Bentley has revealed its new 306 km/h Bentayga Speed, billing it as the world’s fastest production SUV. Yes, that means this latest flagship Bentayga boasts a higher top speed than its Volkswagen Group stablemate, the Lamborghini Urus … albeit by a single kilometre an hour.
Powered by a 467 kW/900 N.m version of the Crewe-based firm’s twin-turbo 6,0-litre W12 engine, the Bentayga Speed will hit 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 3,9 seconds (for the record, three-tenths slower than the Urus with which it shares its platform), before topping out at 306 km/h.
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 also 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.