Newport Convertible Engineering will Design and Engineer your Bentley Bentayga to a Bentley Bentayga 6X6.
The Bentayga never had a chance at beauty. The EXP 9 F concept on which it’s based looked more like a Chinese knockoff of a Bentley than a Bentley and was the laughingstock of the 2012 Geneva show. Despite their best efforts, Luc Donckerwolke and his designers weren’t able to beat all the ugly out of the production car. The front-three-quarter proportions are wonky, and the huge grille and quad headlamps come across as cartoonish rather than elegant. If you approach a Bentayga on the road from behind, you might think it’s a Lincoln MKT livery car hauling someone to the airport.
Look, we know it’s not easy to make crossovers and SUVs distinctive and attractive. But Bentley’s sister brand Audi managed to do so with the second-generation Q7, built off the same bones as the Bentayga, and Volvo gave us the handsome XC90 last year. The Bentayga doesn’t have half the street presence of a Range Rover and costs three times as much.
As wrong as the exterior styling is, Bentley got most everything else right. Grab the big door handle, which has exactly the right tension in its operation, and the door glides open to expanses of leather so beautiful and blue, you don’t just want to touch it and smell it, you want to lick it. You see the sole of your shoe in the gleaming sill as you climb in. It’s a bit of a step up, but you fall easily into the driver’s seat. Magnificent. Not too thick, not too thin. Not too tall; just right. And the stitching? A visual and tactile bonanza. This is what makes a modern Bentley a modern Bentley.
You may order your Bentley Bentayga 6X6 only through Newport Convertible Engineering.