Bentley has revealed its newest member of the Bentayga family which brings a thumping turbo V8 borrowed from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the world's largest front brakes fitted to a production vehicle.
The British marque has shown-off its new variant that will sit between the diesel and Bentayga W12 models to offer sportier performance than the oiler but better efficiency than the world's fastest SUV.
Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with inside V mounted scrolls for improved response, the Bentayga V8 produces 404kW of power at 6000rpm and 770Nm of torque from 1960rpm-4500rpm, while four-cylinder deactivation keeps fuel consumption ‘low’ at a claimed 11.4L/100km. Also borrowed from the Porsche cousin is a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission connected to a 60:40 torque split all-wheel drive system.
No slouch, the V8 version is only 0.4 of a second slower than the W12 in reaching 100km/h from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 290km/h.
The new model brings a unique black and chrome grille to the line-up along with twin split tailpipes and a thundering soundtrack. New 22-inch alloys with Pirelli rubber add to the 10 wheel designs available while carbon-ceramic brakes and red-painted callipers join the options list across the range.
The new stoppers measure 440mm in diameter upfront and 370mm at the rear - the largest front disc on any current production vehicle - while 10-piston callipers apply up to 6000Nm of pressure on the front rotors.
Inside, new high-gloss carbon-fibre panels and hide and wood steering wheel are a good match for the optional red ‘Cricket Ball’ leather trim.
Bentley has yet to reveal local pricing and specifications for the Bentayga V8, but it is expected to cost around $380,000 when it lands later this year.
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