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  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line open for booking – sportier look, DCC, RM200k to RM210k estimated

    Alongside the launch of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and Arteon, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is also previewing the Passat R-Line at 1 Utama today. The new variant gives the D-segment sedan a more athletic look while keeping the same engine and much of the kit of the base Elegance model.

    The car is now open for booking with estimated pricing of between RM200,000 and RM210,000, neatly slotting into the empty space between the RM182,879 Elegance and the RM221,065 Arteon R-Line. Like all other Volkswagens sold in Malaysia, the Passat R-Line will come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, three years of free maintenance and five years of free roadside assistance.

    Under the bonnet lies an unchanged 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, churning out 190 PS from 4,180 to 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque between 1,500 to 4,180 rpm. All this is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.5 litres per 100 km combined on the WLTP cycle.

    The R-Line trim level adds the usual assortment of look-faster bits. There’s a far larger bone-shaped front air intake with gloss black C-shaped corners, plus deeper side skirts and a gloss black rear bumper insert with fake quad tailpipes. It rides on larger 19-inch Verona multi-spoke alloy wheels and continues to come as standard with LED head- and tail lights with sequential indicators.

    Inside, the Passat R-Line comes with a thicker flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminium pedals, black headlining and black Nappa leather upholstery with a carbon fibre-like pattern. In terms of infotainment, the car is fitted with an 11.7-inch digital instrument display, along with the range-topping Discover Pro navigation system with a 9.7-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connectivity.

    The rest of the kit list includes keyless entry, push-button start, triple-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, eight speakers and a reverse camera. Also fitted are 14-way power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory and massage, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive dampers and an XDS electronic differential lock, features not offered on the Elegance.

    Like the Elegance, the R-Line does not come with autonomous emergency braking, but it does have six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, a tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchors at the rear.

     
  • Proton X50 teased by dealer in Bintulu – launch soon?

    Here’s another appearance of what appears to be the forthcoming Proton X50, here seen partly in view behind the larger X70 positioned in front of it. The forthcoming B-segment SUV will be based on the Geely Binyue that was launched in China in 2018, and this latest teaser has surfaced from the Facebook page of a Proton dealer in Bintulu.

    Official confirmation has yet to come from Proton, though it appears that the X50 is on track for launch in the third or fourth quarter of this year. Last August, we reported that AmInvestment indicated an October 2020 arrival for the X50, which has been tipped to come to market as a CKD model.

    While social media is a vast and often, quick source of information, not everything that appears on one’s feed checks out. Rumours have ranged from the upcoming compact SUV set for launch in July, to a starting price from as low as RM50,000, which was a sum derived from a direct conversion of pricing for a base model sold in China. One has proven false, while the other is still far-fetched.

    Chatter is harmless until money starts changing hands, at which point the security of your hard-earned is no longer assured. Though some dealers and agents have been rumoured to have asked for early booking fees for a guaranteed slot at the front of the customer queue, we advise buyers not to put money down until an official announcement from Proton itself has stated that the order books are, in fact, opened. They haven’t.

    For example, the pre-launch campaign for the X70 in 2018 saw the company make an official announcement for when the order books would be open, and only then would any bookings be valid. The case remains the same for this upcoming X50, and until it is official, there’s no queue to beat. For the latest in updates regarding the Proton X50, stay tuned to paultan.org .

    GALLERY: Proton X50 spyshots

     

  • Jaguar E-Type 60 Edition – commemorative versions of the coupe and roadster, limited to six matched pairs

    Jaguar is set to build a limited number of its iconic E-Type to celebrate the sports car’s 60th anniversary, which is in March next year. The firm’s Classic Works division is coming up with six matched-pairs of the coupe and roadster, which will be known as the E-Type 60 Edition.

    Each E-Type 60 Edition will be styled along the same lines as the oldest and most famous examples, the Opalescent Gunmetal Grey fixed-head coupe registered ‘9600 HP’ and the British Racing Green ’77 RW’ roadster that gave the E-Type its debut in Geneva nearly six decades ago.

    The commemorative examples will feature new, unique paint formulations reserved specially for them – in the case of the ‘9600 HP’ coupe, the colour is called Flat Out Grey, while the ’77 RW’ roadster will come finished in Drop Everything Green.

    Each 60 Edition example will be built from an existing 1960s 3.8 litre E-Type, fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification. The cars will feature a number of commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar design director Julian Thomson. The cars are available for order, and while no pricing has been indicated, .

     
  • 2020 Kia Stinger facelift revealed before market launch

    More than three years after its initial debut, the Kia Stinger has now received its first facelift, with the Korean carmaker releasing the first photos of the refreshed fastback. Set to go on sale in Korea during the third quarter of 2020 before making its way to other markets, the company is only treating us to the new visuals, with other details like powertrains and technologies to be revealed later on.

    At first glance, it’s hard to see what the fuss is all about, but Kia assures us that there changes that have been done. For instance, the LED headlamps have been altered to sport a new design and LED daytime running lights, while appearing “darker and sleeker with the lights out.”

    More noticeable is the new taillight arrangement around back, which consists of an upper lighting signature that spans the width of the car and conforms to the shape of the subtle spoiler on the boot lid. Meanwhile, the lower turn signals mimic the “pegs” on the front, with 10 individual LED each to mimic the appearance of a chequered flag.

    For more powerful Stinger variants, there is now an option to specify larger wide-bore exhaust mufflers in a bright silver finish, along with a more purposeful rear diffuser. Kia also offers a new exterior colour, along with two new 18- and 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels with “intricate, geometric designs.”

    Other new options include a Dark Package for high-performance GT variants, which add a gloss black diffuser surround, plus black exhaust tips and “Stinger” emblem. The same package for North America also comes with 19-inch matte black wheels, a new rear wing as well as black side mirror caps and side fender trim.

    The interior, much like the exterior, remains largely unchanged from before as well. However, there are subtle improvements here and there, like a new metallic finish for the lower section of the steering wheel to match the chrome bezel that now surrounds the seven-inch fully digital instrument cluster display.

    Elsewhere, the rear-view mirror is now frameless, while new contrast stitching can be found on the dashboard and doors. The centre console also comes with aluminium or carbon-fibre trim, while the infotainment screen has been upgraded to a 10.25-inch touch-based unit, accented by a glossy black finish. Also added is a 64-colour ambient lighting system to add some luxury to the cabin.

    Depending on the market, there are a variety of new interior colour and material options too. In Korea, there will be a Dark Brown monotone interior with diamond quilted Nappa leather seats, with other global markets receiving the plush leather in Saturn Black, Red and Beige. Kia notes that there’s a Saturn Black package that sees the seats being finished in black suede with red contrast stitching in a “chain” pattern to resemble the links on a watch strap.

    As mentioned at the start, powertrain details will only be revealed at a later date, so we won’t know if the range-topping GT variant will receive a power bump for its 3.3 litre Lambda II twin-turbo V6, which currently makes 370 PS (365 hp) and 510 Nm of torque.

    Other engines that are also offered for the pre-facelift Stinger include a 2.0 litre Theta II turbo four-pot with 255 PS (252 hp) and 353 Nm as well as a 2.2 litre R-Line turbodiesel four-cylinder rated at 202 PS (199 hp) and 441 Nm. All these engines came with an eight-speed automatic, along with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

     
  • Volkswagen Arteon R-Line launched in Malaysia – 190 PS/320 Nm 2.0 litre TSI, 7-speed wet DSG, RM221,065

    It’s been more than three years since the Volkswagen Arteon was unveiled to the world, but the slinky five-door coupé has finally arrived in Malaysia. The replacement for the popular CC has been launched (alongside the Tiguan Allspace) in just a single R-Line trim level for maximum visual impact, with specs that largely mirror the Passat apart from a few changes.

    Locally-assembled in Pekan, Pahang, the Arteon is priced at RM221,065 on-the-road without insurance and the sales and service tax (SST), which is a significant premium over the RM182,879 Passat Elegance. Included in the price are a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, three years of free maintenance and five years of free roadside assistance.

    Firstly, it should be noted that the Arteon is in its original 2017 form, not the facelift that was revealed in June. Powering the car is the Passat’s 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 190 PS from 4,180 to 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque between 1,500 to 4,180 rpm. All this is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.

    The Arteon is far sleeker and more dramatic than the CC that preceded it and is quite a bit larger to boot. At the front is a louvred full-face grille that neatly integrates the headlights which, by the way, are LED units with sequential indicators. The clamshell bonnet links the lamps with the front fender appliqués along the side, while the low-slung glasshouse stretches further towards the rear of the car compared to the CC.

    Moving to the back, you’ll find slim two-piece LED tail lights (again with sequential indicators) and integrated trapezoidal tailpipes. The R-Line model gets a sportier front bumper with pronounced C-shaped accents, plus a subtle boot lid spoiler. It also rides on fetching 19-inch Montevideo turbine-style two-tone alloy wheels.

    Inside, the Arteon has a similar interior to the Passat, with a no-nonsense dashboard design that still features a central analogue clock (the facelifted Passat ditches the clock for nameplate badging). Accountrements exclusive to the R-Line are a flat-bottomed steering wheel and carbon fibre-esque Nappa leather trim. Unlike the CC, the Arteon has a powered handsfree rear hatch that opens up to reveal a 563-litre boot.

    The local model comes with an 11.7-inch digital instrument display and the range-topping Discover Pro navigation system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connectivity come as standard, as does an 11-speaker, 700-watt Dynaudio sound system.

    Other bits of kit include keyless entry, push-button start, triple-zone auto climate control, cruise control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, three-colour ambient lighting and front and rear parking sensors. The Arteon adds a couple of features not found on the Passat, which are the 360-degree camera system and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive dampers.

    Safety-wise, the Arteon does not come with autonomous emergency braking, nor the blind spot monitoring that is offered on the Passat. However, it is fitted with seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchors at the rear.

     
  • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace launched in Malaysia – 1.4 TSI Highline, 2.0 TSI R-Line 4Motion, from RM165k

    The Malaysian SUV market welcomes a new entry today. New but familiar, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a larger, three-row version of the Tiguan that we’ve known since 2017. Think of it as the Mazda CX-8 to the CX-5. Like the CX-5, VW’s Tiguan – which by the way is the VW Group’s best selling model in 2019 – isn’t really known for space, so this “Tiguan LWB” is differentiated enough.

    “The SUV segment in Malaysia has grown by 65% and we believe it will continue to drive and lead the auto market. With the addition of the two Tiguan Allspace variants, Volkswagen will be able to cater to different SUV seekers by offering them a German engineered seven-seater option, with performance that is unrivalled,” said Erik Winter, MD of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM).

    At 4,701 mm, the Tiguan Allspace is 215 mm longer than the regular second-generation Tiguan, and its 2,787 mm wheelbase is 106 mm longer. It’s not easy to spot this added length at a glance, and that’s a testament to good design – VW designed the rear doors to be longer, and raised the bonnet section above the radiator grille to achieve pleasing proportions.

    The added length is used to fit in two more seats. With all 5+2 seats erect, there’s 230 litres of storage space; not much, but fold down the third row and you’ll get a generous 700 litres (to the window line). Pull the latches on the boot wall to fold the second row seats and the cargo area grows to 1,775 litres. So, even if you don’t really need the +2 seats, the big cargo will be useful.

    Bigger body aside, the Allspace is all Tiguan. Under the hood is the familiar 1.4 litre TSI engine with 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque, available from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. The single turbo engine is mated to a six-speed DSG wet dual-clutch gearbox, and power goes to the front wheels.

    That’s the Highline 1.4 TSI. More interesting is the R-Line 2.0 TSI, which as its name suggests is more than just an R-Line kitted version of the 1.4 TSI. Brace yourselves, because there’s a 2.0 litre TSI engine with a whopping 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm. This is more than the output of the 2.0 TSI Passat and Arteon’s 190 PS/320 Nm. Power goes to all wheels (yup, 4Motion AWD is standard here) via a seven-speed wet DSG gearbox. With hot hatch stats (just 10 PS less than a Mk7.5 Golf GTI, same torque), this is the performance model in the class.

    As for kit, the Tiguan Allspace Highline comes with full LED headlamps (with LED DRLs) and tail lights, 18-inch Kingston alloys (235/55 tyres), Vienna leather seats, 12-way electric driver seat, Climatronic three-zone air con, ambient lighting, electronic parking brake with auto hold, auto lights/wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror, keyless entry with push start, and a leather steering with paddle shifters and cruise control.

    Also on are the 11.7-inch Digital Cockpit instrument panel. This colour six-view customisable screen offers a new level of personalisation with over 30 combinations options, VW says. The head unit is an 8-inch Composition Media touchscreen with reverse camera and eight speakers. Safety wise, there are six airbags, ESC, hill-hold control and a tyre pressure monitor. There’s also an electric tailgate.

    Moving on, the R-Line 2.0 TSI gets all of the above plus the R-Line styling, which includes sportier front and rear bumpers, design strips on the front side panels, dual-tip tailpipes and a rear spoiler. The overall look is accentuated with 19-inch Sebring alloys with 255/45 tyres.

    Inside, the sportier sibling gets R-Line sports front seats (also with 12-way driver’s electric adjustment and Vienna leather), R-Line steering wheel, aluminium sports pedals, front/rear aluminium scuff plates, Dark Grid inserts and a black headliner.

    Tiguan Allspace Highline 1.4 TSI top row; R-Line 2.0 TSI bottom row

    Sporty kit aside, the R-Line 2.0 TSI gets all the above Highline equipment plus a 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system. This has navi with 3D view, plug-in App Connect (Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Mirrorlink) and voice and gesture control.

    Also, to match the performance, the R-Line comes with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Mode Selection. This provides up to 15 driving style preference and four driving modes – Comfort, Normal, Individual and Off-Road. Lastly, the R-Line has Hill Descent Control when Off-Road mode is selected.

    Available in five colours – Blue Silk, Pure White, Deep Black, Platinum Grey and Pyrite Silver – the CKD locally-assembled Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is priced at RM165,000 for the Highline 1.4 TSI and RM209,575 for the R-Line 2.0 TSI. These prices are on-the-road without insurance, and with the 2020 sales tax exemption. VPCM’s new SUV is on display at 1 Utama (Oval, new wing) the whole weekend from today, along with the Passat R-Line and Arteon R-Line sedans.


    GALLERY: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace at GIIAS 2019

     
  • Mazda MX-30 mild-hybrid variant to go on sale in Japan, leasing for pure EV version later this year

    Introduced officially last October in Tokyo, the Mazda MX-30 fully electric vehicle features an electric motor rated at 141 hp and 264 Nm of torque. This draws electricity from a 33.5 kWh underfloor lithium-ion battery, supports both AC and DC charging, the latter enabling an 80% charge in 40 minutes via a CCS connection with a 50 kW output, and a range of around 209 km on the WLTP test cycle.

    Now, Mazda has announced a mild-hybrid powertrain version for the CX-30-sized SUV. Dubbed e-Skyactiv G, the powertrain combines a 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine with a mild-hybrid drive system, though Mazda has not revealed exact details for the mild-hybrid setup, such as output figures; this will go on sale in its home country in autumn, says Mazda.

    This is thought to be a setup similar, if not identical to the 24-volt configuration offered on the Skyactiv-G 2.0 litre M Hybrid powertrain that is offered on the CX-30 and the Mazda 3. A rotary engine range extender version remains on track for introduction later this year, and early reports suggest that the internal combustion part of this powertrain will come from an existing system.

    In 2013, the Japanese automaker developed a prototype Demio (Mazda 2) EV with a 330 cc, single-rotor Wankel rotary engine that produced 38 hp, and at 380 km of available range, was almost double that of the original Demio EV prototype at 200 km, which is a similar figure to that of the CX-30. If other aspects of the powertrain are similar, the same gain in range could be expected from the range-extender MX-30.

    Production of the MX-30 has commenced in May with the resumption of Mazda’s manufacturing operations globally. The MX-30 is being made at Ujina plant No. 1. This is joined by resumptions at Ujina plant No. 2 as well as both plants in Hofu, Yamaguchi. In addition to the introduction of the mild-hybrid MX-30, leasing of the fully electric version is scheduled to commence within the year, says Mazda.

    The MX-30 draws design cues from Mazda’s past and present, with rear ‘freestyle doors’ as named by Mazda, which recall the suicide doors on the RX-8. Like those on the sports car, the rear doors on the MX-30 can only be opened after the fronts. The rear end sports tail lamps styled like those on the CX-30, though with shorter extensions that link into the tailgate.

    Inside, the MX-30 gets a floating centre console arrangement that is home to the Commander Control interface for the Mazda Connect infotainment system as well as a short transmission selector. The driver gets digital instrumentation, as well as a steering wheel of the current Mazda design.

     
  • 2021 Audi S3 Sedan, Sportback debut – AMG A35 rival with 2.0L TFSI; 310 PS & 400 Nm, 0-100 in 4.8 seconds

    Fancy yourself an alternative to the Mercedes-AMG A 35 and BMW M135i xDrive? Welll, say hello to the all-new, 2021 Audi S3. As before, the S3 is available in Sportback and Sedan guises, and Audi will be rushing out deliveries as early as October this year. Prices start from around 46,000 euros (RM227k), which is also about what the A 35 costs in Europe.

    Powering the S3 is a 2.0 litre TFSI four-cylinder engine that produces 310 PS and 400 Nm. A seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard, sending drive to all wheels via the automaker’s quattro all-wheel drive (with hydraulic multi-plate clutch) system. Both do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.8 seconds and share the same Vmax cap of 250 km/h.

    Just to give you a comparison, the S3 is slightly more powerful than the AMG A35 hatch, which offers 306 PS and 400 Nm from its M260 2.0 litre four-potter. It’s quicker than the Audi though, with a century sprint time of 4.7 seconds. Meanwhile, the BMW M135i dishes out 306 PS and 450 Nm from the B48 2.0L engine, and the 0-100 km/h sprint time is tied with the S3 at 4.8 seconds.

    There are several drive modes available as standard, offering varying levels of performance and auditory experience. Suspension-wise, the standard units lower ride height by 15 mm, but the optional S sport suspension with damper control can be specified for a small fee. Audi says the spread between comfort and dynamism is wider compared to the previous S3, which should make the new car more pliable on leisurely drives and more composed at speed.

    A new electric brake booster has been fitted to provide a stronger and better sustained deceleration, while all four rotors themselves are internally ventilated. Clamping units are black, but sportier red ones can be had. Finally, rolling stock measures 18-inch as standard, although this can be upgraded to larger 19-inch hoops.

    In terms of design, the “Edition One” models you see here in Python Yellow and Tango Red are dressed with 19-inch wheels and black accents. Both share the same Singleframe grille with rhombus pattern, aluminium mirror caps, LED lights (upgradable to Matrix LED units), and four exhaust exits.

    The cabin is pretty much the same as the regular A3 Sportback and Sedan, albeit with sportier S-specific equipment. Edition One models get the newly developed Nappa leather sports seats, whereas the standard sport seats feature an upholstery that is largely made from recycled PET bottles.

    In the driver’s seat, there’s a flat-bottomed, three-spoke leather steering wheel, behind which rests a 10.25-inch digital display as standard. However, the one you really want is the Audi virtual cockpit plus, which features a 12.3-inch high-res display.

    This is matched with a centrally-mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen head unit that’s angled slightly towards the driver. Like the regular A3, it too features Audi’s MIB 3 operating system, complete with LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot functionalities. Available options include the ambient lighting package plus, coloured heads-up display, and the Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound.

    Lastly, the new S3 comes equipped with a host of safety features, including Audi pre sense front, swerve assist with turn assist, and lane departure warning as standard. Additional systems such as lane change and exit warnings, cross-traffic and park assist are available optionally. So, what do you think?

    GALLERY: 2021 Audi S3 Sedan in Tango Red

    GALLERY: 2021 Audi S3 Sportback in Python Yellow

     
  • Subaru WRX Club Spec debuts in Australia – 150 units

    The Subaru WRX Club Spec has been revealed for the Australian market, and it is yet another special edition model of the performance sedan. Limited to just 150 units, the Club Spec gets a number of sporty accessories to make it more appealing, at least until the next-generation WRX arrives.

    Costing AUD7,500 (RM22,450) more than a regular WRX, the list of enhancements includes a set of 18-inch STI alloy wheels and a matte black “Club Spec” badge at the rear. No changes under the bonnet, as there’s still a 2.0 litre turbocharged boxer four-cylinder that delivers 268 PS (264 hp) 350 Nm of torque.

    The engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT, but the Brembo brake calipers offered with the Club Spec will only be fitted if you go with the former. Inside the special edition WRX gets Recaro sport bucket seats as well as an Ultrasuede steering wheel that is typically found on the more expensive WRX STI models.

    Other items include an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system that is complemented by a subwoofer and amplifier, while more Club Spec badging serves as a reminder of the car’s exclusivity. Customers can order the Club Spec in a choice of three colours, namely WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Crystal White Pearl.

     
  • Bentley Bentayga Speed facelift debuts with 635 PS and 900 Nm – remains the fastest SUV in the world

    Here it is, the new Bentley Bentayga Speed, which still manages to retain its title of being the fastest SUV in the world. The performance-focused model comes following the debut of the facelifted Bentayga back in July this year, adopting many of the styling updates that were revealed then.

    These include restyled headlamps and taillights, along with new body panels like the bumpers, tailgate and sides. However, the Speed further distinguishes itself thanks to dark-tinted lighting units, body coloured side skirts, unique 22-inch wheels, oval-shaped exhaust finishers, a more prominent tailgate spoiler as well as unique front and rear aprons.

    Of course, the star of the show is the 6.0 litre twin-turbo W12 engine under the bonnet, which serves up 635 PS (626 hp) and 900 Nm of torque. The figures are pretty much unchanged from before, and allow the Speed to get from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 306 km/h.

    Once again, these performance numbers are identical to the pre-facelift Speed, but they are more than enough for it to fend off the Lamborghini Urus that tops out at “just” 305 km/h, although the Italian SUV is quicker when it comes to the century sprint at 3.6 seconds. Keep in mind that the Lamborghini has a smaller 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 and is lighter at around 2.2 tonnes, while the Speed creeps in close to 2.5 tonnes.

    As before, an eight-speed automatic transmission is the standard pairing for the engine, as is an all-wheel drive system. The Speed also benefits from an air suspension system and Bentley Dynamic Ride, the latter being the company’s electric active roll control technology that operates on a 48-volt architecture.

    To further keep things in check, the SUV’s torque vectoring by brake system has also been recalibrated and carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option. Bentley says the more advanced braking system is 20 kg lighter than the default iron brakes and is capable of providing a maximum braking torque of 6,000 Nm, while withstanding temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius – useful when bringing such a heavy vehicle to a stop from high speeds.

    Life inside is rather similar to a standard Bentayga, so a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with plenty of media inputs, a digital instrument cluster and various connected services all come as standard.

    On top of that, you do get plenty of reminders of the Speed’s potential. For starters, there’s Alcantara on various areas like the steering wheel, headliner, seat cushions and others to contrast the heaps of leather applied to the cabin. If you’re not a big fan of the material, the company offers the Leather Specification to instead have these areas trimmed in hide.

    Elsewhere, you’ll find the “Speed” script embroidered onto the backrest of all seats, which can be replaced with the Bentley logo for no additional costs. The Mulliner Driving Specification is also standard for the Speed, whereby you get a new contrast stitching design through the diamond quilting. Other items are dedicated “Speed” badges and illuminated treadplates.

    This being a Bentley, customers will have plenty of avenues to personalise their purchase, including 17 standard paint colours, with a further 47 hues from the Extended and Mulliner ranges as well as 24 duo-tone options. If you can’t find something that pleases your eye from the 88 options, you can bring your own sample and the company will have one colour matched specifically for you.

    The expansive catalogue also includes 15 hide colours, six colour themes, eight veneers and two technical finishes for the interior. If that isn’t enough, the company also offers the Black Specification, which replaces all the chrome on the exterior with gloss black or carbon-fibre versions, including the roof and wheels.

     
 

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