What’s a much bigger automotive flex than shopping for a luxurious automotive to drive round? Plunking down upwards of $300K and by no means sitting behind the wheel. Enter the 2023 Bentley Bentayga Prolonged Wheelbase—the form of car that’ll make your chauffeur the envy of each different driver on billionaires’ row.
At a preview in London in late February, we had the prospect to examine the brand new Bentayga up-close. Our first impression: The EWB goes to be an immediate should for these hyper-affluent sorts who both hate driving or simply need much more area.
The Lap of Luxurious
As a “non secular” substitute to Bentley’s Mulsanne (the model’s now discontinued, limo-like sedan), the great of us in Crewe have taken their hottest mannequin and stretched it somewhat over seven inches to provide the rear seats extra room. The purpose right here is to create the poshest rear cabin expertise discovered on 4 wheels.
Prospects can select between two and three rear seats or the optionally available “airline” configuration that affords passengers an expertise akin to flying in a non-public jet—with which we’re certain a lot of the model’s clientele is acquainted.
These seats function 22-way adjustment, and recline to 40 levels in calm down mode. A foot relaxation emerges from the passenger seat for added consolation. The configuration additionally provide a “enterprise” mode for many who need to get some work finished on the go.
Bentley has additionally integrated a set of wellness options which incorporates expertise that detects the temperature of the passenger and the seat’s floor humidity, after which figures out whether or not it ought to add warmth, air flow or each to realize “optimum thermal well-being.” If that weren’t sufficient (and one with the means can by no means have sufficient luxurious), the massaging seats additionally deploy a postural adjustment system that routinely alters the seating place utilizing 177 strain modifications to attenuate the influence of prolonged journeys on the physique.
On the Exterior
To the unfamiliar eye, the additional size is barely perceptible because the EWB’s exterior is sort of much like an ordinary Bentayga, however there are some key variations. The EWB will get a brand new entrance grille and polished 22” 10-spoke wheels to assist distinguish it from its little sibling.
Luxurious is within the Particulars
From handcrafted wooden paneling and inlays, the best seating surfaces and colours, plus paints that may be matched to almost any pattern one may present, Bentley affords an virtually unfathomable 24 billion trim mixtures alone. So consumers shouldn’t have any downside customizing a extremely personalised Bentayga EWB.
The rear seating space options “waterfall illumination” to subtly mild the cabin in addition to LED lights that shine by way of perforations within the door panels in a trademark diamond sample. It’s the form of next-level consideration to element that leaves you marveling at each the creativeness and the craftsmanship.
When the EWB goes on sale (round This autumn of 2022), Bentley will provide two even additional elevated specs. The classically styled Azure will get distinctive 22-inch, ten-spoke wheels, vibrant decrease bumper grilles, in addition to Azure embroidery and badging. Rounding out the spec, Bentley has included quilted seats particular to the spec, temper lighting, a heated steering wheel, and an enhanced driver’s help package deal.
The First Version, which can be out there for the primary yr of manufacturing, kicks up the opulence another notch. This package deal comes with metallic overlays within the veneer, First Version particular embroidery, inlays and badging, in addition to a Naim for the Bentley Premium Audio system (one of many most interesting we’ve ever skilled)—plus LED welcome lamps.
Energy and Efficiency
For a car designed round a lavish passenger expertise, the Bentayga EWB can nonetheless transfer. The 542-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed computerized transmission will get the behemoth from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and attain a prime pace of 180mph—although going that quick most likely diminishes the consolation degree. Normal electrical all-wheel steering ought to decrease the influence of the rise in measurement at each excessive speeds and when maneuvering in a driveway or car parking zone.
The Extravagance is the Level
Bentley estimates the EWB will signify 45% of all Bentaygas offered when it hits markets late this yr. That’s an unimaginable quantity of demand for a car that has but to launch, however we’ve got little doubt Bentley understands its prospects. They merely need one of the best.
Pricing has but to be introduced however the Mulsanne it’s changing had a sticker over $300,000. It’s most likely a secure guess the Bentayga EWB will land someplace on this quite unique ballpark. Backside line: This isn’t a car for normal of us; it’s for the one p.c of the one p.c.
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