Performance SUV’s claimed top speed is fractionally higher than that of its Lamborghini Urus rival

The Bentley Bentayga Speed has set a record as the world’s fastest SUV, beating the Lamborghini Urus’s top speed by just 0.5mph.

The Bentayga Speed, the performance variant of the Crewe-based firm’s luxury SUV, has a claimed top speed of 190mph, while the Urus’s figure is 189.5mph. However, the Urus manages the 0-62mph sprint in 3.6sec, while the Speed takes 3.9sec. 

The Speed makes its debut at Geneva motor show and uses a more highly tuned version of the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine as the standard Bentayga, raising power from 600bhp to 626bhp. Torque remains the same at 664lb ft.

Compared with the standard W12 Bentayga, the Speed is 0.2sec faster from 0-62mph, while its top speed is 3mph higher. 

Sport mode, one of four on-road driving modes, has received engineering tweaks in the Speed, to provide a more dynamic drive. The mode has been recalibrated to “enhance response” from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic gearbox, as well as the suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride, the firm’s electric active roll control technology.

There is also a louder exhaust note and firmer suspension to “further increase driver engagement,” said Bentley.

Design changes include dark-tinted headlights, body-coloured side skirts and a prominent tailgate spoiler. The Speed also features dark-tinted front air intake grilles and 22in alloy wheels, available in a choice of three finishes.

Inside, the Speed gets new contrast stitching, Speed badging, an illuminated 'Speed' treadplate and, for the first time in a Bentayga, Alcantara upholstery.

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Exclusive options include carbon-ceramic brakes, 22-way adjustable front seats and mood lighting.

The Bentayga Speed, which was first scooped by Autocar in June last year, will go on sale this summer and cost around £185,000 – £20,000 more than the regular W12.

It is the latest in a succession of Speed variants of Bentley models, dating back to 2007. The unveiling of the Bentyga Speed comes in the wake of the car maker claiming the production SUV record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the US last year. 

It is the fourth Bentayga variant to go on sale, following the diesel, V8 and W12. The Bentayga plug-in hybrid, revealed at last year’s Geneva show, is yet to go on sale due to delays caused by WLTP fuel economy testing. 

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14 February 2019

Undermine your Italian 'performance' brand - great work VW

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

14 February 2019
harf wrote:

Undermine your Italian 'performance' brand - great work VW

 

Fear not. Im sure there will be several 'performance' varients on the Urus before long.

14 February 2019

Yup. But for now, theyve got the hype they wanted.

Jameson

5 March 2019

Think of how this would look decent if it had a nice colour.

Dark grey-blue would be lovely

JMax

14 February 2019

I think it was Ettore Bugatti who once said that Bentley built the world's fastest lorries. 

But seriously a 190mph two tonne SUV does seem like a criminal waste of the earth's resources... 

14 February 2019
LP in Brighton wrote:

I think it was Ettore Bugatti who once said that Bentley built the world's fastest lorries. 

But seriously a 190mph two tonne SUV does seem like a criminal waste of the earth's resources... 

 

Agreed. Disgusting car.

14 February 2019

Worlds fastest taxi cab.

Steam cars are due a revival.

14 February 2019

Appearing in your rear view mirror and inches away from the back of your car soon.

Just the job for those who appreciate supercar performance but prefer to have it in an ugly package. I spotted my first new Continental yesterday and it looked very appealing and desirable. Unlike this shapeless lump.

14 February 2019
I was really looking forward to the Bentayga Speed but this is let down, 26hp more from the engine, 3mph top speed increase - feels more like marketing BS rather than a fundamental piece of great enginneering.

The design director had hinted at a new design but I'm not seeing it that or is their a speed coupe in the wings

I thought something approaching 700hp would he a statement of intent from Bentley, a weight loss of 150kgs to give clear air between itself and the competition.

Perhaps Porsche will step up and show what's achievable with the Cayenne as I'm struggling with what's on the table here

Phewitt21

14 February 2019

 I’d have thought that how it drove rather than how fast was what these types of Car were all about?

Peter Cavellini.

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