Going fast was never really a problem for the Bentley Bentayga Speed.

    With 467kW of power and 900Nm of torque from its turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine, the most powerful Bentley SUV was capable of hitting 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and topped out at 306km/h given a long enough stretch of road when it was launched in 2016.

    Those figures haven’t changed for 2020. After all, speed was never the problem with Bentley’s biggest, baddest family hauler.

    Rather than messing with what worked, Bentley has set about cleaning up the exterior, updating the cabin, and sharpening the chassis on its most powerful SUV.

    The 2021 Bentayga Speed wears the same face as its less powerful brethren, headlined by new headlights and tail lights, revised body detailing, and fresh bumpers. The changes sound small, but make for a much more cohesive SUV than its slightly bloated predecessor.

    The Speed rides on unique 22-inch wheels, features tinted lights, and has its own bumper designs compared to the regular Bentayga line-up.

    Owners who want to take things further can opt for a black pack, dubbed Black Specification to maintain the air of aristocracy the aristocratic heirs buying Bentleys demand. It replaces the chrome brightwork with gloss black and carbon fibre, right down to the rear spoiler.

    Inside, the old infotainment system has been replaced from the more modern setup from the Continental GT. A central 10.9-inch touchscreen is the nerve centre, backed by a fully-digital driver display and more capable head-up display.

    There’s wireless Apple CarPlay for 2021, along with a wider range of remote connected car services through the My Bentley application.

    The leather used throughout the cabin is offered in a unique colour split, backed by a new contrast stitching design as standard on the quilted leather seats. Along with speed, luxury has never been in short supply when it comes to the Bentayga.

    Timing for the Bentayga Speed hasn’t been confirmed, but initial deliveries of the wider Bentayga range will start in Australia early in 2021.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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