We all know the the Bentley Bentayga for obvious reasons. It’s ridiculously big, fast and expensive and there’s no two ways about it. This luxurious SUV made its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier in September, and shares the same underpinning (PL71) as that of the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.
Now, Bentley is debuting the Bentayga First Edition to a group of handpicked customers at an exclusive event that will take place at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. Only 608 units of the First Edition variant will ever be made for the global market.
Features unique to the Bentley Bentayga First Edition include Union Jack badging, illuminated tread plates and a set of five-spoke 22-inch two-tone black painted and polished wheels. To highlight the exclusivity of this variant, just ten exterior colours will be offered.
Inside, the leather seats will feature an intricately embroidered pattern with contrast stitching, to which Bentley calls ‘Diamond on Diamond quilt’. The cabin also gets bespoke ambient lighting, Union Jack fascia badging and other fine trimmings finished in wood, metal and leather. Bentley claims that the First Edition’s cabin will set new standards in automotive design, however the pictures alone won’t do it justice.
The number 608 also represents the Bentayga’s metric power output of 608 PS or 600 hp. This is achieved with an all-new turbocharged W12 engine that makes a mind numbing 900 Nm of torque, effectively earning itself the World’s Most Powerful and Fastest SUV title. It has a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 301 km/h – enough to outrun some supercars despite weighing 3,250kg! It’s also 11.9 percent more fuel efficient than the W12 engine of old, this time equipped with the ability to deactivate up to six cylinders depending on engine load. Only one transmission is offered – an eight-speed automatic.
Bentley Motor’s Board Member for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Kevin Rose said “With the First Edition, we have created the ultimate expression of the Bentley Bentayga’s spirit. It is equipped with an array of striking features that celebrate both the pioneering nature of the Bentayga and its unique abilities.”
Additionally, each of the 608 customers will receive a unique Breitling watch to complement their brand new luxury SUV. This Breitling Bentley Bentayga Edition wristwatch features three bespoke-made high-performance special edition chronographs; the Emergency with an integrated dual frequency personal locator beacon, Cockpit B50 with an electronic multifunction calibre and the automatic Chronomat 38 that’s designed to complement the lady’s wrist.
And if that’s not luxurious enough for your taste, these three models share several signature features; an officially chronometer-certified Breitling movement, an original and powerful design with an all-black case; a black mother-of-pearl dial; bronzetoned hands matching the livery of the first Bentayga presented to the public; and a rubber strap matching certain key interior elements.