Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Bentley Bentayga Is The Fastest Production SUV At Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Bentley Bentayga Is The Fastest Production SUV At Pikes Peak Hill Climb

The special edition model is finished in Deep Beluga Black or Radium colour along with 22 inch alloy wheels and all chrome finishes are replaced by black colour for sporty look.

The Bentayga was only slightly modified from what you can buy at the showroom, with racing front seats, a rollcage and fire suppression systems added along with a production Akrapovic exhaust system.

At the hands of former Pikes Peak victor Rhys Millen, the W12 Bentayga covered the 12.42-mile hill route in 10 minutes, 49.9 seconds, breaking the existing SUV record of 12m 35.61, set by a Range Rover Sport in 2013. Limited to just 10 models, the SUV will feature a number of interior and exterior design elements in the same shade of Radium green that covers the Pikes Peak vehicle.

The Bentley Bentayga has set a new record, becoming the fastest production SUV to ever complete the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Following Rhys Millen's 10min 49.9sec run in an nearly completely standard Bentayga (it featured minimal modifications for safety), Bentley will offer W12 versions of its luxury SUV with bespoke features inspired by that vehicle.

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The Pikes Peak edition Bentayga will be available to be ordered both in the United States and Europe from August onwards.

The Pikes Peak Bentayga features of number of eye-catching elements. The exterior changes are rounded off by subtle Pikes Peak badging on the front wings.

Behind the wheel, there are Key Lime accents in the door, seats and dash, contrasting with Beluga leather. Carbon fibre dash inserts will also have Pikes Peak emblems on them.

Bentley's member of the board for sales & marketing, Chris Craft, said: "This record proves the outstanding dynamic ability of the Bentayga - demonstrating again how Bentley Motors is the only automotive company in the world that can combine pinnacle luxury and breathtaking performance".

Mechanical specifications mirror those of the record-breaker, which means the vehicle has an active 48V anti-roll system, air suspension and the Bentayga Sports Exhaust as standard. Order books will open in August for USA and European customers.

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