The first Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the automaker’s production facility in Crewe, UK, four years after the initial concept came up. The deliveries of the crossover will commence in January 2016. The Bentayga is part of Bentley’s £840 million investment programme and the first one has been finished in Anthracite colour after 130 hours of being handcrafted.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley Bentayga will be the benchmark against which all other SUVs are measured, defining a new segment – the luxury SUV.”
He further added: “This car is a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best, not only reinforcing our commitment to industry in this country, job creation and significant investment, but to our home in Crewe. This is an important moment in our history, where we reflect and celebrate, but also look ahead to delivering this extraordinary car to our customers.”
During the assembly process, the SUV passed through a new bodystore, a new paint shop and a new assembly line – all part of the company’s mammoth investment.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron commented: “I am delighted that the first Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the production line in Crewe. It marks the culmination of a period of exceptional hard work by Bentley and its dedicated workforce as they brought this remarkable new vehicle to market.
“The Bentayga represents an ambitious £800 million investment into the Crewe factory backed by £9.5 million from the Regional Growth Fund. It has created hundreds of valuable skilled jobs for the area and secured the future of production onsite.”
Powering the Bentley Bentayga is the Volkswagen Group’s brand new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine delivering 600 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. This makes for a sprint to 96 km/h in just 4 seconds as well as a top speed of 301 km/h, making it quite comfortably the world’s fastest SUV.