Despite the fact that they are now owned by a German automotive group, Bentley still remains a quintessentially British brand. The luxury automaker is based in Crewe, England, and still produces its vehicles in the same small railway town.
Bentley’s most recent new vehicle, the Bentayga, will also be made in Crewe, and it’s unmistakably Bentley (and thus unmistakably British) styling caught the eye of one particularly important member of UK parliament.
Bentley spokesman Michael Winkler told Bloomberg that Queen Elizabeth II recently drove a Bentley Bentayga prototype and decided to buy one to use for hunting expeditions on her property in Scotland. Eventually Bentley will produce 5,000 Bentaygas a year, however the Queen will receive one of the initial 3,500 units to be produced in the first model year. You really thought she was going to wait?
The Bentayga will be available with a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine from launch, producing 600 horsepower and capable of propelling the luxury SUV from 0-60 mph in 4.0-seconds. Let’s hope the Queen’s driver is the one carting her around in the high-performance crossover and she doesn’t sneak out at night and see what the Bentayga can really do.