As you’d expect with a vehicle that starts around $165,000, the Bentley Bentayga makes a whole lot of power. And if the base model’s 542-hp V-8 isn’t enough for you, Bentley will gladly sell you one with a 600-hp W-12. In our testing, that was enough to launch the Bentayga from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it quicker than an Aston Martin DB11. And from the sound of it, there’s a good chance Bentley’s working on a new version that will be even quicker.
According to Autocar, Bentley plans to introduce a Speed version of the Bentayga later this year. The report says to expect the Bentayga Speed’s W-12 to make about 650 hp. That’s said to be enough to give it a top speed of 190 mph and knock a tenth or two off its 0-60 mph time. Chassis upgrades should improve cornering, but don’t expect the Speed to lose much weight. As the top-of-the-line Bentayga, it should be even more luxurious than the W-12.
Of course, more power and luxury come at a cost. Autocar believes the Bentayga Speed will cost about £20,000 more than the £165,000 Bentley charges for the current top-trim SUV in the U.K. At current exchange rates, that works out to about $238,000. But if you apply that 12-percent price bump to the U.S.-spec Bentayga W-12’s $229,100 base price, it works out to about $257,000.
For now, the Bentayga Speed still hasn’t been officially announced. But if Autocar is correct that it will go on sale this year, expect it to be revealed soon, perhaps as early as the Geneva motor show in March.
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