The very first Bentley ever to use a diesel engine will go on sale in U.K. next year from an eye-watering £135,800.

The torquetastic Audi SQ7 is by no any means cheap at £70,970, but compared to its plushier sibling from Crewe, it almost seems like quite the bargain. Kicking off at a whopping £135,800, the Bentley Bentayga Diesel is motivated by the same 4.0-liter V8 TDI featuring an electric powered compressor to produce 429 horsepower (320 kilowatts) from 3,750 rpm and an earth-moving 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque available from a very low 1,000 rpm.

Unsurprisingly, the diesel-powered Bentayga runs to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.8 seconds just like its less posh cousin from Ingolstadt. While the SQ7 is electronically-capped at 155 mph (250 kph), the Bentayga Diesel will be able to max out at 168 mph (270 kph) to become what the company describes as being the “the fastest diesel SUV in the world.” That’s pretty amazing for a luxo-barge tipping the scales at a rather hefty 2,390 kilograms (5,269 pounds).

2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel
2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel
2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel
2017 Bentley Bentayga Diesel


Interestingly, the high-tech V8 engine is 3 kg (6.6 lbs) heavier than the mighty biturbo 6.0-liter W12 engine. For the sake of comparison, we remind you the gasoline unit pushes out 600 hp (447 kW) from 5,000 rpm and the same 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) torque as the eight-cylinder diesel, but the driver has access to the full torque a little bit later, at 1,350 rpm. It goes without saying the gasoline-powered Bentayga is still considerably quicker, reaching 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.1 seconds and maxing out at 187 mph (301 kph).

But while the thirsty W12 needs 13.1 liters / 100 km or 21.6 miles per gallon in the combined cycle, Bentley is saying the turbodiesel V8 will sip only 7.9 liters / 100 km or 35.8 mpg. Again, quite impressive given the SUV’s weight, and economical enough to grant a maximum range of around 1,000 km (621 miles) with the 85-liter tank full.

Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin early next year in Europe, with Australia, Russia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Taiwan to follow later in 2017. At the moment of writing there’s no word about a potential launch in U.S.

Source: Bentley

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