Bentley’s New Bentayga S

The range’s fourth model promises the most dynamic driving experience yet.

By Bryan Hood 26/05/2021

Bentley has just introduced a new Bentayga, and this version just might be the sportiest yet.

The British marque unveiled the brand-new Bentayga S on Tuesday morning. The latest version of its beloved SUV has been given a subtle, muscular makeover and is now equipped with a raft of new features designed to ensure a more dynamic driving experience.

Bentley Bentayga S

Bentley Bentayga S

The Bentayga S joins an expanding range that already includes the Hybrid, V8 and Speed. At a glance, the latest model doesn’t look that different from its siblings, with the same base design cues that have been present since the vehicle’s 2020’s facelift. The details, though, tell a different story.

There are lower bumpers in the front and back, as well as a larger rear spoiler, which gives the vehicle a more sinewy profile. It also now features dark-tinted LED lights, a black body kit, black door mirrors and a new black split oval exhaust. Essentially, everything that used to be chrome is now done up in elegant black. These dark flourishes, along with special “S” badging and a set of unique 22-inch, five-spoke wheels, combine to give the SUV a more athletic look than ever before.

Bentley Bentayga S

Bentayga S badging

As sporty as it may look on the outside, the interior of the Bentayga S is just as luxurious as you’d expect from Bentley. The cabin, which is available in either a four-, five- or seven-seat configuration, is similar to that of found in the V8, but features a bold colour-split design. New seats feature Alcantara elements, fluting and contrast stitching. The cockpit is outfitted with the same digital information panel found in the Speed, which features real-time animations and can be customised to each driver’s preference. Finally, an embroidered “S” motif and badging can be found on the seats, dashboard and illuminated treadplates.

Bentley Bentayga S

Inside the Bentayga S

Under the hood, you’ll find the same robust 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 that can be found in the Bentayga V8. While not as powerful as the Speed’s W-12, it’s a more than capable mill that can produce 404kW and 770Nm of torque. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to each wheel, the engine can rocket the car from zero to 97km/h in a sprightly 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 290km/h, which is just 16km/h slower than the Speed. While engine performance between the S and V8 is basically the same, the latest model’s engine emits more of a hearty growl thanks to a new free-flowing sports exhaust system.

Bentley Bentayga S

The Bentayga S’s driver information panel

That new exhaust system isn’t the only upgrade you’ll notice, though. Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll control now comes standard. The world’s first electric active roll control technology reacts within 0.3 second to counteract lateral force when cornering, ensuring maximum tyre contact so you and your passengers won’t feel a thing. There’s also a new, specially tuned Sport driving mode that increases suspension dampening by 15 per cent, stiffening the chassis and improving steering feel. Finally, the automaker’s Torque Vectoring by Brake system, lightly brakes the inside rear wheel when you’re taking a corner, allowing for more responsive turning.

Bentley Bentayga S

Bentley Bentayga S

Bentley will start taking orders for the Bentayga S next month, with the SUV’s expected Australian arrival and pricing yet to be confirmed.

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