Since its introduction, the Bentley Bentayga has defined a new sector and set the luxury SUV benchmark, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions. The award-winning Bentley model is now available in its most sporting guise to date – the Bentayga V8.
At the heart of the Bentayga model is a new generation 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine which combines immense power with impressive fuel efficiency. The addition of a characteristic V8 burble, stylish twin-quad exhaust pipes and optional carbon-ceramic brakes, reveals more of the luxury SUV’s sporting character.
Sitting at the core of the Bentayga range, the new V8 model fuses exquisite luxury with power, usability and extensive sporting ability. Its responsive performance is fully customisable on demand by the driver through Bentley’s Drive Dynamics system, from limousine-like refinement to sporting precision.
Inside, customers will recognise Bentley’s unique approach to modern luxury tailoring, with the familiar blend of exquisite handcrafted materials and advanced technologies. New styling features include a wood and hide steering wheel and the introduction of a high-gloss carbon-fibre interior panel finish.
Immense Performance, Impressive Efficiency
At the heart of the new Bentayga V8 sits an all-new 4.0-litre, 32-valve, V8 engine featuring dual twin-scroll turbochargers located inside the ‘V’ of the engine.
The dynamic unit develops 542 bhp (550 PS) and 568 lb.ft. (770 Nm) of torque, resulting in a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (100 km/h in 4.5 seconds).
The class-leading performance of the Bentayga V8 is complemented by a range of 464 miles (746 km), with C02 emissions of 260 g/km. This refined efficiency (24.8 mpg / 11.4 l/100 km combined) comes, in part, through the ability of the engine to de-activate four of its eight cylinders in suitable conditions, without compromising the drive. The seamless change happens in just 20 milliseconds, making it imperceptible to customers.
The addition of Stop-Start technology, which can activate at ‘near-to-stop’ speeds, also contributes to the emissions figure.
This unique blend of power and refinement gives the Bentayga V8 a distinct, unrivalled position in the luxury SUV market.
Striking, Individual Exterior Design
The exterior design of the Bentayga V8 reflects the model’s sporting position within the Bentayga family.
The shape is defined by the Bentayga’s unique muscular, sculptural lines, balancing athleticism with an unmistakable presence on the road. From the four round LED headlamps to the large matrix grille, the Bentayga V8 exudes the Bentley design DNA, while the overt powerline, large rear haunches and raised ride height reflect the rugged off-road ability of the luxury SUV.
For the first time, optional carbon-ceramic brakes are offered on the Bentayga. The braking system is the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, and the largest front brake system available on any production car.
The brake discs measure 440 mm in diameter at the front and 370 mm at the rear, and sit inside enormous Bentley-branded calipers, with 10 pistons at the front. Together these provide a maximum braking torque of 6,000 Nm.
Also introduced on the Bentayga V8 are sporting red brake calipers for the front and rear standard iron brakes. The calipers are painted in special, high temperature resistant Tornado red paint, and signal strongly the dynamic intent of this performance-oriented Bentayga V8.
In front of these sit a choice of 11 wheel designs, including an all-new 22″ five spoke wheel with black painted and polished finish.
A purposeful black and chrome grille at the front is complemented by Bentley ‘twin-quad’ exhaust tailpipes at rear, both of which provide a further subtle reminder of the new engine specification.
Sublime, Handcrafted Luxury Interior
The Bentayga V8 continues the Bentley tradition of intricate detailing and fine, handcrafted precision using authentic materials. Customers can specify hand cross-stitching, which highlights the interior styling lines of the seats and door panels, and there is the choice of the Bentayga’s four, five or seven-seat configuration, for ultimate versatility.
Three innovative new interior options are offered in the Bentayga V8: a high-gloss carbon-fibre finish replacing traditional veneer surfaces; a wood and hide steering wheel; and a new rich red leather, Cricket Ball.
For the first time in a Bentley, a high-gloss carbon-fibre finish is offered to customers seeking a contemporary, technical feel. Bentley has traditionally offered a matt carbon-fibre surface to replace the veneer on panels including the fascia, center console and door waistrails, but this is the first time the finish has been offered with a high gloss, which enhances the technical weave.
Another first – the wood and hide trimmed steering wheel – can be specified in the Bentayga V8. Uniquely, the new three-spoke, wood and hide trimmed wheel (available in seven different veneer finishes) uses a solid wood base and thus maintains the integrity and authenticity of interior features offered by Bentley.
Cricket Ball leather makes its debut in the Bentayga V8. The evocative new colour is inspired by the traditional and instantly appealing deep chestnut hue of a new cricket ball, and fits perfectly into the inspiring range of 15 interior colours and five colour splits offered by Bentley.
Effortless Bentley Performance, Unrestrained by Climate or Terrain
The Bentayga V8 is available with Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises a 48V system. This system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling.
Bentley’s adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses to deal with all road surfaces.
The Bentayga V8 offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to the partnership of a highly sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS), the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack ratio, permitting light and fast steering while manoeuvring at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for excellent stability at high speeds.
The Bentayga offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional All-Terrain Specification. Up to eight modes (four on- and four off-road) are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition.
All-Terrain Specification allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, including Snow & Grass, Dirt & Gravel, Mud & Trail and Sand Dunes. Meanwhile, the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.
The Bentayga V8 comes with multi-mode air suspension. The driver has four different modes to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching.
Hill Descent Control automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed on steep declines, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering and obstacles ahead. It can be preset at speeds between two and 30 km/h (going in either direction) and works on gradients greater than five per cent.
Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies
A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga V8 an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving both comfort and fuel economy.
In urban environments, there are a number of driver aids available on the Bentayga V8. These systems – such as Traffic Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, which uses radar technology to detect crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space; and Top View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle’s surroundings – combine to enhance everyday usability.
Park Assist is also available – a system that detects suitable parking spaces (both parallel and perpendicular) before autonomous steering takes over to support parking manoeuvres.
Other innovative systems available include Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety.
The Bentayga’s 8″ touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages.
Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2″ Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity.
Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga V8: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Nairn for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters for unrivalled recreation of the highest audio frequencies.
General Data and Dimensions
Length: 5140 mm / 202.4″
Width (inc. mirrors): 2224 mm/ 87.5″
Width (across body): 1998 mm/ 78.7″
Height: 1742 mm / 68.6″
Wheelbase: 2995 mm/ 117.9″
Front track: 1689 mm / 66.5″
Rear track: 1693 mm/ 66.7″
Front legroom: 1058 mm/ 41.7″
Rear legroom: 1039 mm/ 40.9″
Front headroom: 1023 mm/ 40.3″
Rear headroom: 965 mm / 38″
Kerb weight (EU): 2388 kg/ 5264 lb
Gross vehicle weight: 3250 kg/ 7165 lb
Weight distribution: 56:44 unladen, 48:52 fully loaded
Drag coefficient: Cd 0.34
Wheels: 20″ design in 2x finishes, 2x 21″ design in 3x finishes, 22″ design in 3x finishes
Tyres: Pirelli 275/50R20, 285/45 R21, 285/45 ZR21, 285/40ZR22
Boot volume: Four-seat: 431 litres/ 15.2 cu ft (Five seat: 484 litres/ 17.1 cu ft)
Fuel capacity: 85 litres/ 18.7 UK gallons/ 22.5 US gallons
Configuration: All-new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol
Capacity: 3996 cc / 243.9 cubic inches
Induction: 2x twin-scroll turbochargers, inside the V
Power: 550 PS / 542 bhp / 404 kW @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 770 Nm/ 568 lb.ft @ 1960-4500 rpm
Bore x stroke: 86 mm x 86 mm / 3.4″x 3.4″
Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Fuel delivery: Direct injection
Fuel: Gasoline, 95-98 RON
Valve gear: 2x overhead camshafts, adjustable duration, 32 valves
Cylinder deactivation: Four cylinders, valves and fuel deactivated at light load
Chassis and Drivetrain
Front suspension: Four link double wishbones, opt. 48V electric active anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: Trapezoidal multi-link, optional 48V electric active anti-roll bar
Springs and dampers: Self-levelling air suspension, Continuous Damping Control
Front brakes: 400 mm ventilated iron / 440 mm CSiC
Rear brakes: 380 mm ventilated iron / 370 mm CSiC
Calipers: Six-piston front calipers (iron) / 10-piston front (CSiC), sliding rear calipers
Steering system: Electronic Power Assisted Steering, servotonic, variable ratio
Turning circle: 12.4 m / 40.6 ft
Drive configuration: ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive, Torsen centre differential, open rear differential with Electronic Diff Lock
Final drive: 2.85
Notes: Four or eight-mode drive mode control. Four ride heights. Bentley Dynamic Ride (48V electric active roll control) available.
Exterior and Interior Specifications
Body materials: Steel and aluminium monocoque, superformed aluminium front fenders, aluminium bonnet.
Headlights: All-LED headlamps with signature daylight running lamps. LED rear lamps. Integrated headlamp washer in outer headlamp.
Infotainment: All-new 8″ central touchscreen with gesture control, new navigation with 3D building display. 60 GB solid-state hard drive, with 11 GB for onboard music. AM / FM / DAB radio, CD/ DVD, optional digital TV. Thirty languages sets text-to-speech and voice recognition. 2x SD card slots, 2x USB slots, Bluetooth, 4G telephone module, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. Optional 2x 10″ Rear Sear Entertainment tablets (Android), full connectivity to car and outside, integrated webcam and onboard memory. Touch Screen Remote for rear cabin control.
Sound system: Standard six channel, ten-speaker system. Signature Audio features 700 W, 12 speakers (five Balanced Mode Radiators, four bass, two tweeters and sub-woofer). Naim for Bentley Premium Audio features 1800 W, 18 channels, 18 speakers including Super Tweeters.
Safety: Driver’s and passenger’s airbags, front and rear side curtains, front and rear seat thorax bags. Crash detection and mitigation systems.
Driver assistance: Suite of advanced technologies, including Head-Up Display, Night Vision, Park Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and many others
Paint colours: 7 standard, 100 extended, bespoke on request
Hood colours: N/A
Hide colours: 15 standard
Veneer species: 9 available
0-60 mph: 4.4 secs
0-100 mph: 9.9 secs
0-100 km/h: 4.5 secs
0-160 km/h: 9.8 secs
Top speed: 180 mph / 290 km/h
Fuel Economy and Emissions – EU and EPA drive cycles
Urban: 18.1 mpg / 15.6 litres/100 km
Extra urban: 31.4 mpg/ 9.0 litres/100 km
Combined: 24.8 mpg/ 11.4 litres/100 km
C02: 260 g/km