Bentley Bentayga V8 arrives with 542 horsepower

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In comparison, the W-12-powered Bentayga has 600 hp and 664 lb-ft on tap, which is enough for 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 187. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic and hustles the big SUV to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and to a top speed of 180 miles per hour.

The Bentley Bentayga SUV gets a 4.0 litre V8 with 542bhp as the Bentayga V8 arrives to offer a more "affordable" entry-level alternative to the W12 Bentayga.

Coming with adaptive cruise control, predictive cruise control - which uses the sat-nav, Global Positioning System and traffic data to suggest the correct speed - and traffic assist, the Bentayga V8 is built to take on long distances. According to the automaker, these are the largest brake discs to ever be installed in a Bentley and the largest front brake system available on any production vehicle, measuring 440 mm with ten-piston calipers at the front and 370 mm at the back. The optional front ceramic brakes are the largest ones fitted to a production auto in the form of 440mm discs featuring 10-piston callipers.The rear brakes measure in at a smaller 370mm.

Speaking of wheels, the Bentayga will be available with a choice of 11 wheels designs (no, you can't mix and match), including a new 22-inch design finished in black with a polished finish.

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If the Bentayga V8's lavish trim options don't impress, its tech-packed cockpit might. It inherits the quad exhaust from the TDI, and can be specified with optional carbon ceramic brakes for the first time.

Lastly there are some new interior trim options, including a high-gloss carbon-fiber finish that replaces traditional veneer surfaces; a wood and hide steering wheel; and a new rich red leather, Cricket Ball.

The V8 Bentayga costs from £136,200 (the Bentayga Diesel is £135,800 and the W12 £167,200). Don't expect a significant change in handling characteristics, but it should still be noticeable.

USA pricing hasn't been announced yet, but in the United Kingdom the Bentayga V8 will have a starting price of about $186,000. Similarly, the V8 model is expected to land a bit south of the $230,000 starting price of the W12 model. If this carries through to other markets, it shaves off nearly $45,000 from the starting price of the W12 version (before options, which willprobably add back$45,000).