The Volkswagen Wagon is still leg-deep in the muck that’s the diesel scandal, but it hasn’t given up on diesel engines entirely, at least not in Europe. Bentley, the German automotive group’s ultra-premium brand, has just unveiled the Bentayga Diesel, which is powered by the same 4.0L V8 used by the Audi SQ7 TDI.
Not only is the Bentayga Bentley’s first-ever SUV, but the Bentayga Diesel also represents its first-ever diesel-powered vehicle. Mated to to an eight-speed automatic transmission and benefiting from a sequential twin-scroll turbochargers and a third electric supercharger, its 4.0L V8 develop a healthy 429 horsepower and 664 lb-ft. of torque.
That’s enough power to accelerate the large SUV from a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).
According to Bentley, the Bentayga Diesel can travel up to 621 miles (999 miles) on a single tank, delivering a combined fuel economy rating of 35.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of 210 grams per kilometer on the EU cycle.
Visually, the Bentayga Diesel is distinguished from its W12-powered counterpart by a black grille with chrome surround and center bar, V8 diesel badging on key places, and ‘twin-quad’ exhaust outlets. The interior gains a new interior veneer called Liquid Amber.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, stated:
“The Bentayga Diesel represents a moment of immense significance in Bentley’s history, by giving the world its fastest luxury diesel SUV. Immense power, grand touring capabilities and superb refinement – this is a true Bentley. Only Bentley could produce a car so powerful, yet so refined.”
The Bentayga Diesel goes on sale in early 2017 and will be followed by a plug-in hybrid model later on. There are currently no plans to bring it to the United States and Canada.
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