It is a historic day for Bentley, who unveiled its first diesel vehicle: the new Bentayga Diesel, a true performance SUV, that was announced as the fastest diesel SUV.

The heart of the new Bentayga diesel is a triple-charged, 4.0-litre, 32-valve V8 engine. Developing 429 bhp and 900 Nm of torque, available from very early in the rev range (just 1,000 rpm). The Bentayga Diesel hits a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds).

And there is more to that also: with a top speed of 270 km/h, Bentayga is the fastest diesel SUV on the plant. At least fo the moment. 

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New clean technology gives the Bentayga Diesel the lowest CO2 emissions of any Bentley, as well as a range of over 1,000 km (621 miles). Combined with Bentley’s stop-start system there are CO2 emissions of just 210 g/km.

In terms of design there are not so much differences compared to the petrol version. A V8 Diesel badge is embedded on the lower front door edge, complemented by a new Bentley ‘twin-quad’ exhaust tailpipe design, which provide a reminder of the new engine specification. 

Further distinctive external styling cues include a bold, black matrix grille with chrome surround and central bar, which serves as a signature for the powertrain that lies behind. A new optional Mulliner Driving Specification 21 inch wheel, available in a silver or grey painted finish (the latter with machined accents to the spoke and rim), can be specified, with a 20 inch ten-spoke alloy wheel offered as standard.

Customer deliveries will begin in Europe early next year, with entry into Russia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan planned across the rest of 2017.