Car News 21 Sep 2016

The first ever diesel Bentley

Bentley has announced its first ever diesel car in the company’s 97 year history.  The new Bentley Bentayga will be the first in the range to be diesel powered.

The 2017 diesel Bentayga will pack a punch, the new engine has been especially developed in conjunction with Audi. The SUV will be powered by a triple-charged 4.0-litre V8 engine, which has an electrically driven supercharger and 2 twin-scroll turbochargers.

The new engine will develop an impressive 429bhp and 664lb ft and the luxury SUV will sprint from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 168mph. The car is powerful, but also benefits from the diesel engine, giving the car an estimated range of 621 miles from a full tank and improved emissions. The suspension system has been tweaked to handle the slight weight increase.

The diesel Bentayga receives bespoke V8 diesel badges, twin-quad tailpipes and a black radiator grille to differentiate it from the petrol versions. 20-inch alloys wheels and a eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox come as standard.

Order books should open in January, with first European deliveries expected to land in early 2017. Pricing is yet to be released but it should sit below the W12’s £160,000 price tag.

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