The Bentley Bentayga debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last week with the Volkswagen Group’s 6-litre TSI twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine. The 12-cylinder engine produces 608 PS (600 bhp) and 900 Nm of torque, which coupled with ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox allows the Crewe-based automaker’s first production crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 301 km/h.
The above performance figures are provisional and may change at launch. However, Bentley has plans for even more mighty Bentayga.
Speaking to Autocar, Rolf Frech, Engineering Chief and Board Member for Engineering, Bentley, strongly hinted that the crossover’s range may see addition of a performance variant in the future. He said that the standard Bentayga won’t be the world’s first 200 mph SUV because of its tyres chosen that were necessary for safety. “But that is not to say there will not be other variants in the future”, he added.
When asked if there will be a Bentayga with more performance-oriented tyres, Mr. Frech said, “never say never”.
Furthermore, Fritz Eichler, Volkswagen Group’s head of engine development added some weight to the speculation saying that the standard Bentayga’s 6-litre TSI twin-turbocharged W12 is “only at the beginning of its potential”. The British publication claims that its spy photographers have snagged a possible test mule of a high performance variant of Bentayga.
As for the standard Bentley Bentayga, its deliveries are set to commence in early 2016.