With a massive 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine growling behind its flamboyant grille, churning out 600bhp and 900Nm of torque and hurtling it from 0 to 100kph in 4.1 seconds, the Bentley Bentayga wasn’t lacking in speed or performance by any standard. In fact, with a top speed of 301kph, it was briefly the world’s fastest production SUV before its cousin from Italy, Lamborghini Urus, came along and snatched the crown with its top speed of 305kph. Not pleased with this development, the boffins at Crewe have come out with the Bentayga Speed, which sees the W12 massaged to put out 626bhp, the 0-100kph time reduced to 3.9 seconds and the top speed increased to 306kph. Well, we know that’s just a paltry 1kph more than the Lambo’s v-max. But in the world of acceleration times and top speeds, those small numbers make all the difference.

So, despite the gain over Lambo being miniscule, Bentley has wrested the ‘fastest production SUV’ title back with the new model variant. To complement the added performance, Bentley has given the Bentayga Speed’s exterior a few tweaks including dark-tint headlights, radiator and bumper grilles, body-coloured side skirts and a tailgate spoiler. It’s also distinguished by a unique 22in wheel design available in three finishes and ‘Speed’ signature badging.

The cabin gets a once over too, with what Bentley describes as crafted ‘swooshes’ on the leather upholstery on the doors, seats and on the lower console, a new contrast stitching on the diamond quilting, Speed badging, a Speed illuminated treadplate signature and the use of Alcantara for the first time in a Bentayga.

The all-wheel-drive Speed is equipped with Electronic Differential Lock and boasts up to eight drive modes. The company claims that bespoke engineering revisions to the Sport mode will provide a more dynamic drive, while a different exhaust character and firmer suspension tune add to the overall driving experience.

The Bentayga Speed will make its global debut at Geneva Motor Show early next month, and will go on sale later this year. Lambo, it’s your move…

 

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