Bentley has unveiled what it calls the world’s fastest, most luxurious SUV: the Bentayga Speed. Taking centre stage in this speed-fest is a tweaked version of the 6.0l twin-turbo W12 engine that powers other Bentaygas. Outputs are bumped up to 467kW and 900Nm and brings the top speed up to 306km/h — just 0.8km/h faster than the Lamborghini Urus. However, the British SUV is still a snip slower than the Urus from 0-100km, doing the deed in a claimed 3.9 seconds versus the Lambo’s 3.6. An eight-speed transmission feeds the power to all four wheels and there are four driving programmes including a Sport mode that adapt the engine, transmission, and suspension responses. A new set of lightweight but heavy-duty carbon ceramic brakes accompany the W12 power, which Bentley says are the largest and most powerful yet fitted to one of its vehicles.

Bentley’s active roll bars have also been recalibrated for sportier handling, and an electric roll control system reduces body roll. Cosmetic...

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