Get set for a stampede of ultraluxury off-road vehicles from Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Maserati and Bentley. The Bentley Bentayga is the first to arrive next spring. What does a superluxe SUV feel like? Here are a few impressions from a media drive in Marbella, Spain.
"We're not sure it's exactly fun slamming a Bentayga through slow curves and switchbacks, but it's stunning to anyone who remembers driving a 1980s Chevy Suburban -- or even a 2015. The active anti-roll bars keep close to three tons of tall Bentley bizarrely level and stable as lateral g increases."
"On the freeway the Bentayga feels stupid fast, barreling past 100 mph like a freight train. On a winding switchback it will easily humble a Range Rover, and probably humiliate a Porsche Cayenne Turbo."
-- Motor Trend
"It takes, says Bentley, 130 hours for 53 artisans to handcraft each Bentayga, and the quality of the workmanship -- from the stitching to the leather to the shimmering veneer to the chocolatey hides -- is unsurpassed."
-- Top Gear
"No part of the Bentayga experience is jarring. Customers will simply call it 'fast.'"
"The personalization specialists ... are bound to tempt Mr. and Mrs. Millionaire with such debatable must-haves as a lavish picnic-hamper set, the carbon-fiber-intensive styling specification, and the anodized demi-black brightwork kit that gives the Bentayga a distinct Batmobile touch."