Big And Bold

Bent­ley’s first-ever SUV brings the sto­ried Bri­tish brand into a new era. By Ben Chia

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Lifestyle -

The pro­lif­er­a­tion of SUVS is a trend that’s not go­ing away any time soon, and rather than ig­nor­ing this new wave in the au­to­mo­tive world, car­mak­ers are em­brac­ing the change. Even tra­di­tional pre­mium high­end brands, more of­ten fo­cused on craft­ing sump­tu­ously lux­u­ri­ous limos or ex­otic sports coupés, are start­ing to dip their toes in the SUV seg­ment for the first time.

Case in point, Bent­ley, which has re­cently re­vealed its first such model in its his­tory. The Ben­tayga marks the Bri­tish brand’s de­but in the SUV mar­ket, and looks set to cap­i­talise on the in­sa­tiable de­mand for such ve­hi­cles world­wide. While the Ben­tayga cer­tainly is a marked de­par­ture from what Bent­ley is known for, the com­pany in­sists that it still em­bod­ies the same val­ues that make it clas­si­cally Bent­ley.

That means an in­te­rior that re­ceives the same hand­crafted at­ten­tion to de­tail as all Bent­leys, with top- notch lux­ury that any Bent­ley owner would ex­pect. Wood ve­neers and plush leather, with end­less cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions, set the am­bi­ence, all pro­duced from the hands of the finest crafts­men from Crewe, and they blend seam­lessly with the mod­ern touches that make the Ben­tayga’s cabin a truly invit­ing space. A 12-speaker au­dio sys­tem is stan­dard, as are the state- of-the-art in­fo­tain­ment and driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, while op­tions in­clude an 18-speaker sound sys­tem and a highly lim­ited edi­tion Bre­itling Mulliner Tour­bil­lon time­piece that sits proudly in the mid­dle of the dash­board.

Un­der­neath the Ben­tayga’s rugged and chis­elled ex­te­rior styling, de­signed to cut an im­pos­ing fig­ure wher­ever you go, lies a truly so­phis­ti­cated car that makes it a wor­thy ri­val to any of its nu­mer­ous SUV com­peti­tors out there today. Ad­justable air sus­pen­sion is stan­dard, and gives the Ben­tayga a ride qual­ity that is as plush and com­fort­able as any Bent­ley, while at the same time, it also of­fers adapt­abil­ity to any driv­ing con­di­tion, in­dulging the driver with a sporty drive should he de­sires.

And the Ben­tayga is not found want­ing for per­for­mance either, with a 6.0- litre W12 en­gine pro­duc­ing 600bhp and 900Nm of torque pow­er­ing this bold be­he­moth. 0 to 100km/ h is dis­patched in 4.1 sec­onds, and the Ben­tayga is able to go on to a top speed of 301km/ h, mak­ing it the fastest and most pow­er­ful SUV cur­rently on sale. This puts the Ben­tayga in a truly ex­clu­sive club, an ad­mirable feat in an in­creas­ingly crowded world of SUVS.

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