Bentley Bentayga breaks SUV record at 2018 Pikes Peak

Volkswagen Pike Peak

Speaking after the event, Romain Dumas declared: "That everything ran so smoothly is an incredible feeling, and the new record on Pikes Peak is the icing on the cake".

That's not enough to challenge parent company Volkswagen's record-breaking I.D. Its tyres were selected from Pirelli's DOT-marked range, and a production-specification Akrapovic sports exhaust was fitted, but in every other way record-setting vehicle was a standard production model.

Volkswagen Group had a good year at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Only 10 units of the Pikes Peak Bentayga will be made and sold globally. And to help this yellow-green beast breathe better, the Bentayga got a production-specification Akrapovic exhaust upgrade, and the list of other modifications including Pirelli's stickiest DOT-approved tires, racing seats, a roll cage and a fire suppression system. The special edition model is finished in Deep Beluga Black or Radium colour along with 22 inch alloy wheels and all chrome finishes are replaced by black colour for sporty look.

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Save for a few safety and racing modifications, such as a roll cage, racing seats, and a fire suppression system (the rear seats were also removed, and a production-spec Apkrapovic exhaust was fitted), the Bentayga racer is almost identical to the Bentayga Pikes Peak edition. Subtle Pikes Peak motifs are seen on the front fenders. The steering wheel and gear lever are also trimmed in Alcantara, and the headlining is technical Eliade cloth. Pikes Peak logos can be found on the cabin's carbon fiber fascias, too, and a numbered plate signifies the SUV's limited-edition status.

The result? Six hundred horsepower and 663 foot-pounds of torque (at sea level), sent to ZF's eight speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive.

Adaptive air suspension and Bentley's unique and world-first 48V electric active anti-roll control system (Bentley Dynamic Ride) ensure the flawless balance between refined ride comfort and optimum body control.

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