Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak launched to celebrate record run

Bentley will produce 10 special-edition versions of the Bentayga to celebrate its record time for a production SUV at the weekend’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Following Rhys Millen’s 10min 49.9sec run in an almost completely standard Bentayga (it featured minimal modifications for safety), Bentley will offer W12 versions of its luxury SUV with bespoke features inspired by that car.

Finished by Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house coachbuilding service, the Pikes Peak model comes in either Beluga black or Radium. It sits on 22in wheels, finished with a bespoke two-tone design of the two aforementioned shades.

Bentley’s Black Specification pack is added as standard, replacing all exterior chrome with gloss black. It also adds a carbonfibre splitter, side skirts and diffuser, while a rear spoiler is crafted from the same material.

Drawing links to the weekend’s result is a Pikes Peak motif that sits on the front wheel arches.

Inside, the cabin is trimmed with Beluga leather, featuring Alcantara inserts and contrasting lime accents. The steering wheel and gearlever are also trimmed in Alcantara, while the headlining is made with Eliade cloth. The car gets a Pikes Peak logo on its carbonfibre fascia and numbered treadplates.

Like the car that took to the iconic hill, no changes have been made to the W12 engine. It produces 600bhp and 664lb ft of torque, and drives all four wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Bentayga Sports Exhaust and Touring Specification pack are fitted as standard.

Although Bentley won’t announce pricing until the car goes on sale in Europe and the US in August, it’s fair to assume a hefty increase on the standard W12 car’s £162,700.