Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

The New Bentley Bentayga V8 Features The World's Biggest Brakes

The New Bentley Bentayga V8 Features The World's Biggest Brakes

The Bentley Bentayga will gain a third engine in its lineup: a V8 is making its way across the greater Volkswagen Automotive Group empire. It will reach 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, which is just a few ticks slower than the 600 horsepower 6.0L W12 engine.

But "lower" in this context is relative, as the V8 Bentayga is hardly short on get up and go, with 542bhp and 568lb/ft of torque promising 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 180mph. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Bentayga V8 will be able to propel itself from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 180 miles per hour, so it's not far off on paper. This model will also offer optional carbon-ceramic brakes that the company calls "the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, and the largest front brake system available on any production auto". The optional front ceramic brakes are the largest ones fitted to a production vehicle in the form of 440mm discs featuring 10-piston callipers.The rear brakes measure in at a smaller 370mm. There are 440mm discs upfront with 10 pistons calipers and 370mm at the rear, and they sit inside massive 22-inch alloys with a five-spoke gloss black finish.

If the Bentayga V8's lavish trim options don't impress, its tech-packed cockpit might. And we bet the same will be true in the case of the Bentayga which has just spawned a V-8 option of its own. It inherits the quad exhaust from the TDI, and can be specified with optional carbon ceramic brakes for the first time. On the inside, however, there are some additions over the W12 such as glossy carbon fibre trims all around, wooden insert on steering wheel and the first-ever cricket-ball leather upholstery. The starting price should fall somewhere below the $230k sticker of the W-12 model.

Bentley hasn't announced availability but look for the Bentayga V8 to make its way into showrooms this spring. If this carries through to other markets, it shaves off nearly $45,000 from the starting price of the W12 version (before options, which willprobably add back$45,000).

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