Bent­ley Ben­tayga

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MONTH 2 By Ben Miller

THE FES­TI­VAL of Speed’s only ¬law is that Stam­ford and Good­wood House are 155 te­dious miles apart. But miles mat­ter less in a Ben­tayga; they’re eas­ier and ul­ti­mately in­con­se­quen­tial. You sit there, happy, and you ar­rive places. This is un­usual. Land travel has al­ways de­manded e–ort on the part of the trav­eller – and a Bent­ley lets you o– the hook. The air sus­pen­sion smooths the M25 just as it ¬lat­tens the Duke of Rich­mond’s parched ¬ields and, should a gap ap­pear two or three cars up the road, the V8 sim­ply puts you in it at very lit­tle no­tice.

Flies in the oint­ment? The low-level but con­sis­tent anx­i­ety that nd comes with run­ning a 4.0-litre V8, with its at­ten­dant fuel con­sump­tion and, when we get cre­ative with our route into Good­wood, the fun­da­men­tal in­com­pat­i­bil­ity of an­cient Sus­sex lanes and a Bent­ley that feels ev­ery inch of its two me­tres wide.

LOG­BOOK BENT­LEY BEN­TAYGA V8

Price £136,200 As tested £213,875 En­gine 3996cc 32v twin-turbo V8, 542bhp @ 6000rpm, 568lb ft @ 1960rpm Trans­mis­sion 8-speed auto, all-wheel drive Per­for­mance 4.5sec 0¡62mph, 180mph, 260g/km CO2 Miles this month 1303 To­tal 2145 Our mpg 20.4 O€icial mpg 24.8

Fuel this month £389.41 Ex­tra costs None

Ben ar­rives in the duke’s ield. Not shown, Ben sell­ing be­long­ings to pay for the fuel to get home

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