Even though the Bentley Bentayga has just made its public debut at IAA in Frankfurt, the Crewe-based marque has announced the first year of production has already been sold out, meaning that all 3,600 units have been pre-ordered by wealthy customers in a hurry to get their hands on the high-riding model. In an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, the company’s CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said the very first unit has been reserved for Queen Elizabeth.
It seems the Queen has already conducted a test drive with a pre-production prototype a few weeks ago and apparently she will use the Bentayga for her hunting trips in Scotland where she has a property. We remind you this is a very interesting model from Bentley as it represents their first SUV ever and they say it’s the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious model in the segment.
The model is based on the second generation Audi Q7, but comes with a new twin-turbo W12 6.0-liter engine that unleashes no less than 608 bhp and 900 Nm sent to the four-wheel drive system via an 8-speed automatic transmission. With a 0-96 kmph run in 4 seconds and a 301 kmph top speed, this must be an amazing machine given its hefty weight and sheer size.
Those who are curious about the vehicle’s fuel efficiency should know that it manages 7.8 kmph and dare we say this is more than decent if we factor in the huge engine and the car’s massive proportions.
Needless to say, all these come at a cost as the Bentley Bentayga is the most expensive SUV ever made, with prices kicking off at £160,200 and going all the way up to £229,000 for the First Edition of which only 500 units are planned for production. There’s also an optional Breitling Tourbillon clock built into the dashboard that costs a whopping £110,000 and according to Duerheimer high-end customers can jack up the price even more by adding other fancy features.