The very first unit of Bentley’s brand new Bentayga SUV has just rolled off the assembly line at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, UK.
The vehicle took 130 hours to handcraft and passed through the new bodystore, paint shop and assembly line to emerge wearing the Anthracite body colour almost regally.
Previous reports indicate that this, the first Bentayga SUV will head to Balmoral, Scotland, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will use it for “hunting expeditions”, although Bentley have not confirmed this.
The Bentayga “will be the benchmark against which all other SUVs are measured, defining a new segment – the luxury SUV”, said Wolfgang Durheimer, the company’s boss, who was present at the event.
Whether it was fitted with the exclusive £150,000 optional (roughly R3 240 685, which is almost the base price of the SUV itself) Mulliner Tourbillon mechanical clock by Breitling, is not known, but what we can tell you is that all Bentaygas get a 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine under their hoods, providing 447kW of power and 900 Nm of torque.
In the UK, the most affordable version of the Bentley Bentayga starts at £160,200 (roughly R3 464 920).