L.I.F.E / October 2019

The Big B's V8 Muscle

However, the Bentayga has since proved skeptics wrong. Weaving together performance, luxury and unmistakable curb presence, the only thing it lacked was subtlety.  The award-winning Bentley model is now available in its most sporting guise to date – the Bentayga V8. Sitting at the core of the Bentayga range, the new V8 model fuses exquisite luxury with power, usability and extensive sporting ability. Its responsive performance is fully customizable on demand by the driver through the Bentley Dynamic Drive system, from limousine-like refinement, to sporting precision. With strong power and a sound and character all its own, this engine transforms the big Bentayga into a more rewarding driver's car.  The dynamic unit develops 404 kilowatts and 770 Newton-meters of torque, resulting in a top speed of 290 kilometers per hour and acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The performance is complemented by a range of 746 km, with CO2 emissions of 60 grams per kilometer. The refined efficiency of 11.4 liters per 100 km combined comes, in part, from the engine's ability to deactivate four of its eight cylinders under suitable conditions, without compromising the drive. The first thing you will notice when driving off in the V8, is the smoothness of the engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The powerhouse even comes to life quite subtly for a V8. Big SUVs from other brands should certainly benchmark Bentley's sophisticated system of active front and rear stabilizer bars powered by an advanced 48-volt electrical system, which helps the Bentayga feel almost like a Formula One racing car when diving into corners with enthusiasm. The addition of stop-start technology, which can activate at "near-to-stop" speeds, also contributes to the emissions figure. Bentley's SUV is not perfect, mind you, but it is certainly no fault of its V8. The interior is as comfortable and lovely as any Bentley. Plush leather seats have diamond contrast stitching on the bolsters, and every inch of hide and veneer inside the cabin is of the absolute best quality. Overall levels of fit and finish are Bentley-spec excellent. Implanted into every Bentayga dashboard is a removable 10.2" Android device with 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed onboard connectivity and embedded navigation.