British luxury marque Bentley has unveiled their latest addition to the lineup, in the form of the Bentley Bentayga V8, which promises to bring petrol-powered refinement and urgency without being quite as dear as the W12. The Bentayga V8 slots in between the diesel V8 and the petrol W12 in the lineup, though we reckon it’ll hardly be a neglected middle child.
Under the bonnet is a 4.0-litre biturbo V8, good for 404kW and 770Nm, as seen in the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The century sprint is dealt with in a staggering 4.5-seconds (this thing is the size of an English manor house, mind), with acceleration only letting up once it hits its 290km/h top-speed. That’s only marginally slower than what the W12 manages (4.1-seconds, 301km/h), and we don’t think we need to mention the diesel.
Power goes to all four corners via a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, which splits power 40:60 between front and rear.
As the V8 variants in Bentley’s lineup have always been positioned as more sporty, driver-focused experiences, the new Bentayga V8 follows that theme by offering high-gloss carbon-fibre trim finishing as standard, while the steering wheel is now of a bespoke design, with three spokes, decked in wood, and wrapped in leather.
Identical to the rest of the range are the available seating options. The Bentayga V8, like its siblings, will be made available in four-seater, five-seater, and 7-seater options, in case you can’t be bothered to have the chauffeur bring the extended family in another vehicle. The Bentayga V8 debuts an all-new option for the range in the form of carbon-ceramic brakes, which the marque says feature the largest front brakes ever fitted to a production car. These optional anchors come in the form of 440mm discs up front, and 370mm discs at the rear. Bentley claims that the ceramic brakes offer 6000Nm of braking force. We’re not sure what to make of that.
Should squeaky carbon ceramic brakes not be your thing (but we’re sure that the crew in Crewe have worked out that particular drawback), you can have your standard brake callipers painted red, should you so desire, again in keeping with the sporty, driver-focused theme that all V8 Bentleys carry.
There’s little reason to suggest the Bentley Bentayga V8 won’t make it to our shores, but pricing and availability remain up in the air at this time. Stay tuned to CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.