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Bentley’s new SUV, the Bentayga, is definitely a success story for the brand no matter how you cut it. It might be the very first SUV for the marque, but clearly the experience that the Volkswagen Group has in making all-new SUVs has paid off: Critics unanimously agree that not only is the Bentayga a great SUV, but it’s also a thoroughbred Bentley.
Of course, the Bentayga has been available on the market in two guises: A biturbo V8 (320kW/900Nm) and a biturbo W12 (447kW/900Nm). And while the oiler is tremendous at hauling the big Bentley along and the W12 is a force of nature, there were quarters calling for a smaller, lighter, and perhaps more driver-focused variant to appeal to those who want their SUV to be properly fun to drive, the way a Bentley ought to be.
It seems the crew in Crewe (sorry) heard the demands, and will soon be heralding in a third powertrain option for the Bentayga. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the US, uncovered by AutoGuide, show that two Bentley Bentayga models would be going on sale for the 2019 model year, one described as a W12 (that we’re familiar with), and the other as a V8.
The V8 in question is described as a 3,996cc (4.0-litre) V8 with 550PS (or 404kW), numbers that happen to coincide with the similarly-sized and similarly-powerful twin-turbo V8 in the Porsche Cayenne, which then allows us to assume a torque figure of about 770Nm. This means that while it’ll match the Porsche for power (though not drivability, that’s for sure), it’ll steer well clear of the tune that the same lump makes for the Lamborghini Urus, where it produces 484kW.
The Bentley Bentayga V8 is expected to make its debut sometime in the middle of the year, in time for the 2019 model year that the NHTSA documents suggest, though further along the line, there should be a plug-in hybrid variant with 500kW and 850Nm, which Automotive News suggests may debut at the upcoming Geneva motorshow.