0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, from start to finish in 16 days.
The Bentley Bentayga has only been in production since December of 2015, but in the few short years it's been around, it's made waves in the automotive industry; so much so that we named it one of our most important cars of the last decade. Not only was it one of the first true ultra-luxury SUVs to come to market, but it seemingly became the final snowflake that set the avalanche in motion, with every luxury manufacturer from Rolls-Royce to Aston Martin following suit with a super-luxury SUV of their own such as the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Aston Martin DBX.
Bentley has now chronicled the creation process of their finest Bentayga - the W12-powered Speed model - in an incredible aerial video of its Crewe production facility.
The Bentayga is arguably the most luxurious of all super-SUVs currently on sale and the key reason for Bentley's incredible sales in 2019. Any way you look at it, the Bentayga is an incredible machine. The stats are enough to boggle the mind, with the Bentayga Speed managing the 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.8 seconds, despite a monstrous curb weight of 5,545 lbs. It's a triumph of man's ingenuity and the ability to conquer the laws of physics, with a 626 horsepower 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 at the heart of the beast.
That engine alone is made up of 294 separate components that take 13.4 hours to assemble with 13 people involved. When complete, the 626 hp and 664 lb-ft on tap are capable of rocketing the super-SUV to a top speed of 190 mph - the fastest of any full series production SUV in the world.
Of course, there's more to the Bentayga Speed than just the engine, and each and every detail of its construction is meticulous. In total, building a single Bentayga Speed takes a whopping 127 hours, spread over a 16-day process. Included in that 127 hours is a 10-hour stint purely for the genuine wood veneer trims. Each and every sheet of wood veneer used in a Bentayga Speed is sourced from the same tree because the age affects the grain and the color of the wood, and Bentley wants every detail of the Bentayga to be consistent.
From there, up to 14 bull hides are hand-selected (and sustainably sourced) and turned into the exquisitely detailed interior - a process taking no fewer than eight hours.
Those aren't the most time-consuming processes, however, as the Bentayga's paintwork takes a full 24 hours to complete, the engine an aforementioned 13.4 hours, and the assembly of all the bits and pieces another 19 hours. Other small details, quality control, testing, and sign-off of each individual build contributes another 52.5 hours to the exhaustive process that results in one of the world's finest machines. That final process involves anywhere between 50 and 650 independent checks - specification dependant - to complete.
With a process that meticulous, it should come as no surprise that the video in which Bentley chronicles this whole process was just as wonderfully shot. The British firm used a racing drone with a wide-angle camera, flown through the factory with a live feed to a pair of first-person-view goggles worn by the pilot.