Bentley Reveals Bentayga Diesel, Slated for Sale in Europe in 2017
First-Ever Oil-Burning Bentley Not Confirmed for U.S.
Bentley just revealed its first-ever diesel-powered vehicle, taking the form of the Bentayga super-SUV. Claiming a number of segment-best features, Bentley will sell the Bentayga Diesel all over the world—except for the United States, at least for now.
As expected from a Bentley, the Bentayga Diesel’s 4.0L V-8 makes a stupendous amount of twist, with 664 lb-ft and 429 hp on offer. It makes that power through the use of two variable-geometry twin-scroll turbochargers operating in sequential order, while a third electric supercharger (powered by the Bentayga’s frightening 48V electrical system) adds instantaneous grunt from low rpm. With peak torque available at just 1,000 rpm, the Bentayga should hustle, no matter what gear the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is in.
And hustle it does. Bentley claims the Bentayga is the world’s fastest diesel SUV, with a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph (neatly echoing the performance of its gas-powered sibling). Underneath that performance lies selective catalyst reduction and automatic engine stop/start, bringing emissions down to stringent EU 6 levels. Bentley estimates the Bentayga use 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 km, which translates to roughly 29 miles per U.S. gallon, an impressive feat for any SUV, much less one as powerful as a BMW M3.
In addition to on-road performance, Bentley says the Bentayga Diesel will be very capable off-road. Its huge reserves of low-end torque will no doubt help it in sticky situations, but so will an adaptive air suspension with a maximum ground clearance of 9.2 inches. Bentley’s terrain management system, hill-descent control, and an optional feature called “Responsive Off-Road Settings” help maintain control when motoring off the beaten path.
The Bentayga Diesel will also be as luxurious as one might expect a Bentley to be. Adaptive cruise control, available traffic sign recognition, and optional parking assist will take the edge out of daily commuting, while the Bentayga’s luxurious interior features an optional, diesel-exclusive Liquid Amber veneer finish. The wildly expensive, optional Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling dashboard clock nearly doubles the price of the Bentayga (for a clock!), but it is made from machined gold and adorned with real diamonds, so at least there’s that.
Oil-burners in Europe, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan will have the chance to sample the Bentayga starting next year. We’d expect a starting price similar to that of the Bentayga W-12, and as with most luxury goods, if you have to ask how much, you probably can’t afford it. Nevertheless, official pricing will be available closer to launch.