The 190-MPH Bentley Bentayga Speed Is Now World's Fastest Production SUV

Bentley's new SUV is just 0.6 mph faster than the Lamborghini Urus, the previous world record holder.
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British luxury automaker Bentley has an impressive new honor to crow about: its 2020 Bentayga has been crowned the "world's fastest production SUV."

The Bentayga, which Maxim recently took off-roading through Iceland, has apparently dethroned the Lamborghini Urus, although the actual speed difference is barely perceptible. 

Road and Track reports that the Bentayga Speed's top speed is 190.1 mph, which is precisely .6 mph faster than the Urus. Not  exactly a definitive victory, but sounds like Bentley is happy to claim the honor, points out R&T: 

Now, you might think a 0.6-mph difference is meaningless, but apparently Bentley doesn't. The British automaker is gleefully calling the Bentayga Speed the "world's fastest production SUV."

It's especially silly when you recall that Bentley and Lamborghini are both owned by Volkswagen Group—and the Bentayga and Urus share a platform. Seems there's a bit of sibling rivalry at play here.

You also can't help but wonder how long the Bentayga Speed's record will hold. After all, Lamborghini will probably bring out a hotter Urus at some point, and Aston Martin and Ferrari are working on SUVs, too.

We also know that yet another challenger from within the VW group is coming in the form of a 680-hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid. It's only a matter of time before we see a 200-mph utility vehicle.

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It's also worth mentioning that the 641-horsepower Urus' 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 can shoot the luxe bruiser to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. 

Bentley says the revised 6.0-liter W12 produces 626 horsepower and a slower 3.9-second 0-to-60 mph time. 

This is all to say that the Urus would probably have an edge on a track.   

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But the Bentayga Speed might have the Urus beat in the luxury department. 

Bentley has further details: 

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Bentayga Speed introduces a new colour split interior, specifically designed to highlight unique styling lines. Key to this is the use of Alcantara trim in a Bentayga for the first time.

Alcantara is a highly tactile cloth that is often the preserve of high-performance cars – it has previously been used by Bentley on models such as the Continental Supersports.

The styling lines are highlighted by elegantly crafted ‘swooshes’ around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console. Contrast stitching is available on all Bentaygas. In the Speed, this is extended to include the diamond quilting on the cushion bolsters, at the top of the backrest, on the door pads and on the backboard of any Speed specified with four seats instead of five.

While Bentayga customers have the option of the Bentley wings embroidered at the top of the seat backrests, on the new Speed models these have been replaced with the word ‘Speed’, in either blind or contrast stitching. A metal Speed badge adorns the passenger side fascia, while an illuminated Speed treadplate welcomes passengers into the truly luxurious cabin.

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Other standard features include an electronic differential lock and eight different drive modes. A number of optional upgrades are also available, including carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber paneling, rear seat entertainment, mood lighting, and massaging front seats. 

Prices will likely be revealed with the Bentley Bentayga Speed makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Motor 1 estimates that it'll be upwards of $230,000—$30,000 more than the Urus. 

Which super-SUV would you choose?