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The Bentley Bentayga is the fastest SUV at Pikes Peak

And Bentley’s building ten cars as a celebration of its 10m49.9s run

Published: 25 Jun 2018
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Volkswagen spent the weekend tearing up the Pikes Peak record books with a simply astonishing sub-eight minute run up the mountain. Bentley too, had its own measure of success.

The company’s specially developed Bentayga Pikes Peak SUV managed to trim two entire minutes off the previous fastest SUV to run up the mountain, setting a record time of 10m49.9s.

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Driver Rhys Millen, no stranger to the mountain every car enthusiast wants to climb, was the man behind the record, averaging 66.5mph through 5,000ft and 156 corners. We suspect this specially developed Bentayga’s electric anti-roll control came in rather handy.

Though when we say ‘specially developed’, there was in fact, minimal developing. The Pikes Peak Bentayga merely featured racing front seats, a roll cage and fire extinguisher, special Pirelli tyres and a production-spec Akrapovic exhaust. Oh, and Bentley binned the rear seats too.

Otherwise, it’s a standard Bentayga, if a 600bhp luxury SUV capable of 0-62mph in four seconds flat and a top speed of 187mph can ever be referred to as ‘standard’.

“What an incredible machine,” Millen explained after his record. “I had a great run. The car was planted all the way up and gave me the confidence I needed to push hard. I’m delighted to take the SUV record for Bentley and for everyone that’s been involved in the project.”

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So, to commemorate this record, Bentley has announced a limited run of just ten special Bentaygas, unsurprisingly called the Pikes Peak Bentayga. Each will be fitted with the engine you want – that 6.0-litre W12 – together with 22in wheels, gloss black exterior detailing replacing the chrome, a carbon fibre splitter, side skirts, a diffuser and a rear spoiler.

You also get some logos, Alcantara inserts and trim, the Bentley sports exhaust and Touring Spec as standard. Body colour options include black, or the luminous ‘Radium’ worn by the Pikes Peak record car. Yeah, go for that one. Why not.

No word on price (a ‘regular’ W12 starts at just under £163k), but you’ll be able to order it from August.

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