Your Guide To The Bentley Bentayga
The 2020 Bentley Bentayga is a genuinely desirable ultra-luxury SUV. Even the base model comes packed full of goodies. Think panoramic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system and automatic emergency braking. From this humble base, you can select the options that you want to craft the SUV of your dreams.
With the engine, you have a lot of choices. The ‘low power’ option is a turbocharged 3.0 litre V-6 with a hybrid electric motor. This gives you a robust 443 horsepower. At the top end of the range is the speed with its 12 cylinder engine. It puts out an impressive 636 horsepower, which it puts to good effect to claim the title of fastest SUV.
Regardless of which engine you choose, you will be served by the same transmission. That’s the ZF 8 Speed automatic transmission. This is possibly the best automatic transmission on the market today. This high-quality German-made transmission provides a seamless gear shift transmission. The gear shifts are both fast enough for a sportscar and sufficiently fluid for a luxury sedan.
Inside The Transmission
The basic design of this transmission is awe-inspiring. Within each transmission, you will find four planetary gear sets, three clutches and two brakes. All of these components work together in synchronicity to create fast and smooth gear changes. These smooth gear changes are not limited to one or even two gear shifts. The same seamless and clean shifts are provided for and size leap you care to make. Need to go from second to eighth? It’s not a problem for this mechanical masterpiece.
It might have been easy to think that since the BentlyBentaygadoesn’t have a dual-clutch transmission that it is lacking. However, the ZF 8 provides performance on par with the speed of most dual-clutch transmissions while giving far more flexibility. In fact, unless you’re driving a supercar, there is no reason to go for the dual-clutch over the ZF 8.
The Most Expensive SUV
The Bentley Bentayga is an impressive and luxurious SUV. The styling and design, inside and out, fully explain why it’s not only the fastest SUV on the roads but also the most expensive.