Bentley Bentayga gets gasoline V8 for 2019by Ronan Glon
The 542-horsepower V8 sends the Bentayga from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Bentley will expand the Bentayga line-up in America with a V8-powered model. Positioned directly below the W12-powered version, it will reach showrooms in time for the 2019 model year.
The V8 in question is a 4.0-liter, 32-valve unit borrowed from sister company Porsche and tuned in-house. In this application, it generates 542 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 568 pound-feet of torque between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm. All that power gets channeled to the four alloys via an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system.
The eight-cylinder sends the 5,280-pound Bentayga from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 mph. In comparison, the 600-horsepower takes four seconds flat to perform the benchmark zero-to-60-mph sprint and it maxes out at 187 mph. Fuel economy checks in at 24.8 mpg in a mixed European cycle.
The V8 model retains the standard car's 48-volt electrical system, which eliminates body roll. It's also the only version available with optional carbon-ceramic brakes.
The visual differences between the two SUVs are minor and largely limited to new 22-inch wheel designs and model-specific exhaust outlets. Inside, the V8-powered model becomes the first Bentley available with high-gloss carbon fiber inlays on the dashboard and the door panels. The British firm has offered carbon fiber before but it has always been matte.