A smaller engined Bentley SUV just made its debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show. The new V8-powered Bentayga will be slotted below the 6.0-liter W12 and above the triple-charged V8 diesel versions.
The Bentley Bentayga V8 will be offered globally with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 good for 550 hp and 568 pound-feet of torque. Although output and performance still trails the range-topping W12 model, Bentley is marketing the Bentayga V8 as its most sporting SUV to date. The V8 model will sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and tops out at 180 mph.
To distinguish the V8-powered model, Bentley has added a black and chrome grille, as well as figure-eight-shaped exhaust tips. Customers have the option to upgrade to ceramic brakes for more stopping power. All-new 22-in black-painted, polished five-spoke wheels are available, along with 10 other options. Inside, there’s an eight-inch infotainment screen up front, a removable 10.2-inch Android-based Bentley Entertainment Tablet in back, and three audio system options right up to the 1,950-watt, 18-speaker system.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced for the Bentayga V8, but it should come in well under the twelve cylinder model’s $230K price tag.