Ben­tayga to Uva Mira

Road Trip - - CONTENTS - Story by Wil­helm Loots | Im­ages © Bent­ley SA

The name Bent­ley is syn­ony­mous with op­u­lence as these lux­ury mar­ques carry them­selves with a sense of grace. After a road trip in the new Bent­ley Ben­tayga Diesel to Uva Mira Moun­tain Vine­yards, where space and si­lence roam free on the slopes of the Helder­berg Moun­tain Range, Wil­helm Loots dis­cov­ered that the new ad­di­tion to the Bent­ley legacy adds a new di­men­sion to the ul­ti­mate lux­u­ries of life – space and si­lence.

The Cape winelands are re­plete with routes and by­ways to sur­prise and de­light the most sea­soned road trip­per, but none are as well suited for test­ing the most lux­u­ri­ous SUV in the world than a trip over Helshoogte and down the Ban­hoek val­ley to­wards Pniel, and on to Fran­schhoek be­fore as­cend­ing the twisty Fran­schhoek Pass and drop­ping down to Thee­wa­ter­skloof Dam, fol­lowed by a long sweep­ing arc past Vil­liers­dorp to­wards the N2 and Sir Lowry’s Pass, be­fore head­ing back to­wards Stel­len­bosch and our fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, Uva Mira Moun­tain Vine­yards. It is the road oft’ trav­elled by those in the know be­cause the ex­pe­ri­ence is al­ways dif­fer­ent, depend­ing on the time of day, the weather, the stops along the way and, of course, your steed of choice.

So, on a per­fect sun soaked win­ter’s day, our steed of choice was the Bent­ley Ben­tayga Diesel, the first diesel model in the his­tory of Bent­ley, and ar­guably the most ef­fi­cient and silent diesel ever cre­ated. At the heart of the fastest and most pow­er­ful lux­ury diesel SUV in the world beats an en­gi­neer­ing marvel, an all-new, triplecharged, 4.0-litre, 32-valve V8 diesel en­gine. Devel­op­ing 320 kw and 900 Nm of torque, the Ben­tayga Diesel is ca­pa­ble of a top speed of 270 km/h and can ac­cel­er­ate all of its 2.4 tons from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 sec­onds. Even more re­mark­able is the to­tal lack of any of the usual ir­ri­ta­tions of diesel en­gines – noise, vi­bra­tion, and pol­lu­tion.

New clean tech­nol­ogy en­sures the low­est CO2 emis­sions of any Bent­ley, as well as a range of over 1,000 km, which would al­low you to drive from Jo­han­nes­burg to Port El­iz­a­beth, on a sin­gle tank … in vir­tual si­lence as the V8, much like a petrol en­gine, im­parts only a sonorous and re­as­sur­ing hum when sum­moned.

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