Opulent Drive
    Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 803 Date : Friday, August 12, 2016 - 07:10:45

    Courtesy of Bentley

    The Bentley Bentayga is the first of its kind in the world—an SUV that combines the best of luxury and performance. Its luxury features are all one expects from the Bentley brand, while in performance, it boasts being the fastest and the most powerful SUV currently in production. It is able to sprint from a dead stop to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, for a car weighing almost 2.5 tonnes, it’s half a second faster than a base model Porsche 911.

    It is able to pull off this feat thanks to a six liter W12 engine enhanced with twin turbos that generates a peak power of 600 horsepower and a whooping pulling power of 900Nm starting from a mere 1,350 rpm. With the car, the brand pioneered into a whole new automotive segment, a move that will be followed by the likes of Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini in the near future.

    ForbesLife Indonesia was one of just two media from Indonesia that got the chance to test drive the Bentayga in the Pit area of the Singapore F1 circuit last May. The pit area and a fraction of the circuit were converted into a short test track for acceleration and braking, a slalom run, and medium speed cornering.

    Testing the Bentayga acceleration power in the straight was an exhilarating experience. The thrusting power of the car was remarkable, the force pushes one into the back of the seat and the car front end was even lifted because of the immense power, like a hot rod on a drag strip. The braking power was also adequate, as it is able to stop immediately after reaching around 100 km/h yet remain maneuverable under heavy braking. Taking the slalom and the medium speed corner, the Bentayga also showcased one of its other fortes: handling.

    The big car has sharp handling, especially in sports mode. Thanks to the smart technology of its suspension, it is the first SUV in the world to use an electric roll control that allows the car to instantly counteract the lateral rolling force when cornering. Conventional anti-roll bars compromise between handling and ride comfort, while the active system allows the Bentayga to have the best of both worlds. A dedicated control computer detects wheel inputs and instantaneously adjusts the position of the front and rear roll bars for comfort, performance, or even off-road driving.

    Being an SUV means the Bentayga is maybe not the most streamlined car out there—and that’s the point. It is the most muscular Bentley ever built, with strong body lines to evoke its tough characteristics from front to rear. In the front the Bentley’s signature chrome grill already screams luxury and it’s complemented with the brand’s distinctive four floating LED headlights.