2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB stretches the bounds of luxurious

Stretched out within the again seat of a 2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB with the Airline Specification rear seat bundle, I’m snoozing in one of the best seat within the automotive world. My ft are up on a footrest, my head is nestled in a delicate pillow, and I’m being handled to the Wave therapeutic massage operate on Max depth.

Zzzzzzz…

To make sure I stay relaxed, the seat screens my physique temperature and activates seat heating and/or cooling as wanted. It inflates and deflates in a rhythm like my very own respiration: a Postural Adjustment operate makes use of six thigh, shoulder, and lumbar therapeutic massage pockets to regulate the seat form as much as 177 occasions each three hours to ease strain factors and keep away from fatigue. It’s all working fairly nicely throughout my roughly half-hour doze.

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

The Airline Specification doesn’t come customary on the brand new Bentayga EWB (Prolonged Wheelbase), however it might virtually be a disgrace not to decide on it. The extended-wheelbase physique fashion provides 7.1 inches to the Bentayga, and all of it goes to again seat area, which opens up a beneficiant 40.9 inches of rear seat leg room. Nevertheless, within the stretched out Loosen up mode, which reclines the seatback 40 levels and pushes the entrance passenger seat ahead, my 5-foot-9 body doesn’t give me fairly sufficient room to straighten my legs with out butting up in opposition to the entrance seatback.

Bentley provides the Airline Specification with the Bentayga EWB’s 4+1 or four-seat configurations. The 4+1 model has a rear middle console that may flip as much as convert to an occasional rear center seat. A five-passenger model can also be obtainable with a rear bench seat. Bentley hasn’t shared a worth for the bundle, however it should doubtless run about as a lot as a compact automobile. Then once more, a Bentley rep stated the EWB will already price about 15% greater than the roughly $190,000 Bentayga, so why not throw a Corolla on high of it?

A supremely snug again seat isn’t the one inside improve of the EWB. Each Bentayga EWB sports activities a entrance middle console that extends again for rear seat entry and features a wi-fi charging cradle. It’s additionally residence to the detachable Contact Display screen Distant that rear seat passengers can use to manage their 16- or 22-way power-adjustable seats, in addition to the local weather controls, radio and media choices, blinds, and inside lighting. The console can also be residence to buttons that activate power-closing rear doorways, a primary for Bentley.

As well as, the design of the diamond-stitched leather-based upholstery now makes use of thinner thread with a smaller, nearer sew arrayed in a brand new sample that stretches the diamonds as they transfer farther off middle. Newly obtainable Bentley Diamond Illumination sends mild by perforations within the door trim. It makes use of 12 LEDs within the entrance doorways, and 22 in rears, and the depth of the lighting may also be managed by the distant. New heated rear-door and middle armrests add a bit extra consolation on chilly days. Bentley even provides a brand new trim that embeds photo-etched metallic badges below polished lacquer.

Bentley provides the Bentayga EWB in a brand new Azure specification that can sit alongside S/Velocity and Mulliner variations for the model. Whereas S and Velocity are for sporty variants and Mulliner is the final word in personalization, Azure goals for quiet luxurious. What higher approach to go Azure than with the Airline Specification?

Within the Bentley custom, the EWB’s inside modifications are all fairly breathtaking. For my cash (would that I had a lot), Bentley crafts the best interiors available on the market. They sport a mixture of enticing design and high-quality supplies which may be matched individually however not collectively. Extra room simply means extra Bentley inside goodness.

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

Longer however simply as dynamic

It could merely be an extended Bentayga, however Bentley views the EWB as a fifth mannequin line. The leviathan sports activities 2,500 new elements in comparison with the automobile it’s based mostly on and that features a utterly new underbody pan. All of the size is within the rear doorways and rear seat. Different exterior modifications embody a brand new grille impressed by the Flying Spur sedan with chrome vertical vanes in entrance of black mesh. The EWB additionally has a brand new 22-inch wheel design and a repositioned panoramic sunroof to supply extra mild for the set-back rear seat occupants.

Nevertheless, Bentley goals to make the EWB drive like different Bentaygas by including rear-axle steering that truly makes its turning radius barely shorter than the usual wheelbase mannequin at 38.7 ft. The rear wheels flip as much as 2.5 levels reverse the fronts at decrease speeds to just about shorten the wheelbase and make the EWB extra maneuverable in tight spots.

On the highway, I can’t inform the distinction between the EWB and former Bentaygas I’ve pushed. It has the identical strong, planted, substantial really feel that skirts the border between luxurious and sportiness. The steering is direct and weighty, if maybe a tad sluggish. Regardless of 5,542 lb of weight, the large beast doesn’t lean noticeably in corners and even responds nicely to attacking the activates just a few twisty Vancouver roads Bentley has chosen for the media drive. That’s thanks to straightforward lively anti-roll bars that agency up in corners to fight lean and disconnect on the straights for greatest consolation.

Bentley additionally outfits the Bentayga EWB with a typical three-chamber air suspension and adaptive dampers. With these 22s, the trip is agency however forgiving, even in Sport mode.

A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 turns the Bentayga EWB’s appreciable weight into pressing ahead momentum. The engine, shared with the likes of Porsche and Audi, makes 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, pushing the Bentayga EWB from 0-60 mph in simply 4.5 seconds on the way in which to a high velocity of 180 mph. So far no hybrid or W-12 are supplied, and the W-12 is not anticipated to make it into the Bentayga EWB besides maybe in a limited-run mannequin.

The V-8 can rumble and bellow in different functions, however right here it’s reserved, solely elevating its voice when pushed arduous. It in any other case fades into the background, as do the graceful shifts from the 8-speed dual-clutch automated. A mode selector has Consolation, Bentley, Sport, and Customized drive modes for the road. Throughout my drive, I stick largely to Sport to get one of the best engine response with out paying too massive a penalty in trip high quality.

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB

Bentley payments the Bentayga because the all-around luxurious SUV with one of the best breadth of functionality. It definitely has the ability, consolation, and luxurious coated, and the air suspension and drive modes contribute to off-road functionality, too. The air suspension provides the Bentayga EWB a typical floor clearance of seven.9 inches, however the off-road modes can increase that as much as 9.7 inches to clear off-road obstacles.

The off-road modes include Snow & Grass, Dust & Gravel, Mud & Path, and Sand Dunes, and every adjusts the usual all-wheel-drive system, throttle, and traction and stability management to work greatest in that kind of terrain.

A drive across the ski leap space at Whistler Olympic Park confirmed the Bentayga EWB can deal with going up and down steep gravel trails, however the usual Pirelli Scorpion tires received’t have sufficient grip for difficult mud and the longer wheelbase will forestall entry to tighter tree-lined trails. That’s definitely as a lot functionality as this automobile wants, although. Go away the more durable stuff for off-roaders costing 1 / 4 of the worth or much less.

The 2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB makes an enormous, luxurious automobile even greater and extra luxurious. It actually does increase the Bentayga’s already spectacular all-around functionality for anybody who will get behind the wheel. Nevertheless, one of the best place to be on this automobile will typically be the again seat. It’s a superb place to get some Zs.

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