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The 600bhp Bentley Bentayga Is The Fastest And Most Powerful SUV Ever

The world is full of stupidly fast, stupidly expensive SUVs, but Bentley might have just trumped the lot of them with its new offering

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Yes, it has a silly name, and yes, not all of us are a fan of massively expensive, very unsubtle SUVs, but we might just have to give Bentley a pat on the back for the new Bentayga. It looks a lot better than we’d been anticipating, but - more importantly, it’s flipping quick.

When giving the car its full reveal today, Bentley also released all that facts and figures: the 6.0-litre W12 under the bonnet cranks out a monstrous 600bhp at 6000rpm, and 663lb ft of torque from 1250rpm to 4500rpm. The result? It’ll crack 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds (the Range Rover Sport SVR takes a more leisurely 4.7 seconds to do the same), and top out at 187mph, as the company proved with the high-speed test video it released last week.

On the inside it is - of course - enormously posh, with four electrically adjustable seats clad in plush leather. The front chairs are 22-way adjustable, while the rears are 18-way adjustable. That’s a lot of adjustment.

Bentley - The 600bhp Bentley Bentayga Is The Fastest And Most Powerful SUV Ever - News

There are also lashings of handcrafted wood, plus "highly polished, handcrafted metal elements" throughout the cabin. If you’re thinking all this might make the Bentayga a little heavy, you’d be absolutely right: it weighs 2422kg.

The weight plus the massive power output give a combined economy figure of 22.1mpg, although there is at least a sizeable 85-litre fuel tank to offset that, so it should take you at least a few weeks to get on first name terms with your local Shell garage employee.

Bentley - The 600bhp Bentley Bentayga Is The Fastest And Most Powerful SUV Ever - News

Interested? The starting price is £160,200, however given the fact Bentley buyers tend to like pricey personal touches, it’s likely most will sell for a hell of a lot more than that.

The car will make its proper public debut at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.