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Surprise! Bentley Bentayga Speed Is New Fastest SUV In The World

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That's right, Bentley has stolen the crown from the Lamborghini Urus.

Bentley is certainly starting its centenarian celebrations this year with a bang. Meet the new Bentayga Speed: the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world. That's right, Bentley has stolen the crown from the Lamborghini Urus, albeit by a small margin.

Under the hood, Bentley's sublime 6.0-liter W12 engine has been tweaked to deliver 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. As a result, 0-62 mph now takes 3.9 seconds before the Bentayga Speed reaches a top speed of 190 mph - that's 0.5 mph fater than the Lamborghini Urus, which previously held the title of the world's fastest SUV. The Urus is still faster than the Bentayga Speed off the line, however, as it will do the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds.

Like the standard Bentayga, the Speed comes with four driving modes. However, the Sport mode has been recalibrated to enhance response from the W12 engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride. Bentley says this creates a "more dynamic and engaging drive." Further enhancing the driving experience is a louder exhaust note during startup and downshifts, as well as firmer suspension.

To match its improved performance, the Bentayga Speed features sportier styling than the standard model. Design changes include dark-tint headlights, radiator, and bumper grilles body-colored side skirts, Speed badging, and a striking tailgate spoiler, which hint at the SUV's potent performance. Further distinguishing the Bentayga Speed are 22-inch wheels available in silver, dark tint or black.

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Inside, the Bentayga Speed gets new contrast stitching, Speed badging, an illuminated 'Speed' treadplate and Alcantara upholstery, which is offered for the first time in a Bentayga. New personalized options are also available, including carbon ceramic brakes, 22-way adjustable front seats with massage function, carbon fiber fascia panels, Bentley rear-seat entertainment, and mood lighting. The ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, with a maximum braking torque of 4,425 lb-ft and engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1832 °F. They also save more than 44 pounds over iron brakes.

The Bentley Bentayga Speed will make its world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month before going on sale later this year. Pricing hasn't been announced, but expect to pay a premium over the already-extortionate standard model, which starts at $195,000.