Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak launched to celebrate record run

Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak launched to celebrate record run

The Bentley Bentayga has set a new record, becoming the fastest production SUV to ever complete the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak electric race vehicle, driven by Frenchman Romain Dumas, was the first auto ever to complete the 12.42 mile, 156-turn race up Pikes Peak in under 8 minutes. Aside from that, only an Akrapovic exhaust and specific Pirelli tires were fitted. "The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has now set the fastest time in the history of this hill climb, which spans more than 100 years, which speaks volumes for electric mobility". To take a luxury SUV with minimal modifications and be able to drive up this course in under 11 minutes is a huge testament to the performance and level of engineering in the Bentayga.

Prices have not been announced for the Pikes Peak Bentayga, although expect a significant jump in price over the standard W12 Bentayga, which starts from £162,700. Inside, a roll cage is installed to protect Millen, along with a fire extinguisher system, and a racing bucket seat with harness seat belts. Its 10:49.9 time slashed almost two whole minutes off the previous record of 12:35.61, achieved in a 2014 Range Rover Sport.

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Bentley's "Black Specification" will see the chrome detailing replaced with gloss black and carbon fibre details, while Pikes Peak badges will also be added. To celebrate the win, a Pikes Peak Bentayga will be offered in limited numbers carrying the same livery (minus the numbers) in Bentley Mulliner specification. A Pikes Peak logo sitting on the front fender round up the exterior make over.

Inside the Pikes Peak Bentayga, the seats are wrapped in Beluga leather with key lime accents. The steering wheel and gearlever are also trimmed in Alcantara, while the headlining is made with Eliade cloth.

Adaptive air suspension and Bentley's unique and world-first 48V electric active anti-roll control system (Bentley Dynamic Ride) ensure the ideal balance between refined ride comfort and optimum body control.

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