Bentley launched the Bentayga in India in the year 2016. Back then, it was a W12 petrol engine and was claimed to be the fastest SUV of its time. Two years past its debut, Bentley has come up with a less powerful version of the same powered by a V8 petrol engine. The former was priced at Rs. 3.85 crore while the latter is priced at Rs. 3.78 crore (ex-showroom) in India.
The newly launched Bentayga gets a total changeover when it comes to engine specs. In comparison to the W12, the V8 has lots of changes under the hood. The engine is a 4.0-litre petrol engine that is turbo charged and delivers a power of 550PS and a peak torque of 700 Nm. As mentioned, the output values are lesser when compared to the W12 variant. The variation in power and torque is up to 58PS and 200 Nm which is quite a big difference.
The V8 on the other hand also draws few similarities from the W12 like the ZF 8- speed automatic transmission that sends power to all its four wheels in a 40:60 ratio. Following the change in engine spec, the company claims that the V8 Bentayga can clock 0-100 kmph in 4.4 seconds at a maximum speed of 290kmph. The top speed on the W12 is 301kmph.
It is quite evident from the technicalities of the SUV that the V8 is a little far in the race with the W12 when it comes to speed and performance. However, this in turn has a joyous advantage of a claimed mileage of 8.7 kmpl while the W12 has a 6.8kmpl of mileage. This as a whole gives the V8 Bentayga a range of 746km i.e. 168kms of added delight to the driving experience.
The V8, although lags behind in terms of performance but does come with optional Carbon-ceramic brakes which wasn’t seen in the W12. What makes this special and unique is that this braking system is said to be the most powerful and largest to be installed on a Bentley. Apart from the Bentayga V8, the system can also be seen in the recently launched Lamborghini Urus. The braking torque on the Bentayga V8 is of 6,000 Nm produced as a result of the 10 piston calipers at the front combined with 440mm discs.
The Bentayga V8 does look similar to its elder sibling W12, but does get some minor cosmetic upgrades such as the front grille with black gloss finish and window surrounds. The wheels offered are 21-inch while the 20-inch and 22-inch are offered optional on the V8.
The Bentayga is a combination of power with luxury. It falls under the 3+ crore SUV range. While it’s not as performance efficient as the Lamborghini Urus which is relatively more aggressive with similar engine specs, a major competition can be foreseen with the launch of Rolls Royce Cullinan.