The Bentley Bentayga, the automaker’s first SUV, is now officially on the road.
The automaker handed over the keys to the first batch of its Bentayga First Editions this week in England. Bentley is only building 608 of the off-road capable special editions and they quickly went for around $270,000 a pop. (The base price of a Bentley is $229,100.)
Bentley says it takes more than 130 hours to build each Bentayga at its plant in Crewe, England. It has the same underpinnings as the Audi Q7 and next-generation Porsche Cayenne since it’s built on a shared VW platform.
Make no mistake about it, the Bentayga is a powerhouse with a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder under the hood that’s good for 600 horses and 664 pound-feet of torque. It zips from zero to 60 miles per hour in four seconds and the top speed is 187 mph. Note that U.S. EPA estimates haven’t been released yet.
The air suspension on this thing is amazing. Drivers can choose between a whopping eight drive modes, good for adjusting to all sorts of conditions including sand and snow.
Inside, the First Edition features ‘Diamond within Diamond’ quilted leather trim and more Union flag badges. Oh and by the way, the seats have 16-way power adjustments, in both in the front and the back. With that many choices, if you can’t get comfortable in it, it’s not the car’s fault.
The First Edition comes in 10 colors. The standard model will come in 17 colors, 15 interior trim options, and six optional lifestyle packages. It also comes standard with polished metal, veneered wood, leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof.
Check out the video below of the very first Bentayga rolling off the production line.