- Flagship to the Bentley model goals so as to add monstrous backseat room whereas retaining driving dynamics.
- Bentley Airline Seat hits new ranges of consolation for the limo class.
- Close to final hurrah for inner combustion engine-powered luxurious SUV.
Dimension issues within the SUV world, and within the luxurious finish of that world, you possibly can add an exclamation level to that assertion. The 2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB is a daring exclamation level for VW’s luxurious model.
But, as vital as “bigness” is for this newest iteration of the Bentayga clan, the expanded dimension is simply a part of the story. The 180 millimeter extension of the wheelbase is a stretch between the wheels, however Bentley dealt with it so elegantly that it’s barely noticeable from the skin of the now virtually 17.5-foot-long luxurious SUV. The EWB’s chief designer advised Autoweek the important thing was extending the arc surrounding the rear wheelwell so proportions of the EWB mimic the shorter customary wheelbase.
Open that large rear door, although, and the purpose of the stretch turns into clear. The rear of the Bentayga EWB can—and possibly ought to in all circumstances—be geared up with its proprietary Airline Seats. These seats and their surrounding setting put the passenger in a particular world, as we discovered driving and being pushed within the mountain roads of British Columbia exterior Vancouver. With solely a day of driving/driving, it wasn’t potential to discover all the 22 methods of adjustment or expertise the 177 particular person strain adjustments throughout six totally impartial strain zones that the seat presents. Belief us after we say it is likely one of the most comfy and accommodating seats we’ve ever skilled in an vehicle. That features having facet bolsters that lightly safe you in place with out proscribing motion.
Past the seat, the spaciousness of the rear compartment, augmented by the automotive’s clean journey, offered a piece setting not like any vehicle we’ve been in—and higher than some places of work through which we’ve needed to labor. Hand-stitched leathers are in all places all through the cabin, with temper lighting peeking out from behind in some locations.
The image-window-size facet glass and panoramic sunroof add to the ambiance within the rear; it’s not not like driving in one in all Amtrak’s remark vehicles. Though I don’t suppose the Amtrak seats provide quite a lot of massages like Bentley’s. Or have the “wellness” focus of computerized local weather sensing and superior postural changes.
The stress with Bentley is all these limo accoutrements conflict with its heritage as an opulent driver’s automotive. Although the highlighted characteristic of the EWB is within the again seat, Bentley couldn’t let go of the significance of how this 7165-pound automotive would carry out for its driver, ensuring we not solely skilled the Airline Seat, but additionally bought behind the wheel on some enjoyable BC mountain roads.
The 542-horsepower twin-turbo V8 didn’t disappoint. The 4.0-liter engine appeared to not solely be greater than able to replicating its claimed 4.5-second 0-to-60 mph, it additionally was mated to a clean eight-speed ZF gearbox and everlasting all-wheel drive that delivered seamless energy as wanted. The automotive was simply able to forsaking the conservative mountain street pace limits and blasting previous laggard automobiles as wanted with its 568 lb-ft of torque kicking in at 2000 rpm.
Bentley’s V8 provides cylinder deactivation to indicate it’s maintaining a tally of gasoline economic system. The common Bentayga delivers 14 mpg within the metropolis, 21 on the freeway and 17 mixed. The EWB with its added weight shouldn’t diminish these numbers an excessive amount of. That ought to equal greater than 400 miles of driving.
The Bentayga EWB’s rear-wheel steering provides one other driver-oriented deal with that is also a optimistic for the rear-seat passenger. Maneuvering the prolonged automobile is far simpler than anticipated and transitory strikes turn out to be virtually second nature. Bentley says the EWB will flip extra effectively than the standard-wheelbase Bentayga, which now we have no motive to doubt. The steering feeds off of the automotive’s 48-volt gentle hybrid system, which additionally runs an lively antiroll bar. You don’t really feel—which is the purpose—the self-leveling air suspension or its steady dampening management.
Bentleys are all about choices, so it’s not stunning it options an eight-mode drive management and 4 journey heights.
Although Bentleys promote within the 10s of 1000’s yearly, the corporate has performed its finest to verify your neighbor is not going to present up with a twin of your automobile. The number of trim mixtures for the Bentley lineup totals 24 billion—and that’s earlier than going into bespoke decisions. For instance, the Bentayga EWB has seven customary paint colours, however 56 prolonged paint colours, after which can customise your paint on prime of that.
Likewise, you’ve gotten 5 customary cover colours for the seats and an prolonged alternative of 10 extra. Veneers, a key a part of the posh expertise, clock in at eight decisions plus three open-pore choices.
That is the posh world, outlined by the Bentley of us as automobiles beginning at $200,000 retail. For sure, that’s the bottom flooring for the model’s 5 fashions. With report revenues throughout the pandemic, Bentley famous that the division is ready to self-fund the £2.5 billion funding within the electrification of the lineup, which shall be starting quickly. The spokesman outlined that as a sustainable marketing strategy feeding into the manufacturing of extra sustainable luxurious automobiles.
Bentley’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid fashions are being dealing with by the inner combustion engine crew since they’re constructed on the present platforms, however a definite EV crew is engaged on the electrical fashions. These are promised to return at a one-per-year cadence beginning in 2025 till your entire portfolio is inspired in 2030. It’s laborious to think about the Bentayga EWB might be smoother, quieter or a extra highly effective driving machine, however an electrical powertrain simply is likely to be the ticket.
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