Bentley Bentayga sets SUV record at Pikes Peak


Volkswagen Group had a good year at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

"What an incredible machine", said Millen. The only modifications to the vehicle were for safety and regulations - a bit of weight removal, plus an added roll cage, sports exhaust, racing seat and fire suppression system.

To celebrate the occasion, Bentley will release a limited-edition version of its first production SUV.

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Only minimal changes were made to a standard production Bentayga in order to comply with the rules. Most notable is the "Radium" paint finish - a more subdued black is also available - and 22-inch alloy wheels which feature highlights in the same lurid shade. Limited to just 10 models, the SUV will feature a number of interior and exterior design elements in the same shade of Radium green that covers the Pikes Peak vehicle. The carbon bodykit is standard, as is a Mulliner interior package with lime-colored accents and Alcantara on the seats, the door cards and the steering wheel. All exterior chrome has been swapped for gloss black as part of the exterior black pack, and there's a "subtle" Pikes Peak graphic on the front fenders. Created and handcrafted by Mulliner - Bentley's in-house bespoke and coachbuilding division - the Pikes Peak Bentayga is an homage to the achievements of the Bentayga W12 on the mountain. The dash features carbon fibre inserts, which are completed with a Pikes Peak logo.

The result? Six hundred horsepower and 663 foot-pounds of torque (at sea level), sent to ZF's eight speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive. It also comes with the Touring Package, which adds adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, lane-keeping assist and night vision to the base vehicle. Speaking of production cars, Bentley is celebrating its Pikes Peak triumph with a run of 10 special-edition Bentayga Pikes Peak Editions, outfitted to look like the hillclimb-ready athlete from the weekend.