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The Bentley Bentayga Diesel is the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury diesel SUV. — Handout via AFPThe Bentley Bentayga Diesel is the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury diesel SUV. — Handout via AFPLONDON, Sept 22 — Proving that a diesel engine can be an object of desire, Bentley yesterday unveiled its first ever production car without a gasoline engine.

However, it’s not any old production car, it’s the epically exclusive Bentayga SUV and it’s not any old diesel. It’s a triple charged 429bhp V8, and when the two come together the result is the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury diesel SUV — 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, a top speed of 270km/h and a whopping 900Nm of torque.

“The Bentayga Diesel represents a moment of immense significance in Bentley’s history, by giving the world its fastest luxury diesel SUV. Immense power, grand touring capabilities and superb refinement — this is a true Bentley,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s chairman and chief executive.

Inside the Bentley Bentayga Diesel. — Handout via AFPInside the Bentley Bentayga Diesel. — Handout via AFPTo deliver these impressive figures plus a fuel economy of 7.9l/100km (uncharted territory for a Bentley) the engine uses the same technology found in the latest Audi Q7S sports SUV.

The powerplant has two variable-geometry, twin-scroll turbochargers that function like standard turbos found on all cars — i.e., via exhaust gases passed through an intercooler. But added to that is a third electronically powered supercharger that spins up within 30 microseconds regardless of exhaust gases to force more air into the block and cut out any turbo lag. As such it works like a very mild hybrid.

What’s more with a diesel rather than gasoline engine under the hood, the car’s range is significantly greater. Bentley says you can drive the Bentayga Diesel from London to Verbier or Bordeaux on a single tank.

Customer deliveries of the Bentley Bentayga Diesel will start in early 2017. — Handout via AFPCustomer deliveries of the Bentley Bentayga Diesel will start in early 2017. — Handout via AFPTo mark out the new model from its W12 gas-powered sibling, this Bentayga gets a unique radiator grille treatment and tail pipe arrangement as standard while options exclusive to the diesel include new Mulliner-designed 21-inch alloy wheels.

However, the cabin is exactly as luxurious and open to bespoke treatment as any Bentley currently in production. For instance it can be specified with a Mulliner Hamper set with an integrated refrigerator, a set of crystal glasses and Linley china crockery. And in terms of trim, a new Liquid Amber finished veneer has been developed to coincide with the new model’s launch.

The order books opened yesterday and Bentley says that customer deliveries to European clients will start in early 2017. — AFP-Relaxnews

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