Bentley has always been known for producing luxurious passenger cars but in recent years, its portfolio has been evolving to introduce powerful rides that promise performance and driveability. And at the recently concluded Bentley Dynamic Driving Experience, we got to put its current line-up to the test. Taking the all-new Bentayga, Flying Spur and Continental GT to the track, we put each of the cars through a series of drive performance tests, such as acceleration, braking and slalom. Here's our verdict.
The Bentley Dynamic Driving Experience marks the official launch of the Brit luxury automaker's entrance into the ever-growing SUV segment. First thing you feel as you step on the accelerator is how light the car feels, even though its a heftier 2,440kg. And though it is an SUV, it still has all the makings you know of a Bentley — luxurious and spacious interiors, as well as robust performance. This ride is fitted with a six-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine that roars magnificently. On the track, its acceleration feels amazing as it produces 600bhp of power and 900Nm of torque, so going from naught to 100km/h is done in 4.1 seconds. When it comes to the slalom, this seemingly clunky vehicle is anything but. It moves smoothly right along because of its superior all-wheel traction and it proves just how agile it can be. Top speed? A whopping 301km/h.
Bentley Continental GT V8
The Brit car brand may have taken a slice of the SUV pie, but that doesn't mean it has forgotten about its more established models. One of them is the Continental GT, which underwent a refresher just last year to offer more bang for its buck. With the V8 version that we took on the track, the gran tourer's four-litre twin turbocharged powertrain delivers 500bhp of power and 660Nm of torque. Simply mash the accelerator and you'll feel the car's power surge that's sure to get your adrenaline pumping, while its braking power is wonderfully responsive. Hitting 100km/h is done in under five seconds. Zigzagging on the track also puts this car's agility to the test — and we assure you, it passed with flying colours.
Bentley Flying Spur
This V8-powered sedan is the most luxurious of the three, but it also promises unadulterated performance. Drive-wise, the Flying Spur produces the same amount of power and torque as the Continental GT V8, fitted with the same four-litre twin turbocharged engine. While the car is just as comfortable to drive as the others, however, it feels the heaviest (it's actually lighter than the Bentayga's 2,425kg) of the three to maneouvre on the track, though still proving its commendable agility on the slalom. With the century sprint, the Flying Spur completes it at the slowest (but still impressive) time of 5.2 seconds.