Yes, this is a Bentley SUV and you’d better get used to it, because it will undoubtedly become the best-selling model in the British brand’s proud history.
The Bentley Bentayga is the world’s most expensive SUV, with its Australian price starting from about $420,000 for the initial version of the car equipped with an all-new W12 twin-turbo engine.
Before we get into it, we must address the elephant in the room. The Bentley Bentayga may not be what many would call pretty, but it’s certainly very striking in the flesh, possessing a lot of presence – particularly from the front. The rear is more conservative, but it all works together as a package.
Furthermore, Bentley making an SUV is merely a sign of the times. When Porsche came out with the first Cayenne SUV back in 2002, many said it was the end for the German performance brand, having given over its sporting soul to making SUVs. Fast forward to today and SUVs account for nearly two thirds of all things from Porsche, but it hasn’t had any negative effect on purist models like the 911 or the Boxster. In fact, it’s the income from SUVs that has allowed Porsche to make cars such as the 911.
The case with the Bentley Bentayga is a little different, as the company claims to not need the money to fund its other models, and that it has instead made an SUV due to enormous customer demand. It makes sense, as large super-luxury sedans are becoming a tad old-school – so why not make super-luxury SUVs?