2021 Bentley Bentayga has unveiled the new Bentayga Speed, a more performance-focused variant of the luxurious SUV.
Powering the Bentayga Speed is a 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine producing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque available between 1,500 rpm and 5,000 rpm. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and sees the SUV hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in a mere 3.9 seconds while topping out at 190 mph (306 km/h).
Four Drive Dynamics setups are available: Comfort, Sport, and Bentley (programmed at company HQ for an ideal balance of performance and luxury), as well as a driver-programmable Custom mode. Bentley Dynamic Ride is standard, boasting 48-volt active roll stabilizers and a recalibrated brake-based torque vectoring system on the rear axle. The Bentayga Speed continues to offer carbon-ceramic brakes as an option – the largest and most powerful stoppers available from Crewe – providing greater clamping force and improved fade resistance while saving 44 pounds of unsprung mass compared to iron brakes.
On a visual front, the Bentayga Speed has a sportier look than the regular model and includes dark-tint headlights, body-colored side skirts, bespoke front and rear bumpers, and an enlarged rear spoiler. It also sits on 22-inch wheels available in two finishes and has oval-shaped tailpipes.
Changes inside include a new digital instrument cluster, a larger infotainment touchscreen, more rear leg room, wireless Apple CarPlay, and new interior trim choices, including Alcantara for the first time. The navigation system is also improved with three-dimensional building displays and additional projections for the head-up display, such as traffic information, street names and distance to destination.
The same 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system found across the rest of the 2021 Bentayga range is also featured. New is a fully digital instrument cluster that can be customized and offers a host of different displays.
Standard seat embroidery comes standard on the sporting Bentayga: “Speed” script is the default, though the Bentley logo is a no-cost substitution. The Bentayga Speed also comes with “Mulliner Driving Specification” seat quilting – two stitch lines appear on the seat faces, one matched to the interior’s main hide and the other to its contrast color. Discrete Speed badging appears on the dash trim and doorsills.
Pricing details have yet to be announced but we wouldn’t be expecting any decrease in price.