Hand-Built Bentley Bentayga Finally Rolls Off The Production Line
After taking130 hours to put it together, the very first hand-built Bentley Bentayga has finally rolled off the production line in the United Kingdom.
Bentayga is touted by Bentley as the most powerful and speediest SUV across the globe.
"This car is a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best, not only reinforcing our commitment to industry in this country, job creation and significant investment, but to our home in Crewe," says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley Motor's boss. "This is an important moment in our history, where we reflect and celebrate, but also look ahead to delivering this extraordinary car to our customers."
Bentayga has a 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine, and promises to generate 600 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The SUV goes from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds and can reach a top speed of 187 mph.
The least expensive variant of the Bentayga starts at £160,000 (around $240,500). Its price tag in Germany is €208,500 (about $220,850). It costs $229,100 in the United States.
Rumor has it that the first assembled unit is going to be delivered to Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, Scotland, where she is going to use it for some "hunting expeditions."
The luxury motorcar maker is also working on a coupe-SUV version of the Bentayga, which may look similar to the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S and the BMW X6 M, but the Bentley takes the prize in terms of sheer magnificence.
Bentley says the Bentayga is set to impress car enthusiasts in its debut, which will take place in the coming year. The coupe-SUV could be showcased as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show scheduled for March 2016.
Peter Guest, the product line director of Bentley, tells Auto Express that this new vehicle is going to be "much more biased towards on-road performance." He adds that the coupe-SUV version will still have four seats and four doors. Although this variant may possibly not have the same luggage space as the Bentayga SUV, it will likely be "much more aggressively styled, a lot faster, a lot more dramatic."
It is anticipated that the coupe-SUV variant will use the uprated version of the present vehicle's 6.0-liter W12. In addition, it will also sport bigger wheels, bigger bumpers and a more dynamic stance.