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Have a few million burning a hole in your pocket (and crave a super-posh SUV)? No, us neither. But that hasn't stopped us from digging through the official price lists and identifying the five most expensive SUVs currently on South Africa's new vehicle market. Predictably, they all feature all-wheel drive (and automatic transmissions).

Bear in mind, of course, that the rand figures quoted below are base prices, and that every single of one of the five models featured here can be fitted with all manner of expensive optional extras, should your pockets stretch even deeper...





5. Mercedes-AMG G63 Edition 1: R3 086 653







The Edition 1 version of the Mercedes-AMG G63 finds itself at number five on the list, with its base price settling just past the R3-million mark. Should you wish to go for the "standard" (for lack of a better term) model, you’ll pay from R2 786 654. Either way, you’ll score a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 petrol engine churning out 430 kW and 850 N.m, facilitating a 0-100 km/h sprint in a claimed 4,5 seconds.





4. Lamborghini Urus: R3 495 000







Lamborghini’s Urus also uses a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8, but offering 478 kW and 850 N.m. That’s enough, claims the Italian firm, for a blast to three figures in just 3,6 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h (making it the second-fastest SUV in the world, behind the 306 km/h Bentayga Speed).





3. Range Rover L SVAutobiography Supercharged: R4 294 111







The poshest version of the Range Rover is the long-wheelbase SVAutobiography, which employs a supercharged 5,0-litre V8 sending 416 kW and 700 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission (resulting in a blast to 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 5,3 seconds). It boasts all manner of toys and particularly generous legroom for the occupants enjoying the two rear executive seats.





2. Bentley Bentayga W12 Mulliner: R5 795 000







Is the standard Bentayga – which is offered in V8 diesel (R2 950 000), V8 petrol (also R2 950 000) and W12 petrol (R3 987 000 for the standard model and R4 450 000 for the Speed model) guises – not quite luxurious enough for your tastes? Well, have a look at the extra-fancy Mulliner, which the British firm describes as “the ultimate luxury SUV”. Powered comes from a 6,0-litre W12 engine, producing 447 kW and 900 N.m to facilitate a claimed zero to 100 km/h time of 4,1 seconds and a top speed of 301 km/h.





1. Rolls-Royce Cullinan: POA







We’ve left the Rolls-Royce Cullinan for last despite the fact the company doesn’t actually list a price for its “high-sided vehicle” (a description the British firm prefers to the “SUV” label). There’s no question, though, that it’s very near the top (if not at the very summit) of this list. For the record, the twin-turbo 6,75-litre V12 generates 420 kW and 850 N.m, rocketing the 2660 kg Cullinan from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 5,2 seconds.

The new Bentley Bentayga Speed, which the Crewe-based firm bills as the world’s fastest production SUV, was revealed back in February 2019. And now we can share local pricing with potential South African buyers.

Topping out at 306 km/h, the Bentayga Speed boasts a higher top speed than its Volkswagen Group stablemate, the Lamborghini Urus ... albeit by a single kilometre an hour.

Drawing its urge from a twin-turbo 6,0-litre W12 engine churning out 467 kW and 900 N.m, the Bentayga Speed will hit 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 3,9 seconds (for the record, that’s three-tenths slower than the Urus with which it shares its platform). Its peak power output is 20 kW up on the standard W12, and is offered slightly lower in the rev range (at 5 000 r/min as opposed to 5 250 r/min).

So, the price? Well, the Bentayga Speed will start at R4 450 000, which works out to R463 000 more than the standard W12 model (and R955 000 more than the Urus).

As the “performance pinnacle” of the firm’s SUV range, the Bentayga Speed is equipped with four on-road driving modes (and four off-road settings). For the Speed model, sport mode has been tweaked to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as from the adaptive suspension. In addition, Bentley says the Bentayga Speed’s ceramic brakes are the “largest and most powerful” ever fitted to a Bentley.

The Bentayga Speed furthermore sports model-specific exterior design elements, including dark-tinted headlamps, body-coloured side-skirts and a tailgate spoiler. Darkened front grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design (offered in three finishes) and “Speed” badging are also part of the package.

Inside, the Bentayga Speed features what the automaker describes as “elegantly crafted swooshes” around the door, on the edge of the seats and on the lower console. New contrast stitching on the diamond quilting, yet more “Speed” logos (including on the treadplates) and the use of Alcantara for the first time in a Bentayga are furthermore included.

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