The end of November marks a big moment in Bentley history. The automaker is now entering full-scale Bentley Bentayga production mode. The first mass produced SUV rolled off the line Friday in the UK.
Several weeks ago, Bentley debuted the $297,000 Bentayga Special Edition in Los Angeles. The model rolling off the line Friday will hit the street in January. This version is priced at $229,100, according to Automotive News, which will make it the priciest SUV on sold in the U.S. At least for now.
“Bentley Bentayga will be the benchmark against which all other SUVs are measured, defining a new segment, the luxury SUV,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors. “This car is a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best, not only reinforcing our commitment to industry in this country, job creation and significant investment, but to our home in Crewe. “
It took 130 hours to make and assemble the first production Bentayga by hand. During the assembly process, the car passed through a new body store, a new paint shop and a new assembly line developed just for the SUV.
“I am delighted that the first Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the production line in Crewe,” says UK Prime Minister David Cameron. “It marks the culmination of a period of exceptional hard work by Bentley and its dedicated workforce as they brought this remarkable new vehicle to market.”
Bentley claims the Bentayga is the fastest and most powerful SUV in the world. It’s powered by Volkswagen’s new twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine. It’s good for 600 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque which will launch the Bentayga to 60 mph in four seconds flat.
Earlier in the year, Bentley announced it would launch both diesel and hybrid variants of the Bentayga. The hybrid could arrive in 2018 with the diesel before that.