2022 Bentley Bentayga S Is A Speed Without The W12

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Could it be the Goldilocks Bentayga?

The Bentayga SUV helped lead the Bentley to its best sales year ever, so it only makes sense to continue adding new models to the lineup. Bentley already offers the standard Bentayga V8, W12-powered Bentayga Speed, and the plug-in Bentayga Hybrid, but it will now add a fourth model. Introducing the 2022 Bentley Bentayga S, a more sporting version of the Bentayga V8. This model will slot in at $219,800, above the base V8 ($177,000) but below the Bentayga Speed ($245,000).

Though it costs significantly more than the base model, the Bentayga S uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. The performance figures are similar: 0-60 mph takes 4.4 seconds and top speed is 180 mph. Most of the S-specific improvements are handling-related; think of the Bentayga S as a Speed without the W12 engine.

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On the exterior, the S looks sportier than a standard Bentayga with dark tint headlights, unique "S" badging, 22-inch wheels, and a V8 split sports exhaust. Black accents, including a body kit and door mirror, complete the menacing look. Under the skin, the S comes standard with Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll control with a sport mode. Bentley gifted the S with special suspension tuning, making it 15% stiffer than the standard Bentayga.

Other incremental changes include a retuned torque vectoring by brake system and a more free-flowing exhaust to deliver a throatier sound. Optionally, buyers can still opt for the All-Terrain Specification with four dedicated off-road modes.

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The cabin is highly configurable to the owner's taste, but a new "S" color split option is available to generate a performance feel inside. This interior option adds Alcantara across the seat cushions, backrests, gear lever, steering wheel, upper trim, and headliner. A new fluted seat design is available, and it can optioned with seating for four, five, or seven passengers. The interior looks exquisite as always, now with a sportier flair.

Bentley says the 2022 Bentayga S will arrive at US dealerships in October 2021.

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