Bentley Bentayga Shatters Class Record at Pikes Peak

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Named in line with VW's upcoming electric vehicles, the I.D. Cross and the I.D. Buzz, the R is a rather more hardcore vehicle - built specifically for Pikes Peak and its 156 turns. And while you may mock, it did beat the record set by a Range Rover Sport in 2013 by a massive 1:45.6. Broken a new course record for a production SUV in its Bentayga at this year's Pike Peak International Hill Climb, clocking the climb in just 10:49.9.

Climbing nearly 5000ft through 156 corners, the Bentayga deployed its unique combination of a 600bhp, 900Nm W12 engine, adaptive air suspension, active electric 48V anti-roll control and carbon ceramic brakes to set a stunning new benchmark. This weekend, Bentley's "near-production specification" Bentayga W12 managed to best Dallenbach's time by almost two minutes, thanks to the magic of driver Rhys Millen, who completed the course in 10 minutes 49.9 seconds, at an average speed of 66.5 miles per hour.

The Bentayga used in the race only had minimal modifications, like unique front seats, the rear seats were removed, and a roll cage and fire suppression system were installed. Most notable is the "Radium" paint finish - a more subdued black is also available - and 22-inch alloy wheels which feature highlights in the same lurid shade. 10 specially outfitted cars will bear the Pikes Peak Bentayga name and badging.

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The SUV did run some of the factory options, such as the Bentley Sports Exhaust by Akrapovic and Touring Specification, along with the Mulliner Design Colour Split package for the interior with Key Lime and Beluga leather. The exterior changes are rounded off by subtle Pikes Peak badging on the front wings. Carbon fibre dash inserts will also have Pikes Peak emblems on them.

Inside the auto, a Mulliner Design Colour Split marries Key Lime accents with Beluga leather, with Alcantara inserts to the seats and doors. It uses the standard 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 which still produces 600 PS and 900 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

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