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Meet the Bentley Bentayga Speed: the world’s fastest SUV (by 0.6mph!)

Bentley Bentayga Speed. Photo: James Lipman /
Bentley Bentayga Speed. Photo: James Lipman /

By Paul Connolly

This is the stunning new Bentley Bentayga Speed – which is now officially claiming the title of world’s fastest SUV.

Bentley’s engineers have tweaked the existing range-topping Bentayga W12 model to make the Speed, generating another 10mph over the previous fastest model – giving it an official top speed of 190.1mph.

That’s a whole 0.6mph faster than the 189.5mph Lamborghini Urus, which had previously held the fastest SUV record.

The Urus is still fastest from 0-62mph, though – 3.6 seconds versus the Speed’s 3.9 seconds.

The new Bentley’s power comes an uprated 6.0-litre twin turby W12 engine that produces

626bhp (26bhp more than before). Torque remains the same at 900Nm.

The Speed is equipped with four on-road Drive Dynamics modes: Comfort at one extreme, and Bentley and Sport at the other, with Custom for customers who opt to create their own driving set-up.

Uniquely in the Speed, the Sport mode has been recalibrated to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride.

Bentley Dynamic Ride is the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system.  It is designed to instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering.

Bentley’s engineers have created a better soundtrack from the exhaust, particularly during start up and gear downshifts.

A firmer version of Bentayga’s permanent all-wheel drive offers “class-leading” handling and go-anywhere ability, while powerful ceramic brakes are also an option.

The Bentayga Speed’s ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, with a maximum braking toque of 6,000 Nm and engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1,000 °C. They also save more than 20 kg over iron brakes.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in the UK, the Bentayga Speed builds on a long tradition of Bentley Speed models that was born with the Continental GT in 2007.

The new Speed sports a purposeful exterior look. Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts and a striking tailgate spoiler hint at the SUV’s performance credentials.

There’s also dark-tint radiator and bumper grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design available in three finishes and Speed signature badging.

Inside, the Speed gets a new design theme. This includes ‘swooshes’ around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console; a new contrast stitching on the diamond quilting.

Additional trademarks are discreet Speed badging; a Speed illuminated treadplate signature, and the use of Alcantara materials for the first time in a Bentayga.

Price has not yet been revealed. But with the standard Bentayga starting at circa £136k and the Bentayga W12 costing around £165k, we would expect the Speed to go on sale around the £185k mark.

This won’t be the end of the luxury SUV top-speed wars, of course. Lamborghini is likely to hit back with a re-tuned version of the Urus, and with Ferrari launching an SUV next year all eyes will be on the top speed of the Prancing Horse offering.

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