Bentley Bentayga (2016)

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    2016 Bentley Bentayga (SUV)

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    http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=214464

    Autocar has obtained tantalising details of a secret Bentley off-roader powered by a 450bhp 6.0-litre W12 engine that, if put into production, could radically alter the status quo at the upper end of the four-wheel-drive market. Codenamed BY616, the luxurious offering is among a number of proposals put forward by parent company Volkswagen in recent months as a means of further expanding the Bentley marque against a backdrop of surging sales, renewed brand awareness and an expanding customer base.

    The big new Bentley, depicted here in our exclusive computer-generated images, is derived from the forthcoming Audi Q7 – Ingolstadt’s answer to the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-class – due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

    However, like Bentley’s recent models, the BY616 has been conceived with a unique body and interior – the latter foregoing the Audi’s seven-seat layout for a more commodious five-seat arrangement.

    Production of the proposed model had been rejected by Bentley boss Franz-Josef Paefgen in a boardroom debate last December, and a senior Bentley insider told Autocar that he was also strongly against the idea of a 4×4.

    But there remains a strong lobby of support for the new car, and the Bentley boss could be overruled by the upper echelons of VW, which is keen to see the British car maker’s production volume rise above 10,000 annually in the long term. ‘At this level Bentley can be self-sustaining,’ said a high-ranking Wolfsburg insider. ‘With the existing range that is only possible for one or two years at best. We want to sustain it at this level indefinitely.’

    Paefgen has had disagreements over 4x4s before. When boss of Audi, he refused to build an Audi version of the Touraeg/Cayenne project, commissioning the Allroad instead.

    The idea behind the BY616 stems from the success of the Touareg Sport, which uses the W12 engine. Produced in a limited run of 500, the rapid four-wheel drive sold out within a month of its announcement last September, despite a price tag of £96,850, and 330 of them went to the Middle East alone.

    The new Bentley has been conceived to sit at the very top of the Volkswagen Group’s four-wheel-drive hierarchy, above the Touareg and Audi Q7. And price estimates of £120,000 by industry analysts make it almost double the price of a Range Rover. With much of its mechanical package sourced from within the Volkswagen Group, analysts contend BY616 could generate profits on volumes of ‘slightly less than 2000 annually’ over a 10-year model cycle.

    The big concern, of course, is the risk to Bentley’s blue-chip image, but Bentley’s customer base has changed dramatically in recent years, and there are signs that the majority of new Bentley owners may actually welcome such a move. ‘The average age of Continental GT buyers is below 50,’ says a Bentley US source, ‘Many don’t have any preconceptions of what a Bentley should be, except that it must make a bold visual statement.’ While a 4×4 may seem at odds with Bentley’s traditional image, the controversial Cayenne, for example, has become a successful and profitable part of the Porsche range.

    The BY616 has been conceived around the same platform as the Audi Q7, itself a development of the structure underpinning the Touareg and Cayenne. Features include permanent four-wheel drive and air springs and, like the Q7, it does without a transfer case and low-ratio gearing.

    Initial proposals call for a car stretching to over 5100mm long, nearly 2000mm wide and 1750mm high. Our images convey how the new car could look rather than providing any detailed clues to its appearance.

    As with the Continental GT and Flying Spur, the BY616 has been conceived to use a 6.0-litre W12 engine. Unlike in its coupé and saloon siblings, however, the four-valve-per-cylinder unit is normally aspirated, with power dropping from 650bhp to 450bhp – as in the Touareg W12 Sport – while torque dips by 37lb ft to 442lb ft. Despite the drop and a probable kerbweight well above 2000kg, performance would be quite impressive if the Touareg’s 0-62mph time of 5.9sec is anything to go by.

    There is also the possibility of endowing the BY616 with hybrid power, boosting the W12 with electric motors. Such a set-up is being readied for the Q7, according to Audi chairman Martin Winterkorn, which would make it easily adaptable for the Bentley.

    Also being weighed up is a modified version of Audi’s new 4.2-litre V8 diesel, which is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In the upcoming Q7, it pushes out a stout 310bhp and 516lb ft.

    Bentley has already eyed up Volkswagen’s under-utilised Dresden facility to boost its production capacity. Home to the slow selling Volkswagen Phaeton, the ultra-modern factory appears perfectly suited to Bentley’s requirements, especially as the 4×4 would use a different platform to the Conti GT and Flying Spur.

    #24555

    Tengo la impresion que es un Cayenne o un Q7 retocado, pero no me gustaria que Bentley se sume a esta moda.

    #24556

      Pues hasta donde yo se existe un Bentlley SUV llamado Intruder si mi memorial no me falla, dicho vehiculo es propiedad del Sultan de Brunei, pero lo que nuca supe es si este fue un modelo de producción o un prototipo como el Java cuyo dueño quien creen que es???… Bentley no lo es… Así es, el mismo Sultan… Por ello este no me sorprende puesto ya existe uno…

    #24557

      Perdon, tengo que rectificar no era Intruder, su nombre fue Dominator y tenia la base de un Range Rover, por lo visto fue un prototipo…

      Les dejo una foto, pero en verdad que me recuerda un Volga, no me gusta…

    [url url=http://www.imageshack.us]http://img167.echo.cx/img167/9591/bentleydominator1xm.jpg[/url]

      http://www.cizetausa.com/links/Brunei_Sultans_Automotive_Empire.asp

    #24558

    uff..! q feo este amarillo

    #24559

    Este Sultán es famoso por sus gustos, jejejeje

    No a un SUV de Bentley!!!

    #24560

    [quote quote=»somonte»]
    No a un SUV de Bentley!!!
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    Lo secundo

    #24561
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    Para salirse del mercado por arriba con un TT ya tienen a Lamborghini. No creo que a los conservadores compradores de sus berlinas les hiciese demasiada gracia.

    #24562

    Pues yo veo Mucho mejor un SUV Lujoso de Bentley que uno de Lamborghini

    #24563

    ahi las dao datigol, una recreacion desde impressies.info
    http://img48.exs.cx/img48/5525/projectbentley25ww.jpg

    #24564

    Es posible k esta recreación esté basada en el Infinity FX. Lo he estado analizando y aun así no estoy seguro, pero es posible.

    #24565

    No me gusta nada la idea de un Bentley SUV y menos aún la de «explotar» el frontal del Continental GT para auementar o renovar la gama.

    #24566

    Este segundo shop (vikoneo) ya está bastante mejor que el primero, incluso me gusta 😉

    #24567

    También hay rumores acerca de un SUV por parte de Buggatti; yo creo que ya sería demasiado, bastante tenemos ya con el Cayenne/Touareg/Q7, para que se sume el Lambo, el Bugatti y el Bentley.

    #24568

    Estos serían ya de super, super-gama.

    #24569

    Y luego nos quejamos de Seat que utiliza el mismo frontal para todo y yodo lo que huele a Bentley el frontal es calcado.

    Estos de VAG…

    #24570

    [quote quote=»datigol»]
    Y luego nos quejamos de Seat que utiliza el mismo frontal para todo y yodo lo que huele a Bentley el frontal es calcado.

    Estos de VAG…
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    Que graaaaan verdad. Los jefes estrategicos de VAG realmente deben fumar cosas raras porque ultimamente se les va un poco la olla. No obstante, creo que tendria mas sentido un SUV de Lambo que de Bentley, teniendo los antecedentes del LM02… Yo creo que el cliente de Bentley lo que quiere es un Arnage o un Conti GT… no un SUV. Pa eso ya tienen el Range Rover Vogue…

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    #24572

    Tienes razón danidmas, pero un Bentley SUV sería mucho más lujoso y potente que el Vogue.

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