Bentley claims Pikes Peak victory in production SUV class

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The Bentley Bentayga has set a new production sport utility record at Pikes Peak.

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak electric race vehicle, driven by Frenchman Romain Dumas, was the first auto ever to complete the 12.42 mile, 156-turn race up Pikes Peak in under 8 minutes.

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The SUV did run some of the factory options, such as the Bentley Sports Exhaust by Akrapovic and Touring Specification, along with the Mulliner Design Colour Split package for the interior with Key Lime and Beluga leather.

The Bentley Bentayga has claimed a new record for production SUVs at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Bentayga was driven by two time world champion Rhys Millen and Bentley completed the hill climb in just 10 minutes and 49.9 sec which is nearly two seconds faster than Range Rover Sport at an average speed of 107 kmph around the course.

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Only 10 units of the Pikes Peak Bentayga will be made and sold globally.

Understandably, Bentley want to shout about the Bentayga's achievement, so they've announced a new limited edition Bentayga - the Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak. In every other way, the Pikes Peak auto is a standard Bentayga, finished in eye-catching Radium Satin paintwork accented by the all-black chrome and carbon fibre body kit provided by Bentley's Black Specification. An additional carbon fibre package adds a front splitter, side skirts and a rear diffuser and spoiler in the lightweight material. A Pikes Peak logo has been added to the carbon fiber fascias and numbered Pikes Peak tread plates. All exterior chrome has been swapped for gloss black as part of the exterior black pack, and there's a "subtle" Pikes Peak graphic on the front fenders. The steering wheel and gear lever are also trimmed in Alcantara, and the headlining is technical Eliade cloth.

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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. Inside, a roll cage is installed to protect Millen, along with a fire extinguisher system, and a racing bucket seat with harness seat belts.