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.