Rarely does the thought of a luxury SUV eating the corners come to mind, and Bentley thought it was high-time to fix that with its Bentayga's latest record at the annual hill climb event. A 600-horsepower 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine powers both SUVs, and both sport an identical suspension setup featuring adaptive air springs at each corner and 48-volt electric active anti-roll bars that keep this big beast flat through corners.
"Congratulations to all at Bentley Motorsport and to Rhys Millen and his team", Bentley's Member of the Board for Sales & Marketing, Chris Craft, said. The Pikes Peak ditches the regular Bentayga's brightwork in favour of black trim.
Bentley has toppled the production SUV record at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, and will celebrate the feat with a run of 10 special editions.
No matter which exterior color the buyer chooses, 22-inch wheels fill out the wheelwells and feature a Beluga and Radium two-tone finish. Created and handcrafted by Mulliner - Bentley's in-house bespoke and coachbuilding division - the Pikes Peak Bentayga is an homage to the achievements of the Bentayga W12 on the mountain. An additional carbon fibre package adds a front splitter, side skirts and a rear diffuser and spoiler in the lightweight material.
Tyres were selected from Pirelli's DOT-marked range, and a production-specification Akrapovic sports exhaust was fitted. On the dash is a green motif of the Pikes Peak course, and a matching counterpart can also be seen on the front fenders. The steering wheel and gearlever are also trimmed in Alcantara, while the headlining is made with Eliade cloth. That everything ran so smoothly is an incredible feeling, and the new record on Pikes Peak is the icing on the cake. It produces 600bhp and 664lb ft of torque, and drives all four wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Bentayga Sports Exhaust and Touring Specification pack complete the auto.