The New Bentley Bentayga V8 Features The World's Biggest Brakes

Sheri Evans
January 13, 2018

The Bentley Bentayga SUV gets a 4.0 litre V8 with 542bhp as the Bentayga V8 arrives to offer a more "affordable" entry-level alternative to the W12 Bentayga.

With a 0 to 60 acceleration of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 180mph the V8 nearly matches the W12 for performance and fuel economy is rated at 24mpg with emissions of 260g/km.

Power is fed through an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel-drive, and the V8 petrol achieves 24.8mpg and emissions of 260g/km CO2. The new auto, which is billed as being the sportiest Bentayga, is available to order now; prices start at £136,200. Top speed also positions it just below the 12-cylinder model: the V8 touches 290 km/h (180 mph) while the W12 tops out at 301 km/h (187 mph). It is also the largest and the most powerful ones ever fitted to a Bentley, and the largest front brake system available on any production auto.

The Bentayga comes with Bentley Dynamic Ride that uses a 48V electrical system to control the active roll setup that helps prevent much body roll through the corners.

Bentley aims to extend this reputation by offering the Bentayga in its most sporting guise to date - the Bentayga V8.

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Like on the standard Bentayga, air suspension is fitted on the V8 petrol variant, and the vehicle is equipped with a choice of four different driver modes. There are three sound systems available, the most powerful of which has 18 speakers for unbelievable surround sound.

Bentley's standard infotainment system is also fitted, featuring an 8in touchscreen, 60-gigabyte hard drive, and for passengers in the rear there's a 10.2in Android tablet device with 4G WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Speaking of wheels, the Bentayga will be available with a choice of 11 wheels designs (no, you can't mix and match), including a new 22-inch design finished in black with a polished finish.

Bentley also offers a Bentayga Diesel (also V-8-powered) outside the United States and this model has 429 hp and 664 lb-ft, which sees it hit 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds and top out at 168 miles per hour.

A Bentley isn't complete without a deeply luxurious interior and the Bentayga V8 is no exception. Inside, the V8 Bentayga's swanky hand-crafted cabin has been updated with a new high-gloss carbon fiber trim replacing traditional veneer surfaces, along with an optional wood and hide trimmed steering wheel. The same four, five or seven-seat layout as other models can be specified, along with a near-endless combination of trim materials and high-quality leathers.

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