The first Bentley Bentayga has rolled-off the production line at the automaker’s plant in Crewe, UK. Deliveries of the initial units will start by January 2016.
The first unit had an anthracite body colour and was handcrafted for nearly 130 hours. During the production process, it passed through a new body shop, new paint shop and new assembly line that have been constructed as part of a new £840 million investment programme. It took four years for the Bentayga to become a production reality from the time it was first displayed as a concept; 1,500 jobs were created during this process.
The Bentley Bentayga is a crossover with sports car performance. Underneath the bonnet, lies a 6.0-litre TSI twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 600 hp (447 kW) and 663 lb.-ft. (899 Nm) of torque. The engine powers all four wheels through a 8-speed automatic transmission. The Bentayga charges from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). Bentley says that fuel efficiency in the combined EU cycle is 7.63 km/l with CO2 emissions of 296 g/km.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: “This car is a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best. This is an important moment in our history, where we reflect and celebrate, but also look ahead to delivering this extraordinary car to our customers.”