The SUV revolution has engulfed just about every segment ranging from compact all the way up to high performance models. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are here and now being embraced by manufactures who said they’d never build one — we’re looking at you Ferrari. Bentley aim to prove the sporting credentials of its Bentayga SUV by setting a record at the Pikes Peak hill climb.
A totally standard W12 Bentley Bentayga will take on the mountain in a bid to set a record for fastest production SUV to complete the climb. The only modifications will be in regards to safety with the addition of a roll cage and regulation fire equipment.
The previous record was set in 2013 by a Range Rover Sport that clocked an impressive 12 minutes 35 second run over the 12.42 mile course. Bentley are hoping that four more cylinders and a mystery driver will be enough to take the title.
The Bentley Bentayga W12 features a 6.0-liter engine that produces 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque. Despite weighing nearly 2.5 tons, this luxury SUV sprints from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 4.1 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 187 mph (301 kph). The luxobarge's advanced air suspension and all-wheel drive should put in in good stead to break the long-standing record.
Pikes Peak’s 156 corners are plenty challenging, but the toughest element of this climb for any car is altitude. As cars approach the top at over 14,000 feet there’s 42 percent less oxygen in the air, meaning that less power is produced by a combustion engine.
Bentley will reveal its star driver and the competing car closer to the event that takes place on June 24. Will Bentley spark a performance SUV battle that might see the Lamborghini Urus have a crack of the whip? We hope so.
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PIKES PEAK CHALLENGE FOR BENTAYGA
Bentley Bentayga enters world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
The “race to the clouds” takes place in Colorado on 24th June 2018
Driver and details to be announced in due course
(Crewe, 18 January 2018) Bentley Motors will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the first time on 24th June 2018 with the award-winning Bentayga.
The 600 bhp, W12-powered Bentayga will tackle the famous 12.42-mile Colorado Springs hill climb with record-breaking ambitions, aiming to navigate the 156 corners of ascending asphalt quicker than any SUV before.
A car is being prepared for the competition by Bentley’s motorsport department at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, England. Leading the project is Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, who comments:
“Since its launch, the Bentayga has set the luxury SUV benchmark with its unique combination of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance and grand touring ability. We hope to set another benchmark at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by conquering the most demanding mountain road course in the world.”
Deploying 900 Nm of torque through intelligent all-wheel-drive and state-of-the-art air suspension together with Bentley’s pioneering 48-volt active anti-roll system, the Bentayga delivers extraordinary dynamic ability without compromising refinement.
Details about the project, including the driver, will be announced in due course. More information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb can be found at http://ppihc.org/fans/.