The finest automotive interior in the world, with handcrafted wood and leather throughout – engineered with precision to deliver absolute perfection. The cockpit sets new standards, with meticulous tolerances between the exquisite veneered woods and metal elements. The dashboard takes the iconic Bentley ‘wing’ design as its inspiration, with the beautifully finished surfaces flowing gracefully from door to door over the top of the instrument binnacles, down under the centre console and back up around the passenger side fascia and foot well.The hand-selected veneers form pure and elegant surfaces throughout the cabin, and finished with trademark Bentley attention to detail.
Sumptuous front seats, individually handcrafted in Crewe and featuring 22-way adjustment including adjustable cushion and backrest bolsters, provide superb support and comfort for all conditions. This cosseted feeling is further enhanced with a six-programme massage system, seat heating and ventilation.
The Crewe-built W12 TSI engine. This 6.0-litre twin-turbo unit combines efficiency and refinement of unrivalled power and torque. It is the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world and develops 600 bhp @ 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm from 1,250 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The Bentayga is capable of dispatching the sprint to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 187 mph. Using both direct and indirect fuel injection. Switching seamlessly between the two technologies, the combination of these systems maximises refinement, delivers low particulate emissions and maximises power and torque delivery.
An efficiency figure of 292 g/km CO2 is made possible in part thanks to the Variable Displacement system, which shuts down half of the engine under defined conditions. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved efficiency. The transmission and four-wheel-drive system has been strengthened to handle the demands and high torque levels of off-road driving.
Responsive Off-Road Setting allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.
Adaptive Cruise Control 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 5th to 8th gear, when the driver releases the throttle (at motorway cruising speed, for example) the car will open the torque converter, dropping the engine to idle and simply allowing the car to roll or ‘sail’. When the throttle is reapplied, or the car starts going downhill and detects an increase in speed, the transmission is re-engaged.The new W12 sees a 11.9% efficiency improvement compared to the existing powertrain.