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First ever diesel Bentley becomes reality


Bentley has revealed details of its first ever diesel powered vehicle set for local introduction early next year.

Unveiled earlier this year as the marque's first ever SUV in its 97-year history, the Bentayga adopts a brand new tri-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 diesel for a total output of 320 kW and a mammoth 900 N.m of torque, the latter available from as low as 1 000 rpm.

Mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, the Bentayga Diesel is said to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a mere 4.8 secs, before topping out at 270 km/h. Despite its bulk and performance potential, Bentley claims the Bentayga Diesel will travel over 1 000 km on single tank, with emissions being a "class-leading" 210 g/km.

The Diesel is likely to feature the same range options and trim as the standard Bentayga W12, with the only external differences being a Diesel V8 badge at the base of the front doors, and twin-quad exhausts at the rear.

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