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Frankfurt LIVE: Bentley Bentayga

VW\'s new W12 engine launches the Bentayga to 60 mph in four seconds flat.

Bentley has fully introduced the Bentayga at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Billed as the company's pinnacle model, the high-riding Bentayga is claimed to be the fastest and most powerful SUV in the world. VW's new twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine delivers 600 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque, launching the Bentayga to 60 mph in four seconds flat. As previously promised, it will continue to accelerate all the way up to 187 mph.

Designers attempted to reach a balance between sportiness and SUV presence, while making the SUV instantly recognizable as a Bentley. It carries several trademark features including a large matrix grille, B-shaped wing vents and floating LED headlights.

The Bentley 'powerline' and rear haunch are said to be part of the biggest single-piece aluminum pressing in the automotive industry. Use of the lightweight metal has saved more than 520 pounds compared to a traditional steel body.

As expected, the interior showcases the brand's highest levels of luxury and comfort. The space is filled with plenty of premium diamond-quilted leather, handcrafted metal elements and a choice between seven different wood veneers. Buyers can also choose from a four- or five-seat configuration, with 18-way adjustment and massage functions for the individual rear seats.

A full-length panoramic roof comes standard, accounting for approximately 60 percent of the total roof area. The front panel tilts and slides, and the whole panel can be obscured via a full-length electric roller blind.

The hands-free tailgate opens to a large storage space and an optional folding event seat, allowing owners to enjoy an outdoor event from the comfort of their ultra-luxe SUV.

Bentley drivers spent plenty of time at the Nurburgring to refine the suspension system, with over 400 laps of the Nordschleife circuit. A 48V electrical system powers Bentley's Dynamic Ride roll-control technology to counteract roll forces around corners. The SUV's steering system also benefits from the 48V circuitry, with a variable rack ratio for fast steering at slow speeds and a subdued response at higher speeds.

"With this extraordinary car we are looking forward to an exciting period of strong growth and sales success for Bentley," said Bentley chief Wolfgang Dürheimer. "The Bentayga is the next step in our brand's bold future."

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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