Much of what is being said about the 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 is in comparison to its W12 sibling. We think this new Bentayga stands up just fine on its own, thank you very much. In fact, with this Bentley, the case can be made that less is more.
The smaller engine makes it lighter and more agile. It has an appealing hum to its V8 engine. It also has a more attractive entry fee. When it comes to choices, luxury, and excess, it is still, after all, a Bentley. This is a luxury SUV that has earns the right to wear the Flying B.
About that V8 Engine
The centerpiece of the 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 is, of course, its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine. This intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8 power plant with an aluminum block and heads along with direct fuel injection generate a still impressive 542 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 568-lb-ft of torque at 1960 revs. This Bentayga is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode. Even with its significant 5,400 lb curb weight, the 2019 Bentayga V8 can accelerate from zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. It can do a standing ¼ mile in 12.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph. Despite its power, this Bentley can still get 21 mpg on the highway. What more could one want in a V8 luxury SUV?
A Sportier Drive
Bentley has returned the suspension to the Bentayga’s all-wheel-drive system and offers up to eight different driving modes. Choose from four off- road and four on-road modes that better allow the V8 engine, drivetrain, and chassis to work in harmony for maximum performance in a wide variety of driving conditions. This is an SUV with a surprisingly agile, sporty feel to it, enhanced by a throaty soundtrack from its V8 engine. It should be driven for full appreciation.
Bentley Style, Luxury and Personalization
Outside, the 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 features the brand’s traditional bold lines and husky appearance that seems to fit particularly well over this SUV’s frame. There’s a new, aggressive appearing black-out grille, noticeable red brake calipers, and twin-quad exhaust pipes. There are also the almost endless choices that Bentley has been known to offer its discriminating owners including custom exterior paint and interior leather colors. Inside Bentley maintains the classic analog treatment for its dials and gauges. Choose from a variety of seating configurations and a rear entertainment system.
The choices continue with an array of intriguing technical options including adaptive cruise control, night vision, automatic parking and a heads-up display with road sign recognition. There is even an advanced trailer assist feature that will steer the Bentayga automatically for you when backing up whatever is being towed.
A Bentley With Wider Appeal