Bentley-Bentayga-2_resize Bentley Motors today hands over the first Bentayga to customers, at an exclusive event at the company’s global headquarters in Crewe, U.K.

The event marks a major milestone in Bentley’s history, as customer cars for the brand’s fourth model line; built in Crewe alongside the Continental GT, Flying Spur and Mulsanne; commence delivery around the world.

Taking more than 130 hours to produce each car, guests at the event in Crewe were given privileged access to Bentley’s factory to see the skill and passion involved in Bentayga’s creation, with insight from key people involved in the car’s design, engineering and craftsmanship.

The Bentayga’s styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant, timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlights and large matrix grille, to the distinctive power line and muscular haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout.

Bentayga’s wheel arches, fenders and bonnet deliver a balance between sportiness and SUV presence. The ultra-sharp Bentley power line and muscular rear haunch display a taut tension in side profile, as part of the largest single-piece aluminium pressing in the automotive world. Trademark Bentley features such as the large matrix grille and B-shaped wing vents afford the Bentayga a modern, dynamic elegance. The grille is flanked by four distinctive floating all-LED headlights, which are housed within the seamless superformed aluminium front fenders. There are the discreet headlight washers contained within the outer light’s body-coloured center, further illustrating the marque’s attention to details. From the rear, within the segmented lights, a new ‘B’-shaped illumination graphic is incorporated that affords the Bentayga an instantly recognizable and striking night-time signature. Finally, the Bentley SUV takes on wheel sizes ranging from 20- to 22-inch.

As standard, the Bentayga comes with a panoramic glass roof. Making up almost 60 per cent of the total roof surface, the 1.35m2 glass feature is split into two panes. Either side of the glass roof are aluminium roof rails that combine two different finishes; a high-gloss black base and bright anodized top section. Overall weight of the new Bentley SUV has been slashed another 236kg to emphasize on the recommended gross weight for modern times luxury vehicles.

The Bentley Bentayga boasts the world’s finest automotive cabin, with unrivalled levels of precision. Step inside the new Bentayga and you find the finest automotive interior in the world, with handcrafted wood and leather throughout. The dashboard takes the iconic Bentley ‘wing’ design as its inspiration, with the beautifully finished surfaces flowing gracefully from door to door over the top of the instrument binnacles, down under the center console and back up around the passenger side fascia and foot well. Interior highlights include hand-selected veneers, dashboard with polished and handcrafted with metal elements, Bentley’s trademark knurling on gearknob and featured elements, 22-way adjustable front seats with massage system, 18-way adjustable rear seats with massage functions and footrests, rear console box for small items, and a hands-free tailgate.

A new twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga. The mighty 12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivering a 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds) and a top speed of 301 km/h (187 mph).

Bentley has confirmed that the SUV’s customer deliveries will commence in other regions around the world in due time.

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