Bentley Bentayga Speed tops 190mph to become world's fastest SUV

Published: 15 February 2019

► Bentayga Speed SUV
► 626bhp, 3.9sec sprint time
► Only 0.6mph quicker than a Urus

Bentley claims to have taken the world’s fastest production SUV record with this: the new Bentayga Speed. We’ll see it in the metal at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

Little differentiates the Speed by design, save for a bigger rear spoiler, bespoke 22-inch alloys and some badges.

It’s still powered by a 6.0-litre W12 that now pushes out 626bhp (up from 600bhp) and 664lb ft, with the 0-62mph time dropping to 3.9 seconds (from 4.1sec). Crucially, given its name and its new record title, the Bentayga Speed can top 190mph.

In fact, technically, it does 306km/h – 1km/h more than a Lamborghini Urus, pipping the Italian SUV’s v-max record claim. That's 190.14mph and 189.5mph respectively, making the Bentayga Speed faster by just 0.6mph. The pointless contest grudge match between the top brands within VW Group is heating up - just wait until Bugatti does that SUV it says it definitely isn’t going to do…

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Bentayga Speed front tracking

Tweaks have been made to the Sport mode to make the new Bentley Bentayga Speed a little more aggressive to drive, the sports exhaust farts a little louder on start-up and the suspension system is a little stiffer by default.

As an option, you can spec carbon ceramic brakes, which the brand claims are the largest ever fitted to a Bentley. They also happen to be around 20kg lighter than regular ones, reducing unsprung mass for better handling.

Inside, the Bentayga Speed has part-Alcantara upholstery – a first for the Bentley SUV – and carbonfibre inlays on the dashboard.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches