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The Bentley Bentayga is the world’s fastest SUV. We drive Cardi B’s favorite car

Are Cardi B fans here? Of course they are. Have you ever wondered how she drives with her beloved car, the Bentley Bentayga? Me too, so I checked it out and I will not hesitate to share my impressions.

  • The Bentayga is currently the most-bought Bentley model
  • The W12 version is the world’s fastest SUV. It reaches a top speed of 305 km / h
  • Bentley has committed to phasing out internal combustion engines by 2030.
  • In Cardi B’s latest hit “Up”, the artist mentions Bentley Bentayga six times
  • More car tests can be found on the Onet.pl home page

Naturally, Bentley is an icon in the automotive world. A brand that plays at the same level of luxury as Rolls Royce, but at a much higher level when it comes to sport. When you talk about the legendary Le Mans race, the logo of the British brand automatically pops into your head. Even one of their models is named after the most famous long straight of the Circuit de la Sarthe, or Mulsanne. These sporting connotations allowed the Bentley to be a bit less snobby and stiff than the aforementioned Rolls. This is obviously most evident in the Continental GT, but the impact is also felt in their SUV.

Heavyweight athlete

After the recent facelift, the Bentayga is still monumental – the rest of the cars look like prams in the shape of children’s cars, which you can rent in shopping malls – but you can not deny that the solid body is more inspired by the brand’s sporting connotations than a gothic fortified castle. During the facelift, the rear was the most controversial with new lamps almost identical to those in Continental. I admit at first and I was against them, but when I saw everything “live” I changed my mind. By changing the headlights and redesigning the entire rear, this part of the body does not look so overwhelming and sluggish.

However, the main role in the appearance of the Bentayga is played by the details that build the entire image of the car. Just look at that muscular central engine air intake. Its aluminum honeycomb cover is made of one solid block of metal. It looks great. Or the headlights – the designers really worked with them. They look like the best crystal whiskey glasses, you literally want to take them out and pour some decent Scotch.

Bentley designers somehow managed to combine water with fire, i.e. create a huge cathedral on wheels intimidating with its majesty, while not depriving it of a pinch of sport and British elegance, and the facelift itself only emphasized the last two aspects.

The Bentley Bentayga is the world's fastest SUV.  We drive Cardi B's favorite car

The Bentley Bentayga is the world’s fastest SUV. We drive Cardi B’s favorite car

Photo: Marcin Witkowski / Noizz.pl

A suite with a view of whatever you want

The interior of the Bentley, as you might expect, is in a class of its own. Here, however, the proportions of monumentality, sport, elegance and luxury are slightly different. For now, forget about sports, at least until the engine is started. The sense of the vastness of the Bentayga’s exterior in the interior gives way to a blissful sense of space. On the other hand, elegance and luxury give decisive handling, and they jointly rule the Bentley’s cabin. The quality of materials and the level of finish are amazing. Even if your fingers wander in search of hard plastic or sloppy leather, where no one ever looks, such as the underside of the dashboard, the inside of a door pocket, or another similarly absurd place, you’ll find that even there the Bentley Factory he does not give himself a discounted fare.

The Bentley Bentayga is the world's fastest SUV.  We drive Cardi B's favorite car

The Bentley Bentayga is the world’s fastest SUV. We drive Cardi B’s favorite car

Photo: Marcin Witkowski / Noizz.pl

The luxury is in the details

This time I will not list the flaws, because they simply do not exist, but I will mention a few things that stand out in particular from the overall picture. The first step is the Breitling watch on the top of the central console. Naturally, you can personalize it freely, in the test specimen the dial was made of one piece of mother of pearl, and the individual hours were marked by diamonds. It may not be my taste, but the workmanship is impressive. I haven’t even checked the price of this “gadget”, but gentlemen don’t talk about money.

The Bentley Bentayga is the world's fastest SUV.  We drive Cardi B's favorite car

The Bentley Bentayga is the world’s fastest SUV. We drive Cardi B’s favorite car

Photo: Marcin Witkowski / Noizz.pl

The second thing is the armchairs – incredibly comfortable. I don’t know if it’s comfortable to sit on a cloud, but I imagine it is and I already understand why Cardi likes Bentayga so much. It is literally a resting machine. You get in tired and stressed out, and after an hour you get out like a new person, free from worries. Magic!

The American rapper certainly appreciates the third thing I want to tell you about, i.e. the audio system. The sound system was prepared by the audiophile Naim company and it must be admitted that they fulfilled their task in concert. Just muting the cabin is impressive, and when music starts streaming from twenty speakers, you literally feel it penetrating your body. Even the brilliant Burmester package from Porsche has to recognize the superiority of a 1780 W kit.

The Bentley Bentayga is the world's fastest SUV.  We drive Cardi B's favorite car

The Bentley Bentayga is the world’s fastest SUV. We drive Cardi B’s favorite car

Photo: Marcin Witkowski / Noizz.pl

The amazing case of the Bentley Bentayga

Before I hit the road, I was very skeptical about the driving characteristics of the Bentley. After all, the Bentayga is a heavy block the size of a standard kebab booth, and these have this characteristic that even with a powerful engine on board, they do not run well. Of course, this theory holds true when we talk about ordinary cars, and the Bentley is absolutely not one of those. When we drive slowly, you may actually believe that the British SUV is a clunky elephant, but it’s an illusion. The level of separation from the outside world is responsible for it. A suspension that smoothes every even the most holey road, despite the 22-inch rims, absolute silencing of the cabin and a bit lazy steering, but I mark it only at low speeds. All together, it gives the illusion of a rocking boat, in which the steering wheel is not used to guide, but only to indicate the direction.

But the Bentayga can do much more and is simply a car for every occasion. Whenever you want to go faster, the car will adapt to your requirements. The stability of the car is incredible, no matter what speed you are currently driving, on what road or in what weather. A whole host of advanced electronics will keep the body from tilting when cornering, and the power is transferred continuously, smoothly and precisely to the wheel that needs it.

It’s not an engine, it’s a nuclear reactor

Well, when we are already at power, it is worth mentioning the engine. Bentley has pledged to electrify its entire range and to completely phase out combustion engines by 2030. The first swallow of upcoming changes is the Bentayga in the plug-in hybrid version, which, unfortunately, is not yet offered in Europe at the moment, but the birds are chirping that this will literally change at any moment. Currently, we can choose between the V8 versions and the absurd W12. Why absurd? The test specimen is the “weaker” version of the V8 and after riding it I have no idea how anyone could say, “Hmm, I guess I need more power after all.” 550 horses and 770 Nm accelerate the big SUV as if the weight of well over 2 tons did not matter.

Bentley, however, has not completely forgotten about the times we live in and equipped its V8 with several fuel-saving features. The car can go into sailing mode, reducing RPM to a minimum, and it can also temporarily turn off half of the cylinders when all power is not needed at the moment. You may not believe me, but getting 10-11 liters of fuel at a speed higher than that allowed on Polish highways is not a feat. Not bad for something that has the aerodynamics and weight of a glacial erratic boulder.

The Bentayga is truly a royal car, it is exactly what you expect in every situation. Do you want to relax and rock it nicely? No problem. Want to quickly transfer from A to B? Bentley won’t even blink an eyelid. Do you want to drive with class to an opera, art gallery or red carpet? No problem. Need to drive to your mountain villa on a muddy steep road? For Bentayga, this is a piece of cake. Cardi, I’m not surprised by your love for this colossus.

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