Bentley Bentayga gets a V8 petrol motor

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Premium British manufacturer Bentley has chose to beef up the performance of the Bentayga SUV by adding a V8 engine option.

In comparison with the W12, output drops slightly, but most customers won't notice; the W12 churns out 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque and will still be a little quicker from 0-60 miles per hour, getting there in 4.0 seconds flat.

The generous output allows the Bentayga V8 to cover the 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 4.5 seconds, making it just 0.4 seconds slower than the Bentayga W12.

With the increased performance, Bentley will fit the V8 versions with exclusive exterior features, such as a chrome and black grille and "twin-quad" exhaust tailpipes.

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Another reason is that the V8 model can be had with optional carbon-ceramic brakes - a first for the Bentayga. According to the automaker, these are the largest brake discs to ever be installed in a Bentley and the largest front brake system available on any production vehicle, measuring 440 mm with ten-piston calipers at the front and 370 mm at the back.

Several new trim options, as well as distinctive tail pipes, will set this Bentayga apart from the W12 model. Bentley also offers a Bentayga Diesel (also V-8-powered) outside the United States and this model has 429 hp and 664 lb-ft, which sees it hit 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds and top out at 168 miles per hour. However, we expect it to mark the entry-level for the Bentayga ownership. New options for the interior will include a new three-spoke wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel, as well as chestnut-colored Cricket Ball leather.

Coming with adaptive cruise control, predictive cruise control - which uses the sat-nav, Global Positioning System and traffic data to suggest the correct speed - and traffic assist, the Bentayga V8 is built to take on long distances. The starting price should fall somewhere below the $230k sticker of the W-12 model. There's a third choice: a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 gasoline engine that makes 550 hp (542 bhp) at 6,000 rpm and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm. If this carries through to other markets, it shaves off nearly $45,000 from the starting price of the W12 version (before options, which willprobably add back$45,000).