The world of luxury SUVs is reduced to a dozen models, further reducing the spectrum, those called "high performance" can be counted on the fingers of one hand. With its 635hp, the Speed version of the Bentley Bentayga makes it the fastest SUV in the world today, with its 307 km / h peak. But beyond performance, it is also the one that offers luxury still unequaled at this level of range. The fastest, the most luxurious, but is it easy to live in everyday life?
Above all an automotive experience
To board a Bentley is to access an extraordinary automotive world, far above everyone's credentials. The Bentayga is an imposing, massive SUV, the attributes of the Speed version give it an even more impressive appearance. Equipped with a spoiler, skirts and a spoiler, the car seems anchored in the ground, especially since with the adjustable suspensions it can have a ground clearance close to a sedan. Its generous dimensions, over 5m long, 1.9m high and 2m wide, command respect and care, especially in the city. Its line is imbued with the codes of the house, with, on the side, well-shaped hips and a huge hood which ends on a majestic grille above which the ‘Flying B’ sits enthroned. Before we even have the chance to open the door, we are overcome with emotion at the idea of having access to it! Once the door is opened, the nose is affected first, this characteristic smell filled with scents of rare woods and precious leathers. The covers are splendid, different leather colors, assembled to perfection, à Speed ’stitching reminds you that you are not in the Bentayga of Mister‘ everyone ’. The seats are imposing, and wrap you to pamper yourself with their massage and heating functions, including in the back. The Mulliner department has reserved a truly exclusive finish for this version.
Gentlemen, start your engines
Now is the time to start the W12, thanks to the 'hand free' start, just press the 'Start' button, there the big block gently snorts, even in sport mode the exhaust does not leave spend a lot of noise, discretion so British. Behind the superb steering wheel (also with a remarkable finish), there are first of all the counters, analog and digital versions in the center. Then at the end of the very long hood, the head-up vision displays all the elements necessary for driving, including GPS. The Bentley is certainly committed to its values but does not forget to be modern and technological, with in particular all driving aids (ADAS 2). In town I put the driving mode selector on ‘B’, namely the ‘Bentley’ mode, a compromise between comfort and sportiness. The big SUV is a gentleman and adapts very well to Parisian traffic, only a few audible alerts will disturb the ambient calm when some punters get a little too close to the noble body. You have to take the direction of slightly clearer roads to exploit the cavalry a little more…
Sport mode activated
The Speed version has a driving mode that has been specially programmed for it, the "Sport" configuration allows you to exploit the resources of the car while preserving maximum safety. It must be said that bringing 635 horses requires a little assistance. The suspensions are firmer, the accelerator more responsive, the Bentayga changes its personality and is now sporty, even the ground clearance is reduced. Without having the behavior of a star dancer, it is easy to take along and the power of the W12 even gives it a certain lightness despite the weight of the machine. The brakes never struggle to slow the car down, and comfort remains royal. There is no doubt that we touch the exceptional on board the SUV, a clever blend of everything that has made Bentley's DNA for over 100 years.
A threatened species
Driving this type of vehicle will quickly become an extremely rare pleasure, environmental standards are gradually marking the end of this kind of car. So yes this Bentayga Speed becomes a rare object but above all an object of pleasure and desire. This is why it must figure prominently in a garage worthy of the name, alongside triumphant V12, V8 raging and W12 exceptions, because soon it will be too late and this mechanical know-how will leave make way for another automotive dimension, that of 'political correctness'. So if you can, go for it, have fun, the Bentayga Speed will not disappoint you.