Just when we though that this year Bentley Motors will bring in the diesel-powered Bentayga, the company went ahead and got the lower powered sibling, the V8. The Bentley Bentayga V8 SUV is priced at Rs 3.78 crore, ex-showroom Mumbai. This price is sans the options that one can deck the Bentayga with. Bentley had earlier launched the Bentayga W12 for around Rs 4 crore plus. Both the Bentaygas now on offer in India are fueled by petrol engines and massive ones at that.
The engine under the hood of the Bentley Bentayga V8 is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged unit that makes 540PS and 770Nm of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and sends power to all the four wheels. 0-100kmph is dispatched in a claimed 4.4s while the top speed is 290kmph. Bentley claims a range of 746km from the latest engine and says that this is achievable partly due to the cylinder deactivation mode. Under low load or cruising conditions when all of the eight cylinders aren’t required for acceleration purpose, four of them are shut down to improve the efficiency. Less the number of cylinders to feed, less is the fuel consumption – simple math. Of course, the deactivation happens electronically so that the rich boffin sitting in the rear seat doesn’t have to necessarily know it. The engine by the way is Euro-VI compliant.
The Bentley Bentayga V8 offers the maximum number of drive modes available in any production cars – up to eight modes. These help while driving over snow, regular conditions, rain and sand. To help identify the discerning eye that this is indeed the V8 engine-d car, Bentley has painted the grille a gloss black colour and also added a bit of chrome sheen to it. The brake calipers, which by the way Bentley says is the largest in the business, are painted a cool red colour. A wood and hide trimmed steering wheel can be optioned with the Bentayga V8 and then there is also the cricket ball leather trim for the upholstery.
For this two-tonne and near 5.5metre long SUV, it is but natural that there are multiple driver aids to the rescue. These include parallel park assist where the SUV’s radar systems will detect an apt parking spot between two cars and maneuver itself there with little assistance from the driver. Others like Night Vision which uses infra-red rays to inform the driver of an obstacle in his path, head-up display and more are also available.