The Bentley Bentayga is one humongous mass of superformed metal. At 5,141mm long, 1,998mm wide and nearly two-and-a-half tonne heavy, it’s hard to imagine this gargantuan utility vehicle travelling at speeds anywhere close to its 301kph top speed, even with that 600 horsepower, 900Nm 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 under its bonnet.
But this video published by German magazine Autobild shows Crewe’s first SUV not just reaching, but even crossing the official top speed figure. The footage shows the Bentayga cruising along from a starting start, breezing past 160kph in just over 10 seconds and hitting 295kph as the transmission moves into the highest gear. But the Bentayga keeps picking up pace even after that, eventually achieving the official top speed and momentarily exceeding it by hitting 302kph.
The most amazing thing is that even at such high speeds, the SUV appears to be extremely steady and surefooted, with nary a vibration apparent in the video.
Incidentally, the Bentayga is currently the world’s fastest SUV, followed by the 282kph Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the 260kph Range Rover Sport SVR, the 250kph BMW X6 M, and the upcoming Tesla Model S 90D, which has a top speed of 249kph.