Bentley Bentayga V8 revealed with 542bhp 4.0 litre, petrol engine

Bentley has revealed the Bentayga V8 gasoline engine, equal to the Bentayga Diesel, sitting under the W12-engined model.

The V8 is almost directly between the two existing Bentayga variants. Its 4.0-liter V8 makes 542bhp and 568lb ft, offering a 0-62 mph of 4.5 sec. This unit is in common with the Porsche Panamera Turbo and also set in relation to the new Bentley Continental GT.

The Bentayga V8 s top speed is 180mph, which is 12mph higher than the diesel and 7mph down on the W12. In spite of the performance sitting between the two variants, the price of the V8 petrol Bentayga is £136,200 – only € 400 more than the diesel.

The different market demands for the V8 diesel and V8 petrol means that the volume of sales of the diesel is unlikely to be affected, despite the petrol is better performance and similar price.

The Bentayga V8 s 2395kg weight in running order for the Diesel engine 2506 and the W12 is 2440kg means that the efficiency is high, too, with stop-start technology, which contributes to the claimed average fuel economy of 24.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of 260 g/km for other cars of their respective 35.8 mpg and 210 g/km and 21.6 mpg and 296g/km.

Another fuel saving measure is the V8 cylinder shut-off technology, which effectively makes it a four-cylinder engine in certain circumstances.

Externally, the new model is largely unchanged with respect to the full-fat W12 Bentayga, even if red-painted front brake calipers are a subtle hint to the car’s new engine. There is a new 22in alloy wheel design, too, and the V8 is modified front grille and the tail-pipe designs.

Brakes are also upgraded, with the carbon-ceramic set-up to take the title of the world’s largest front brakes on any production model, with 440 mm (17.3 in) discs at the front. The rear wheels are 370mm (14.6 in) unit, and, together, Bentley claims, they combine to 4425lb ft of braking force. Option prices have not yet been completed, but this is likely to command a low-five-figure premium.

Inside, a new wood and leather steering wheel features, such as a gloss carbon fiber trim finish for the doors, centre console and dash fascia. In addition, a new leather color : chestnut color ‘Cricket ball’. These features will be launched in the Bentayga range after being launched on V8.

The Bentayga V8 will be delivered to customers by the end of March. It will not be the smaller-capacity variants for a long time, however, a hybrid Bentayga with the same 410bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol plug-in hybrid, the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is due at the end of this year.

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