Bentley Bentayga Releases Limited Edition ‘Pikes Peak Bentayga’ After Crushing Production SUV Record at Iconic Hill Climb
From form to function, we’ve seen the Bentley Bentayga prove itself on many grounds. And though we’ve firsthand just how well it can perform on the road, the folks at Crewe have taken one to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and claimed the record for a production SUV, and by a long shot. To celebrate, Bentley’s also unveiled the ‘Pikes Peak Bentayga’, a limited edition spec of the SUV that pays homage to the occasion. It’s warranted given two-time champion Rhys Millen (NZ) took the Bentayga through the 12.42-mile course in just 10:49.9 which is nearly two minutes off the previous record. The Bentayga SUV’s versatility shined as it climbed almost 5,000 feet and bent through 156 corners, making full use of Bentley’s powerful W12 engine, adaptive air suspension, active electric 48V anti-roll control and carbon ceramic brakes.
The difference between the Bentayga that Rhys wore at Pikes Peak and the ones you’ve seen around town comes from compliance to rules of the race. The front seats were replaced with racing versions while the rear seats were removed, and a roll cage and fire suppression system were installed. Tyres were selected from Pirelli’s DOT-marked range, and a production-specification Akrapovic sports exhaust was fitted. In every other way, the Pikes Peak car is a standard Bentayga.
Strictly limited to just 10 units and created and handcrafted by Mulliner – Bentley’s in-house bespoke and coachbuilding division – the Pikes Peak Bentayga comes in your choice of deep Beluga black paint or striking Radium, with 22-inch wheels in a bespoke two-tone finish of Beluga with Radium accents. The Black Specification is included here, replacing all exterior chrome with gloss black components and adding a carbon fibre splitter, side skirts, diffuser and rear spoiler. A subtle Pikes Peak motif adorns the front fenders.
Inside the car, a Mulliner Design Colour Split works Key Lime accents with Beluga leather, with Alcantara inserts to the seats and doors. The steering wheel and gear lever are also trimmed in Alcantara, and the headlining is technical Eliade cloth. A Pikes Peak logo decorates the carbon fibre fascias, and numbered Pikes Peak treadplates complete the interior.
Check out more visuals from the competition as well as shots of the Bentley Pikes Peak Bentayga in the gallery up top. Look for it to be available to order from August for customers in the US and Europe.