Tested: Bentayga V-8 Hits 60 in 3.3 Seconds. Using its subtle-yet-effective redesign along with a 3.3-second 60-mph dashboard, even the newcomer V-8 edition of Bentley’s most up-to-date Bentayga V-8 SUV cuts an impressive route.
Nobody requires the combination of a driving position using a six-foot-high eye lineup plus also a 542-hp V-8. Still, it does not prevent it from being persuasive, especially when you are the one driving it.
Bentley Bentayga V-8 earnings have risen steadily during its life span, and this past year it made up 45 per cent of Bentley’s international manufacturing. However, this section isn’t only Bentley’s anymore. To maintain, the Bentayga V-8 was extended a significant visual makeover, even though its centre mechanical bundle remains almost unchanged.
Bentley gave its artists more leeway. The headlights are put an inch greater than previously. Nevertheless, the total effect is meant to–as Bentley’s design group set it lower front end’s visual mass. We can say it seems far better.
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Changes to the back end are somewhat more substantial. Immediately apparent are the brand new wraparound liftgate and a shift in oval-shaped lighting. We had no significant problem with the front Range Rover-ish back end. However, the new look is more in keeping with the organization’s other models. Regardless of the bigger liftgate, the dimensions and form of the freight area itself–characterized by the arrangement remains unchanged. There are choices for four chairs, five chairs, or perhaps a folding third row, in the event you need your Bentley to double as a minivan.
You will find charging ports–around six USB-C sockets –as wealthy people’s children do not just dispose of their gadgets once the battery expires. Regrettably, the display does not revolve round to the instrument panel such as the one from the Continental and Flying Spur. The revised dash has also brought a brand new central air socket which has plastic directional vanes. We preferred the metallic and round-shaped vents of this old vehicle. A brand new front-seat design marginally raises legroom at the second row, and this remains a beautiful place to spend some time in four- or five-seat settings.
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When there are lots of software modifications, there are not many mechanical alterations. The most critical physical distinction is the backtrack was enlarged by 0.8 inches. The 542-hp V-8 along with also the 626-hp W-12 Speed will take over unchanged from the USA marketplace. We are lucky since the 12 was quietly dropped in the majority of lands. A V-6 plugin hybrid is going to be launched later too.
We drove the V-8 variation in England within a mixture of street, urban mill, and on a number of those Welsh mountain roads employed by a lot of the United Kingdom’s chassis development engineers. The Bentayga V-8 places on a fantastic display in all those environments. It’s going cruise with perfect equilibrium and in quiet, even at a quick pace. At lower speeds, it takes on the sense of an oversized luxury limo, pliant and unfazed from Blighty’s oversize”traffic calming” bumps.
On the winding, Kristy Welsh asphalt, the Bentley was able to maintain its almost 5500 pounds under control. The combo of both pillowy air suspension along with the discretionary 48-volt electrical anti-roll system performs an excellent job of providing a Bentley-grade ride when maintaining the car flat under hard cornering loads.
We analyzed the new V-8 Bentayga at Michigan where it conducted into 60 in 3.3 minutes and throughout the quarter in 11.9 minutes at 114 mph. That is faster than the W-12 we analyzed four decades back and the past Bentayga V-8 we’d in the test monitor. It seems excellent when doing all this, particularly when being run challenging. It had been much better than the W-12 and using a more pleasing top-end rasp compared to fine-sounding AMG-sourced V-8 from the Aston DBX.
This is particularly true when worked in manual mode in which it appeared to battle with requests against the steering-wheel paddle for over one downshift at one time, something that the faster twin-clutch box at the Continental and Flying Spur has no difficulties with.
The two V-8 and W-12 Rate variations of this revised Bentayga V-8 will hit the U.S. at the close of the calendar year, probably with a comparatively modest spec-adjusted cost increase over the incoming SUV’s approximately $175,000 bottom cost. For that close $200,000 amount, you are likely to receive a much better-looking Bentayga.
Specifications 2021 Bentley Bentayga V-8
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED (C/D EST)
$215,000 (base price: $177,500)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
244 in3, 3996 cm3
542 hp @ 6000 rpm
568 lb-ft @ 1960 rpm
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented disc/15.0-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero, 285/40R-22 (110Y) B
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Length: 201.8 in
Width: 78.7 in
Height: 68.6 in
Passenger volume: 109 ft3
Cargo volume: 17 ft3
Curb weight: 5470 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.3 sec
100 mph: 8.9 sec
130 mph: 16.1 sec
150 mph: 23.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.2 sec
1/4 mile: 11.9 sec @ 114 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 180 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 161 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 324 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 24 mpg
Highway range: 540 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 17/14/23 mpg