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The Bentley Bentayga goes green*
*In the most literal way possible. Bentley's ultra-regal 4x4 isn't immune from tuners
There’s perhaps a certain devilish glee in taking something like a Bentley Bentayga and subjecting it to the world of wide-body kits and bellowing custom exhausts. It’s like racing stripes on a private plane, or the Queen using emojis.
Clearly, German tuning house Startech thinks so, because this deep, forest green version of the Bentayga is wearing no less than £44,000 worth of body panels, suspension, wheels and exhaust parts.
And, of course, the rather verdant paint job. That’s not an inconsequential sum to tack on to the £160,000 asking price for Bentley’s off-road palace.
So, what exactly do you get for your £200,000? Well, the front and rear bumpers are Startech’s own design, as are the wider wheel arches that enclose lightweight, forged 23-inch wheels, in a much more rakish and sporting design than the standard Bentley fare.
The wheels tuck much further into the guards thanks to suspension that’s been lowered by 20mm, which probably precludes you from doing any off-roading.
Finally, Startech has made sure the characteristic hush of the big Bentley can be a thing of the past, thanks to a switchable valved exhaust system that opens up in sport mode for a pretty satisfying bellow, if you ask us.
Of course, the decidedly olive-coloured Bentayga is just one Portuguese customer’s perfect version. You can spec your Startech Bentayga with any number of interior and exterior options. If you want black leather seats with white stitching and a picture of a donkey embossed in the headrest, you need only ask.
And it’s not just Startech who’s had a crack at replacing the subtlety of the Bentayga with noise and carbon ibre. Mansory’s already had a crack, with predictably Mansory-esque results (hey, at least it’s consistent), and lesser-known tuners DMC (not to be confused with DeLorean), who’ve created the ‘Gigante’, a bright orange Bentayga with 692bhp.
It seems that the Bentayga’s quickly becoming the darling of the tuning set. Because, as Michelle Pfeiffer once said in Scarface, nothing exceeds like excess.
But what would your perfect Bentayga look like, and who would you get to build it?