When a high-profile company such as Bentley makes an SUV that claims to have off-road capability, for the price you’re paying for a 2017 Bentley Bentayga, Bentley better make sure to be true to their word. Everything about the Bentayga is excess; upon placing your order, you are given the chance to choose an optional luxury paint color priced at $5715 each.
The 2017 Bentley Bentayga is a Very Capable Off-Roader
The 2017 Bentley Bentayga looks like it doesn’t belong on the mountain trails, at stock you are given zero accessories for trail use such as tow hooks and winches; put it simply the Bentayga looks ill-equipped to tackle the treacherous trails. Rolling on low profile 21-inch wheels which is just looking to be punctured, all the stock hardware is mitigated by the brains of the Bentayga. Under the hood is a monster of an engine; the W12: a 6-liter 12 cylinder twin turbocharged engine putting out 600hp at 6000rpm and 664lb-ft of torque at a trail-friendly 1350rpm erasing the need for a reduction gear for rock-crawling torque.
On the inside, it is absolute luxury for the 2017 Bentayga; you feel like as if you’ve taken your yacht on a trailer and towed it to the desert mountains and rode it as it was being towed through the trail. With your choice of what color the leather and the trim, everything just speaks quality and more luxury. Seats feature heating, cooling, and massaging to name a few features on the inside. If you’re out camping this’ll be the best tent in the campgrounds.
Driving the 2017 Bentley Bentayga off-road its unsuitable features is negated by the technology and power packed inside. The W12 ensures there is power to crawl through the trails, the adaptive dampers and air suspension make sure that there is enough ground clearance to keep the underbody from banging and scraping the sharp rocks, the ABS even works as a simulated locking or limited slip differential as well as torque vectoring. Proving its worth on the dirt, it’s on the pavement where the Bentayga feels truly at home. Stable at high speeds made possible by a 0-60 time in just 3.5 seconds, the Bentayga instils absolute confidence when driving at speed because of its solid handling. Be it on or off road, the Bentley Bentayga does the job, while it’s not a hardcore off roader, it’s a capable SUV and an excellent performer on the tarmac.
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