Want a Bentley Bentayga Speed, but find it’s a bit too, uh, speedy for you? Well, has Bentley got the mega-luxe SUV for you. Place your moneyed peepers on the 2022 Bentley Bentayga S, a tensed-up, hunkered-down variant of the popular “entry-level” Bentayga V8 that adds a helping of handling know-how previously only available on the aforementioned twelve-cylinder, top-dog Speed model.
So, if you break down the Bentayga model lineup, the new S is third from the bottom out of four total trims, making it one of the most expensive and well-equipped in the range, sitting just below the Speed—though there’s no word yet if a Bentayga “Peed” that might slot between the S and the Speed is forthcoming. We digress.
Power from the familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 found in the lower Bentayga is an unchanged 542 hp and 568 lb-ft, but as there’s not much of a power gulf between the standard V8 and the 626-hp, 664-lb-ft W-12 Speed, the new S is all about handling. Still, expect to blow the plastidip off the local hot-hatch population with a zero-to-60-mph sprint in just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.