48V system. Inherent in larger vehicles with a higher centre of gravity, this system instantly counteracts lateral
rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and
While conventional anti-roll bars present a compromise between body control and ride comfort, Bentley’s adaptive and
reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and
comfortable for all occupants. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses and
sufficient power on hand to deal with all road surfaces.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the
driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack
ratio, permitting light and fast steering while manoeuvring at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for
excellent stability at high speeds.
The Bentayga offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to the partnership of a highly
sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS),
the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control (HDC).
HDC automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed on steep declines, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on
steering and obstacles ahead. It can be pre-set at speeds between two and 30 km/h (going in either direction) and works
on gradients greater than five per cent.
As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga comes with multi-mode air suspension. The Bentayga driver has four different modes
to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe
off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer
Bentley Personalisation Options and Mulliner Bespoke
The Bentayga redefines personalisation and bespoke luxury. Paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options are unlimited
and tailored to the individual.
The standard palette alone comprises 17 exterior paint colours, with up to 90 hues available in the extended range.
There are also 15 luxurious carpet options, seven different handcrafted veneers and 15 choices of interior trim hide,
which means that customers are able to specify their own choice of luxury finish. In addition, customers can choose
between a new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels, ranging in size from 20” to 22”.
Six lifestyle-orientated specification packages will be available from launch, including two styling packs. In
addition to these options, the Bentayga is available with the widest range of lifestyle accessories ever offered by the
Bentley brand. For example, customers with an interest in watersports may wish to specify the Load-Assist Tray and Wet
Gear Stowage options.
As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga can also be handed over to the highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople at
Mulliner, who will respond to bespoke customer requirements.
At launch, the Bentayga is available with an exquisite integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator,
fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. For comfort in the great outdoors,
sections of the hamper can be removed and used as seats.
A bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be specified. The most complex of watch
mechanisms, the Mulliner Tourbillon is automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism
within the car. This masterpiece is machined in solid gold (customers can select from either rose or white gold), with a
choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face and decorated with eight diamond indexes.
||6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI|
||447kw / 608 PS / 600 bhp @ 5,250-6,000 rpm|
||900 Nm / 664 lb.ft @1,250-4,500 rpm|
||ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive, Torsen centre
differential, open rear differential, 40:60 front:rear torque split|
||1st: 4.71; 2nd: 3.14; 3rd: 2.1; 4th: 1.67; 5th: 1.29; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.839; 8th: 0.667|
|Brakes, Wheels and Tyres|
||400mm ventilated iron discs|
||380mm ventilated iron discs|
||Standard 20”, optional 21” and 22”|
||Pirelli 275/50R20, 285/45 R21, 285/45 ZR21, 285/40ZR22|
||Electronic Power Assisted Steering, variable ratio|
||12.4 m / 40.6 ft|
||Four link double wishbones, optional 48V electric active anti-roll bar|
||Trapezoidal multi-link, optional 48V electric active anti-roll bar|
|Springs and dampers
||Self-levelling air suspension, Continuous Damping Control|
||2,992 mm / 117.8”|
||5,141 mm / 202.4”|
|Width (across body)
||1,998 mm / 78.7”|
|Width (inc. mirrors)
||2,223 mm / 87.5”|
||1,742 mm / 68.6”|
||85 litres / 18.7 UK gallons / 22.5 US gallons|
||430 litres / 15.2 cu ft (590 litres / 20.8 cu ft load cover retracted)|
|Kerb weight (EU)
||2,422 kg / 5,340 lb|
|Gross vehicle weight
||3,250 kg / 7,165 lb|
provisional and subject to Type Approval|
||187 mph / 301 km/h|
|Fuel Consumption (EU cycle) -
provisional and subject to Type Approval|
||14.7 mpg / 19.2 litres/100 km|
||31.0 mpg / 9.1 litres/100 km|
||22.1 mpg / 12.8 litres/100 km|
|Fuel Consumption (EPA cycle) -
provisional and subject to Type Approval|
|City (US mpg)
|Highway (US mpg)
|Combined (US mpg)
||EU 6 and US LEV III|
Specifications are subject to change without notice.