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Video - Bentley Bentayga spied testing on the Nurburgring

Snapshot: Bentley’s test drivers are putting the Bentayga through its paces on the Nurburgring track in Germany.

Making the final tweaks on their first ever SUV, luxury marque Bentley is promising their Bentayga will redefine the segment with the most powerful model ever which will be able to reach a top speed in excess of 300 kmph. We already know it will have a lot in common with the second-gen Audi Q7 while the curb weight will probably surpass the 2,000 kg even for the entry-level version, so don’t expect Bentley’s high-riding model to be a lightweight contender in the SUV segment.

Some details about the engine that will power the model are already available as we know the newly developed twin-turbo TSI W12 will be available with 608 bhp and a massive 900 Nm of torque while sometime in 2017 it will be joined by a plug-in hybrid powertrain which aims to offer an electric range of approximately 48 km. In addition, the Bentayga will represent Bentley’s first ever model to receive a turbodiesel engine which will take the shape of a large V8 with plenty of torque.

As far as the design is concerned, there is not much to talk about after looking at this spy video as the prototype was still wearing a significant amount of black disguise to hide the real styling. Chances are Bentley’s designers have made some serious modifications to the EXP 9 F concept which served as a sneak preview for the Bentayga, but it was seriously criticized for looking awkward and not worthy of the badge.

Bentley has already provided a first glimpse of the high-end interior cabin through a teaser video showcasing some of the equipment we should expect from the Bentayga, such as a head-up display, fully digital instrument cluster, touch-sensitive start/stop button and a 300 kmph digital speedometer along with aluminum accents, wood trim, posh leather upholstery and glossy black accents.

It’s not known at this point when Bentley will unveil the Bentayga, but they could do it as early as September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If not, they will probably wait until January next year for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit or for the Geneva Motor Show set for March.

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