The Bentley Bentayga V8 has officially made its debut in Malaysia. The “entry-level” super-SUV is priced from RM1,580,000 after duties (before options), and is available for viewing at Bentley Kuala Lumpur.
Billed as the sporting member of the Bentayga family, at the heart of the beast lies a new-generation 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine which develops 542 bhp and 770 Nm of torque, resulting in a top speed of 290 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds.
The performance stats are slightly less than that of the 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 model, which was until now, the only power unit offered on the Bentayga. The W12 (which was offered locally on a custom order basis) develops 600hp and 900 Nm of torque. 0-100km/h is despatched in 4.0 seconds dead and it will keep accelerating to 301 km/h.
Power is fed to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox which permanently sends power to all four wheels through a Torsen-type centre differential. The addition of Stop-Start technology which can activated at ‘near-to-stop’ speeds, contributes to better emissions in the V8 model.
The Bentayga V8 is available with Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises a 48V system. The system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver superb stability, ride comfort and handling.
In terms of equipment, the Bentayga V8 offers Night Vision, a Heads-Up Display, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Predictive ACC with Traffic Assist. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners and speed-limits to properly control the car’s speed.
Another interesting fact of the Bentayga is that it can be ordered in four-, five- or seven-seat configurations. To reflect its sporting intentions, Bentley for the first time offers a high-gloss carbon-fibre finish replacing traditional veneer surfaces; a wood and hide steering wheel; and a new rich red leather, dubbed Cricket Ball.
On the outside is also the first-of-its-kind offering: Bentley’s optional carbon-ceramic brakes sporting red brake calipers (painted in Tornado Red) for the front. Additionally, 11 wheel designs, including an all-new 22-inch five-spoke wheel are included in the Bentayga V8’s catalog.
Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga V8: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio, and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950-watt capacity powering a network of 18 speakers.