If you have been waiting for the day that the SUV market lost its mind before pulling the trigger on one for yourself, your patience has been rewarded. British automaker Bentley has recently released (read: unleashed) the world’s first super luxury SUV. It comes with a long list of superlatives: fastest, most lavishly appointed and, with a base sticker price hovering around $250,000, the most expensive.
What’s She Got Under the Hood?
The Bentayga is powered by a 12 cylinder, 600 horsepower, twin turbo engine. It’s this beast that earns the SUV its “fastest” accolade. During a test performed on an unrestricted German motorway, the Bentayga topped out at a heart-racing 187 mph. According to the company website, their SUV can also move from 0-60 in a mere 4 seconds.
For those more interested in options than performance, Bentley delivers here, too. There are enough personalization options available that it is possible that the company will never make two Bentaygas alike. For the interior, buyers can choose from 15 colors of leather and carpeting. There are also five different duo-tone patterns, exponentially increasing the number of possible variations.
Moving to the exterior, consumers can choose from a palette of 17 standard or over 100 custom paint colors. These, too, can be used for the whole body or can be mixed and matched into 12 duo-color schemes. Run that math, and you’ll find a number bigger than the number of dollars it will cost you to get one.
Don’t Answer Yet, There’s More
The Bentayga also offers option packages tailored to enthusiasts of certain pursuits. Say, for instance, that you are a fly fisherman. Imagine how convenient it would be to have a Burr Walnut veneered drawer with a fly-tying vice built in? A saddle leather wrapped wooden trunk lined in neoprene for storing your waders and boots? Four reel cases, machined from solid aluminum, trimmed in leather with linen cross-stitching. And, of course, you wouldn’t forget an electronic dehumidifier to dry everything out on the way home.
If falconry is more your speed, feel free to choose this trim package that features a removable transportation perch and tether. The integrated master flight station sits atop a cork fabric trunk protector and provides storage for all your birding goodies. You know, binoculars, GPS bird tracker, little leather bird blinders, those things you are now stupidly forced to throw in your glove compartment when you take your falcon out for a drive.
If You Want to Play Make Believe
This is but a taste of the available options and upgrades. Consumers are also given the opportunity to add a Breitling clock to the dash of their new Bentayga for the low, low price of $160,000! I’m not sure there was ever a time in my life when I needed to know what time it was quite that badly.
If you want to have a little fun and get a taste of burdensome decisions faced by the ridiculously wealthy, you can build your own Bentayga with help from the Bentley Configurator. Playing with the Configurator will either amuse you, make you jealous or make you feel sorry for how hard it must be for rich people to figure out what to drive.