2022 Bentley Bentayga S is the sportiest version of the super luxury SUV yet

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The 2022 Bentley Bentayga S combines dark exterior accents with new dynamic capability.

Following a mid-generation facelift, Bentley is upping the ante once again on its popular Bentayga SUV. This time, the change comes in the form of a new model – Bentayga S – that is designed to be the sportiest offering in the crossover’s lineup. This is the first time an “S” version of the Bentayga has been offered.

Its sport-tuned abilities come courtesy of standard Bentley Dynamic Ride, an anti-roll technology that plays with the model’s 15 percent increase in damping in Sport mode to deliver a more engaging drive mode. The automaker has retuned the brakes for the car. It now lightly brakes the inside rear wheel at corner entry to sharpen the front axle turn-in.

The model continues to have four drive modes (Snow and Wet Grass, Dirt and Gravel, Mud and Trail, and Sand) and continues to be able to ford up to 500 mm of water.

The Bentayga S rides on standard 22-inch wheels in the buyer’s choice of one of three finishes while a larger-than-traditional spoiler takes up room out back. Black exterior accents give the Bentley a unique look while a newly designed, free-flowing sports exhaust provides a robust sound out the rear of the car. Gloss black side sills and front and rear lower bumpers work with dark tinted head and taillight lenses, black door mirrors, and black split-oval tailpipes complete the look.

Powering the auto is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that gets 542 brake horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The power plant moves the car from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds with the accelerator at the floor and it has a top speed of 180 mph.

Bentyaga S’s cabin has new seats, unique stitching, a fresh color split, and Alcantara upholstery. “S” badging can be found on the passenger fascia, instrument panel graphics, and illuminated treadplates.

Buyers can get the car in a four-, five- or seven-seat configuration. The seats are fluted with stitching contrasting and complementing the hide color.

In front of the driver is a fully digital instrument cluster that was designed to be reminiscent of high-end chronographs. Drivers can customize the look of the display.

Pricing for the model has yet to be released, but is expected to be a premium on the current Bentayga starting MSRP of around $166,000.

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

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