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Luxury SUVs have evolved into being more than just a spacious urban chariot. 2016 dawned the first breed of hyper-powered luxury SUVs, starting with the Bentley Bentayga. The 187-mph British build was the world’s fastest SUV until it was dethroned a year later by the Lamborghini Urus. Bentley clearly hasn’t given up on this endeavour, and their 2020 Bentayga Speed is proof of that. With a 190-mph or 306-kmph top speed, Bentley have now reclaimed their title for building the world’s fastest production SUV. 

Bentley Bentayga Speed

The margin though, was as narrow as it could get, just 0.6-mph. Interestingly, Lamborghini and Bentley both come under the Volkswagen group, and the Bentayga and Urus share a mutual platform. The Bentayga boasts off-road capabilities and is powered by a W12 engine that churns out 626 horsepower. For the sake of comparison, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the Urus puts out 641 hp. For a luxury SUV, 900 nm of raw torque is a big deal, especially when it pulls 0-100kph in 3.6 seconds. 

Bentley Bentayga Speed
Similar headlight detailing as the Bentayga

Upon close inspection, you’ll notice that the Bentayga’s secondary headlight is just a circular rimmed LED line while the primary seems to embrace classic Bentley headlight design. The Bentayga Speed also gets revised suspension and exhaust tuning, plus new 22-inch wheels and a larger rear spoiler.

Bentley Bentayga Speed
‘Speed’ badgework on the dashboard

You’ll find ‘Speed’ metallic badgework badgework on the driver’s door. Inside, Bentley uses pure Alacantra trim, a reminder that it’s still a luxury truck in disguise. Other components include diamond-quilted seats, contrast stitching and an illuminated Speed treadplate.

Bentley Bentayga Speed

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March, while you can expect a showroom appointment later this year for pre-orders. While the Bentayga is priced at Rs 3.6 cr in India, we’d expect the 2020 to hit the 4 cr ballpark with a limited build count. 

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.