Bentley Bentayga Is The World’s Fastest SUV

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It’s not the prettiest car you’ll ever see (more like an acquired taste), but the Bentley Bentayga does have one outstanding claim: it’s the fastest SUV on the entire planet. That’s right, it’s faster than any light-truck chassis vehicle that Land Rover, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz ever put out, even out-speeding the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by a good 12 mph.

Much of that speed can be attributed to the Crewe-built W12 TSI powerplant, which Bentley refers to as the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. Putting out 600 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, the engine pushes the car to a 0 to 60 sprint of as little as four seconds, all while hitting top speeds of 187 mph.

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The Bentley Bentayga bears much of the automaker’s signature design elements, which, in all honesty, looks much better on their coupes and sedans than on a rugged SUV. At 5,000 pounds, it’s quite light for its size, a feat achieved by the heavy use of aluminum, which enables a 520-pound savings on traditional body construction. It’s a legit off-roader, too, with four-wheel drive, four-mode adjustable air suspension, electronic active roll control, electric power-assisted variable steering, hill descent control, and responsive off-road settings to optimize the drive for varying types of terrain. There’s also a panoramic glass roof that makes up 60 percent of the roof surface.

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Inside, it boasts what the company describes as “the world’s finest cabin,” which is filled with handcrafted leather, wood, and metal trims. It features an 8-inch touchscreen in the dashboard with a 60GB hard drive, seriously swanky front seats (with 22-way adjustment, ventilation, heating, and massage), and an option in three different sound systems from Naim.

No pricing has been announced for the Bentley Bentayga, but well-heeled folks should be expected to fork out around a quarter of a million if they want one.

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