After much teasing, Bentley’s Bentayga SUV is finally here. The British luxury automaker released official photos of the first off-roader in company’s century-long history this week. The Bentayga will make its official world debut later this month at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Bentayga will join the Continental GT, Flying Spur, and the flagship Mulsanne in its lineup. With luxury SUVs now a must-have for high-end automakers, companies such as Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini have all announced plans to jump into the market.
The Bentayga is the first of the three ultra-luxury SUVs to arrive over the next year or so. Bentley chairman Wolfgang Durheimer told Business Insider earlier this year that the company will build 3,600 Bentaygas in its first year — and that the company has more orders from the US alone.
The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show will run from September 17-27.
... the 'Project Cullinan' from Rolls-Royce, the Bentayga will form a new segment in the SUV market above the current kings of the hill. (This is the prototype used to test the Cullinan's four-wheel-drive system. The finished SUV won't look like this.)
The Bentayga is built on Volkswagen Group's MLB platform, which also underpins the new Audi Q7 SUV, as well as ...
Although it may share a platform with smaller cars, the Bentayga is a hefty SUV. At just under 17 feet long, the off-roader tips the scale at more than 5,300 pounds.
Power for the Bentagya comes from a 600-horsepower, VW Group-sourced twin-turbocharged W12 engine, shared with the Continental and the Flying Spur.
Power from the W12 engines is put to the pavement or the rocky trail via an 8-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel-drive.
Business Insider had the chance to experience the engine last year in a Flying Spur. We were impressed with its endless well of horsepower and effortless performance.
In the Bentayga, Bentley claims the engine can rocket the SUV to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.0 seconds -- and all the way up to a top speed of 187 mph. Bentley says this makes the Bentayga the fastest SUV in the world.
Later on, Bentley will also add a high-efficiency diesel and a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the Bentayga's option list.
In the meantime, the W12 can save fuel by shutting off half of its cylinders when large amounts of horsepower are not required.
The Bentayga is also loaded up with modern tech, such as a head-up display, night vision, and adaptive cruise control.
At the heart of the Bentayga's interior is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 60GB hard drive.
Those looking to take on Mother Nature can adjust the Bentley's personality using buttons mounted on center console.
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