The new Bentley Bentayga V8 headlines a trio of models for the luxury British brand at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. PEAKLIFE gives you all the details.
Powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol engine, the latest version of Bentley’s exquisite SUV combines limousine-like refinement with exceptional performance and sporting character and will be showcased in China for the first time.
Alongside it will be the all-new Continental GT, a car that sets new standards in luxury Grand Touring. Also making its Beijing show debut, it is designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, and features the highest levels of attention to detail, artistry and cutting-edge technology.
Representing the pinnacle of luxury saloons, the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase will also be on display. Created for customers with a preference for being driven, with the extended wheelbase of 250 mm being entirely to the benefit of the rear-seat passengers’ legroom.
Power, Luxury, and Usability – The Bentley Bentayga V8
Sitting at the core of the Bentayga range, the new V8 model fuses exquisite luxury with power, usability and extensive sporting ability. Its responsive performance is fully customizable on demand by the driver through Bentley’s Drive Dynamics system, from limousine-like refinement to sporting precision.
At its heart is a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine developing 542 bhp (550 PS) and 568 lb.ft. (770 Nm) of torque.
This powers the Bentayga V8, the most performance-orientated version to date, from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds), and on to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). Such immense power doesn’t compromise efficiency either – the new-generation engine helps give the Bentayga V8 a range of 464 miles (746 km), with CO2 emissions of 260 g/km.
The new model also benefits from a characteristic V8 burble, stylish twin-quad exhaust pipes, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes. These features combine to reveal even more of the Bentayga V8’s sporting nature, with responsive performance fully customized by the driver through Bentley’s Drive Dynamics system.
Inside, the Bentayga V8 showcases the Bentley tradition of intricate detailing and fine, handcrafted precision using authentic materials. Among the three innovative, new interior options is a high-gloss carbon-fiber finish for the first time. A wood and hide trimmed steering wheel option is also a first.
A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga V8 an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV.
Bentayga V8 is also available with Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology. The system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering, ensuring maximum tyre contact. This delivers class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and handling. Optional carbon-ceramic brakes are the world’s largest front brake system.
The Definition of Grand Touring – The All-New Continental GT
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the third generation Bentley Continental GT is a peerless Grand Tourer. The beautifully sculpted exterior design combines with an innovative, exquisite interior to create a statement of true luxury.
At the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for almost 100 years, the all-new Continental GT is the very pinnacle of design and engineering achievement. It confirms Bentley’s position as the world leader in luxury mobility.
Under the sculpted bonnet is the all-new, enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, mated for the first time to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission for faster more efficient gear changes.
A new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to ensure a responsive ride and exceptional handling and refinement in all road conditions. It controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement.
Inside, the cabin is tailored specifically to the modern luxury customer and features the innovative Bentley Rotating Display – a 12.3” touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit which revolves the veneer to reveal the touchscreen, as well as three elegant analog dials.
Rear-Seat Comfort Redefined – The Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase
Handcrafted in Britain, the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase is the ultimate expression of automotive luxury. The most luxurious Bentley model ever, the flagship of the company’s range is a statement of craftsmanship and artistry.
Designed with the back-seat passenger in mind, it features an additional 250mm of rear legroom, airline-style extending leg rests and a rear compartment sunroof.
A beautifully appointed console separates the two rear seats. Ornate and functional, it is appointed in the finest handcrafted veneer, metal, glass, and leather, while housing practical features such as USB ports, pen holders, cup holders and a glass-covered stowage area.
Both rear seats can also be specified with a deployable, folding table. For privacy, electric curtains at the rear are standard fitment and can be tailored with either a black or champagne-colored interior lining.