British luxury car manufacturer, Bentley, is known for a few things; mainly for being the cars of the rich and famous, including the Royal Family. However, as of February 14, 2019, they’re known for something else – being the proud producers of the world’s fastest SUV.
The Lamborghini Urus
Before Bentley decided they wanted to compete in the super-quick SUV race, Lamborghini had released their Urus – a V8 SUV with a top speed of 189.5mph (that 0.5 is important). Combining their love of sports cars with the functionality of an SUV, Lambo were proud to take the top spot in the industry. However, less than two years later, Bentley decided to bring out their new vehicle and knock Lamborghini off their perch.
The Bentley Bentayga
On February 14, 2019, Bentley unveiled their latest SUV – the Bentley Bentayga. This bright orange beast has a top speed of 190mph, so just 0.5mph quicker than the Lambo. However, it hasn’t won all of the prizes just yet. It takes the Bentayga 3.9 seconds to reach 62mph, compared to the 3.6 seconds it takes the Lamborghini Urus. It may not be the fastest accelerator, but you’re definitely going to turn heads roaring down the street in this car.
What They’ve Changed
So, how have they done to turn their standard Bentayga into the fastest SUV in the world? Well, not actually that much. The twin-turbo W12 engine has had an upgrade in horsepower, from 599bhp to 626bhp. The torque output hasn’t budged, however, and it’s likely that their increase in horsepower is just from a hack in the ECU more than any actual real upgrades. Still, they’ve knocked 0.2 seconds off their 0-62mph acceleration time and taken the top spot in the battle of the SUVs, so it’s still a win in Bentley’s eyes.
While there haven’t really been any big changes with the Bentley Bentayga, the British car company can be proud of their top spot. For now. It’s likely that Lamborghini will come back fighting to win their title back before long, however.