The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed is only for special markets

The V12 isn’t for everyone
by Ollie Kew | Aug 13, 2020
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Just in: Bentley has confirmed all the weights and measures of the new Bentayga Speed, and it’s exactly as quick as it used to be. They’ll be locked up in the Tower of London for this.

Or perhaps Her Majesty will pardon the engineers—nay, magicians—of Crewe when she notes the new Speed will, like the old Speed, do 0-100kph in a pulverizing 3.9sec, and romp past the usual 250kph limiter of most luxury cars until physics finally catches up with it. At 306kph. Even a Lambo Urus is just under 2kph slower than that. Ha!

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However, the Queen of England won’t be able to buy a Bentayga Speed. Nor will anyone in the UK or Europe, for that matter. Bentley is adamant that demand for 12-pot SUVs isn’t strong enough outside of the Americas, Asia, or the Middle East, so those are the only markets where this ultimate model will be sold. Everyone else makes do with the V8 one.

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This isn’t, of course, a wholly new Bentayga. Rather, it’s the range-topping facelifted model. New lights front and rear, a desperately needed infotainment touchscreen upgrade inside, and mostly the same deeply impressive, richly over-specified mechanicals under the re-drawn skin.

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Mind you, the new Bentayga also has a 20mm wider rear track, and Bentley has now had several years to get to grips with the new toybox of 48V anti-roll suspension, so if anything, the 2020 Speed will be even more stupidly capable at the limit.

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It’s also now greener. No, really. There’s cylinder deactivation, and the gearbox will decouple from the engine when coasting, to promote a low-friction, engine-off coast, saving the owner literally 0.0000001% of his daily gasoline budget.

Meanwhile, Bentley will shortly reveal the updated Bentayga Hybrid, which Extinction Rebellion will almost certainly be ordering a fleet of for its new company cars.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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