Mansory Bentley Bentayga Coming to SEMA in Carbon-Trimmed Ostentation
Engine Tweaks and Wide Tires Yield Added Performance, Too
No one would call the Bentley Bentayga subtle. The brand’s first-ever SUV features all the glitz expected of the brand, with a chrome-heavy mesh grille and massive wheels commanding attention. Even inside, an optional Breitling self-winding tourbillon watch that adds $160,000 to the base price of the big SUV.
But spend enough time in Beverly Hills, Oak Lawn, or Miami and it becomes clear: too much is never enough for many Bentley buyers. For the crowd that demands as much attention as possible, German tuning firm Mansory has the answer, and it’s coming to the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show this November.
The Mansory Bentayga has very aggressive lower body styling, featuring a new front apron, side skirts, and rear bumper that eliminate any off-road prowess Bentley claims of the stock SUV. Many of the new body parts are fashioned out of lightweight carbon fiber, replacing those pretensions of rockcrawling with pretensions of race-ready driving dynamics. The front end also features a carbon-fiber grille and hood, while a tailgate spoiler, roof spoiler, and diffuser show up around back.
Mansory claims its version of the Bentley super-SUV is even faster and more responsive than a normal Bentayga. Alterations to the engine-management system yield an extra 90 hp and 100 lb-ft, and Mansory says those changes take the Bentayga’s top speed from 187 mph to 193 mph. That’s certainly very fast for a big SUV. Helping keep that power under control is a new set of rolling stock, featuring 23x10.5-inch wheels and similarly wide tires.
Whether the changes improve the Bentayga is up to the individual to decide. Personally, this author isn’t a fan of the scoops and vents that Mansory loves applying to its vehicles. The unusually shaped steering wheel gives us some pause as well. But there’s no denying the craftsmanship Mansory puts into its vehicles, so it’s fair to say that those who choose to spend the money won’t be disappointed.
We’ll be sure to check it out in person at the SEMA Show in a few weeks!