The Bentley Bentayga S has been revealed. The ‘S’ model attempts to strike a balance between luxury and performance, but going by the traits, it could even reel in the buyers eyeing the Lamborghini Urus and the Audi RSQ8
The Bentley Bentayga S has been unveiled and the ‘S’ model slots right between the standard Bentayga and the full-blown Bentayga Speed. As the hierarchy dictates, the S is a sportier take on the standard luxury SUV and gets a few mechanical upgrades to live up to its ‘S’ badge, but first, let’s take a closer look at the cosmetic changes.
The wing mirror covers have been painted in gloss black, and so are the door sills. The headlamp and the tail lamps have been given a tinted effect. The roof spoiler in the Bentayga is longer than the standard model and the split (black) oval exhaust tips have a larger aperture. The wheel size continues to be 22-inch that gets black detailing as well. There is a blacked-out ‘S’ badge on the tail along with other trims on the SUV.
Moving to the mechanical bits, the Bentayga S is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that churns out 542 bhp and 770Nm of torque. All the power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and it helps propel this larger SUV to a 100km/hr from standstill in a claimed 4.4 seconds – with a top speed of 290km/hr. Bentley also offers a performance exhaust as standard. Bentley claims that the Bentayga S offers a range of over 650km in one full tank of petrol.
The Dynamic Ride system is offered standard in the new SUV. This anti-roll system uses a 48-volt power supply to offer a 1,200Nm of force within 0.3-seconds to twist the chassis back to its original position – negating all the body roll and improving its cornering abilities. In addition, Bentley has also increased the stiffness of its steering dampers by 15 per cent for greater feedback along with tweaks in the suspension system. The Bentayga S also gets an updated torque vectoring system that biases the power to the wheel with maximum traction. All the mechanical and software upgrades could result in better lateral force management and an improved (faster) drive through the corners.
The Bentayga S takes on the likes of the Audi RSQ8, Lamborghini Urus, and the Aston Martin DBX and there are slim chances of Bentley offering the Bentayga S in the Indian market in the distant future.