Bentley Bentayga Speed SUV will have more muscle and big change in its design
Bentley Motors Limited is among the luxury car brands that have only in recent years added a sport utility vehicle (SUV) to its lineup, with the Bentayga. It has been a hit, with its performance and briefly-held Nurburgring lap record. The Bentayga is rumoured to be aiming for the Pikes Peak hill climb SUV record next. And while the Rolls-Royce Cullinan remains to be topped in terms of outright luxury yet, Bentley seems to be aiming to out-muscle its competitors at the top of the SUV food chain, with a Speed version. Bentley design chief Steven Sielaff has confirmed that a more muscular Bentley Bentayga Speed is under development. It was only recently that the Bentley Bentayga V8 was launched in India.
Sielaff has said that brand loyalists should expect a big design change with the Speed version of the SUV. The new SUV will have a big design change, he said. We interpret this as a more aggressive style with fatter, bigger wheels and tyres, a sportier and lowered fascia with bigger air dams, and sharper body lines, and possibly a lowered, stiffer ride.
That is only the cosmetics. Sielaff also claimed that the Bentayga Speed, which will come powered by the same twin-turbo W12 as the top of the line variant of the SUV, will also sport added ponies. In its current form, it already makes 608PS, while its platform-sharing Lamborghini Urus features the same engine with a 650PS output. Expect the Bentayga Speed to sport a similar or higher power output.
Since the final product is not ready, there is no date for release yet. But an early 2019 reveal is likely.