The Manhart Bentayga BT800 is one powerful and shouty SUV.
Things are going great for Bentley at the moment. The Crewe-based automaker recently smashed all-time high operating profits, and this is largely down to the success of the Bentayga. With plenty of scope for personalization, Bentley is able to offer its clients endless customization possibilities, especially if they elect to go down the Mulliner route.
But if you're not quite satisfied with what's available, any number of tuning houses will happily transform your British brute into a bastion of excess and ostentation. Manhart Performance is the latest company to join the fray, and will soon introduce the Manhart Bentayga BT800.
With expected outputs of 810 horsepower and 782 lb-ft of torque, we're guessing Manhart has chosen the twin-turbocharged Bentayga Speed as a platform. As standard, this sportier derivative receives a 6.0-liter W12 engine with 626 hp and 664 lb-ft.
The substantial power upgrade comes courtesy of Manhart's specially developed Turbo Performance kit, along with a new stainless steel exhaust system (with valve control) and a choice of two downpipe options. While that's all very appealing, the same can't be said for the rest of the vehicle. We must admit, the proposed styling for the BT800 isn't quite as outlandish as previous Manhart creations, but the signature black and gold finish doesn't gel well with the elegant lines of the Bentayga.
Hopefully, buyers can elect to remove the tacky windscreen sticker and gold trimmings, as the body kit looks rather appealing. Teamed with the satin black-painted, 22-inch Manhart Concave One forged wheels, the overall effect is rather menacing.
Inside, it's a similar story. Lashings of gold trim uplift the black leather interior and carbon fiber elements. It's certainly distinctive, but the standard Bentayga interior is already near perfect - and far more tasteful, too.
Even the seats haven't been able to escape the auriferous treatment; prominent stripes flow down the backrests and match the seatbelts too. If you're interested, Manhart is already taking orders for the BT800 Bentayga, and, while it's not the last word in restrained elegance, it's a lot better looking than Mansory's modified Bentley SUV.
We're not too sure how much Manhart's creation will cost, but we can expect it to command a chunk of change. After all, a Bentayga Speed will set buyers back around $260,000 before options. If you like the flashy look and want to stand out from the crowd, we can see the appeal of the BT800. However, the Bentayga is already available with so many incredible options and accouterments that we don't really see the point of this.
If you're looking for the ultimate Bentayga, perhaps your money is better spent on the new EWB Azure First Edition. With even more occupant space in the rear quarters, this lengthier Bentayga is all about luxury and comfort, and boasts a truly extraordinary interior.