Bentley Has Built Its First Bentayga: The Ultra-Luxury SUV Wars Have Officially Begun

Brace yourselves...champagne chillers are coming.

Bentley is understandably excited. Its first Bentayga has rolled off the production line in Crewe, England. The SUV was part of a massive investment program undertaken by the automaker. How much are we talking? Try £840 million or $1.26 billion. All that money created 1,500 jobs in the UK and produced an all-new assembly line. It also created an SUV with a W12 engine rated at 600 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque.

Its top speed is 187 mph and it does 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. It can also off-road, or so we’ve been told, and is as luxurious on the inside as any other Bentley around. So, yeah, the automaker had a reason to be excited when the first version, an all-black model, came off the line. As with all other Bentleys the Bentayga SUV was built by hand, with the process taking 130 hours. Of course the company was proud of the accomplishment, but so was UK Prime Minister David Cameron. "I am delighted that the first Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the production line in Crewe. It marks the culmination of a period of exceptional hard work by Bentley and its dedicated workforce as they brought this remarkable new vehicle to market," he said.

Now the only question is this: Was this model made for the Queen of England or will she have to wait until January 2016 when deliveries to customers begin?

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