2018 Bentley Bentayga V8 – the Ultra Lux SUV with Rugged Precision
by Tony West
The new Bentley Bentayga V8 supreme SUV boasts a high performance powertrain, ultra-luxurious interior and now refined off-road features.
The 2018 Bentley Bentayga V8 hit the streets earlier this year and it’s stuntin on the premiere model. With a 542 horsepower V8 engine and a top speed of 180 mph the whip is one of fastest premium SUV on the market boasting versatile off-road capabilities. There’s premium SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Mercedes GLK that have luxury interiors and athletic powertrains. But very few could measure up to the new Bentayga V8 with a robust multi-terrain controller and suspension customization.
The Bentayga V8 fuses exquisite luxury with power, usability and extensive sporting ability.
The sultry design of the Bentayga features unique muscular, sculptural lines balancing athleticism with an unmistakable presence on the road. From the four round LED headlamps to the large matrix grille, the Bentayga V8 exudes the Bentley design DNA, while the overt powerline, large rear haunches and raised ride height reflect the rugged off-road ability of the luxury SUV.
A purposeful black and chrome grille at the front is complemented by Bentley ‘twin-quad’ exhaust tailpipes at rear. A total of 11 wheel designs including an all-new 22” five-spoke wheel with black painted and polished finish are available on the Bentayga V8.
Also introduced on the Bentayga V8 are sporting red brake calipers for the front and rear standard iron brakes. The calipers are painted in special, high-temperature resistant Tornado red paint.
The Bentayga V8 continues the Bentley tradition of intricate detailing and fine, handcrafted precision authentic. Customers can specify hand cross-stitching, which highlights the interior styling lines of the seats and door panels, and there is the choice of the Bentayga’s four-, five-, or seven-seat configuration.
Three innovative new interior options are offered in the Bentayga V8: a high-gloss carbon-fiber finish replacing traditional veneer surfaces; a wood and hide steering wheel; and a new rich red leather, Cricket Ball. Cricket Ball leather makes its debut in the Bentayga V8. The evocative new color is inspired by the deep chestnut hue of a new cricket ball, and fits perfectly into the range of 15 interior colors and five color splits offered for Bentley’s Bentayga V8.
Bentley Bentayga V8
The new three-spoke, wood and hide trimmed wheel (available in seven different veneer finishes) uses a solid wood base and can be specified.
The Bentayga V8’s 8 inch touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive and a choice of up to 30 languages. Rear passengers will enjoy the Bentley Entertainment Tablet, a removable 10.2 inch Android device with its own 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga V8: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters.
Premium Performance Seamless On and Off-Road
A unique blend of power and refinement gives the Bentayga V8 a distinct, unrivalled position in the luxury SUV market.
At the heart of the new Bentayga V8 sits an all-new 4.0-liter, 32-valve, V8 engine featuring dual twin-scroll turbochargers. The highly efficient V8 boasts 542 horsepower and 568 lb.ft. With a top speed of 180 mph the Bentayga V8 goes from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The class-leading performance of the Bentayga V8 is complimented by a range of 464 miles and a combined fuel economy of 24.8 mpg (11.4 l/100 km combined). Stop-Start technology, which will seamlessly de-activate four of its eight cylinders when stopped or cruising, is a big contributor to not only the high mpg’s but low emissions.
Bentley Bentayga V8
The Bentayga V8’s stellar performance is enhanced by refinements with the Bentley Drive Dynamics system, Electric Power Assisted Steering, All Terrain Specification and multi-mode air suspension.
The Bentayga V8 is available with Bentley Dynamic Ride, the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilizes a 48V system. This system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tire contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling.
Bentley’s adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses to deal with all road surfaces.
The Bentayga V8 offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to a highly sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS), the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack ratio, permitting light and fast steering while maneuvering at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for excellent stability at high speeds.
The Bentayga V8 offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional All-Terrain Specification. Up to eight modes (four on- and four off-road) are available, allowing drivers to select the perfect dynamic set-up. Its responsive performance is fully customizable through Bentley’s Drive Dynamics system.
All-Terrain Specification allows the customer to select Snow & Grass, Dirt & Gravel, Mud & Trail and Sand Dunes. Meanwhile, the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.
2018 Bentley Bentayga V8
The Bentayga V8 comes with multi-mode air suspension with four different modes- High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching.
Hill Descent Control automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed on steep declines and can be pre-set at speeds up to 18 mph.
A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga V8 an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly.
Traffic Sign Recognition detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver. Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, Park Assist, and Top View are also available. Top View displays a 360-degree view of the Bentayga V8 by combining four cameras. And the Head-Up Display will project important vehicle stats like speed and warnings on the windshield.