Bentley Bentayga V8 Design Series announced

April 5, 2019

Looking for the ultimate cross country tourer? Bentley has something to offer. Introducing the Bentayga V8 Design Series, which comes lavishly appointed with thanks to some Mulliner specifications.

The special Design Series pack is put together using a range of exterior and interior options otherwise offered on the regular Bentayga, and some features from the bespoke Mulliner catalogue.

Taking a look at the exterior you’ll probably spot the exquisite Paragon seven-spoke wheels finished in dark metallic Palladium Grey complete with a Mulliner self-levelling wheel badge in the centre. There’s also body coloured trimmings around the front end, and gloss black exhaust outlets as part of the Bentayga Blackline package.

Being a Bentley though, the real opulence is found inside the cabin. There you’ll find an all-new carbon fibre weave trim for the dash and doors, featuring a detailed diamond quilted pattern and highlighted with a gloss coat. Some piano black highlights are applied to the console and dash fascia, matching other dark tones of the decor.

Passengers are also treated with new duotone options, with either Pillar Box Red, Orange, Mulliner White, or Klein Blue, paired with Beluga leather. This contrasting theme is a first for the Bentayga. It also comes with duotone seat centres that are perforated front and rear.

Based on the Bentayga V8, power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that majestically belts out 405kW and 770Nm. This propels the land yacht from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and onto a top speed of 290km/h. If you’re wondering, the average fuel consumption is stamped at 13L/100km.

Like all Bentaygas, this Design Series comes with all-wheel drive, and it includes an electronic differential lock, while the driver can toggle through four Drive Dynamic modes. The sportiest mode firms up the suspension and enhances the exhaust character.

The Design Series is available as a package now, priced from $74,195.55. That’s before the cost of the Bentayga V8, which starts from $334,700 (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.