Bentley Boss Slaps Down Plans For High Horsepower Bentayga Variants


As if 600 horsepower wasn't a corruptible amount of power already.

In December of last year, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer expressed his desire to see the Bentayga range grow. It was, after all, the first ultra-luxury SUV in the world barring those built by a handful of small tuners and Durheimer wanted to cash in on the lead with a few Bentayga derivatives. Now he’s speaking to Autocar once again outlining what some of those variations could be and from the looks of things, Bentley will do a fair job at staving off the competition.

Upcoming competitor launches include the Lamborghini Urus, Audi A8, BMW X7, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and possibly a Mercedes GLS that’s been given the Maybach conversion. This vast array of Bentayga fighters means that Bentley will have quite a lot of bases to cover including the performance luxury SUV niche that Lamborghini will occupy. “Derivatives are important to us because you have to be the newest kid in town for customers,” said Durheimer. “The customers that are buying in this market are keen to have the latest design out there.” This makes special editions and constant bold revision a must, but there's no clue as to what that will mean for the Bentayga.

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While he gave no hint of what these upcoming versions could be, the CEO did mention that previous propositions, like a go-fast GT3 R variant or a two-door coupe Bentayga, have been placed into the “wait and see” pile. While they could come with a 2019 refresh, no decision has been made as of yet. A few Bentayga variants that we wouldn’t be surprised to see are a long-wheelbase model as well as a hybrid, but the timetable for such models is anyone’s guess. On the other hand, Autocar notes that the unveiling of the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept proves that Bentley could be thinking about a two-seat roadster to further occupy its production facilities, but Durheimer favors building another smaller SUV in its place.

This would slot under the Bentayga and likely meet the Land Rover Range Rover Velar, or similarly sized SUVs that its competitors could have in the pipeline, on the playing field to provide a checkmate of sorts over the segment. Don’t hold your breath for anything to happen before 2019.

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