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MOTORING


is better Sometimes, smaller


The Bentayga of old always had the creamy-smooth yet powerful 6.0- litre W12 engine under the bonnet, producing swathes of torque, a huge top speed but with a somewhat disappointing mile per gallon figure. However that has changed thanks to a new V8 that has been dropped under the bonnet. We sent motoring journalist Nick Jones to try it out.


Having (just) 542 horsepower, the Bentley has the ability to run on just four cylinders (two from each bank that shut down) on a lightened right foot, thus enabling it to have a dramatic effect on fuel returns and emissions. These days, the twin-turbo V8 has to have all that


power to push the Bentley’s vast bulk around, and with it have a torque figure of 568lb-ft at just over 1,950 revs per minute. Despite it having twin blowers there is no turbo lag


whatsoever, just a seamless, effortless amount of power. Talking of which, it still harnesses it to the road via a


rear-biased four wheel drive set up which gives Crewe’s supercar a handy, welcome advantage when the going gets slippy. Advanced ESP stability control helps in ‘sport


traction’ mode allowing the driver extra scope to enjoy the handling, with the safety net still in place. The Bentayga still uses the eight-speed transmission


built by ZF, and can be used as a full automatic or by paddles behind the steering wheel. Top speed for the new V8 here is 180 miles per hour,


with 60 taking a scant 4.4 seconds. But it’s the fuel savings that is the real plus point here; the previous W12 would see single figures quite easily when pushing hard, perhaps mid teens on a decent run.


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Here, however, the V8 still has all the power and panache an engine has to have to be installed in a Bentley, yet delivers an astonishing 26 miles to the gallon, with the emission figure set at 296g/km – with a driving range of 404 miles. I just love the styling cues the V8 has also – the


black grille is menacingly apt, and if you were to raid the options list you could have larger alloy wheels, with styling cues both inside and out to really personalise the car. That matrix grille seems to stand more upright now


than slanted, and the lights are new bejewelled around their circumference with eye-catching LED daytime running lights. The fit and finish is exemplary of course, and the signature ‘floating’ LED lamps extend around the wings, giving meaning to the car’s purposeful, somewhat wide stance. The hand-crafted interior remains sumptuous with


acres of veneer, leather and woods; the fascia has been designed with a notion of symmetry, the centre console rising up to divide two epic paths of veneer, resembling the Bentley logo itself. Price-wise it now starts from £136,200 – but with the


generous options the price of the test car was north of £180,000, and the desirability of owning a Bentley has seen the residuals get even stronger.


FACTFILE


MODEL Bentley Bentayga V8


PRICE OTR £136,200


PERFORMANCE Top speed: 180 miles per hour 0-60 mph: 4.4 seconds


CO2 EMISSIONS 296g/km


COMBINED MPG 25.7 mpg


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