At the hands of former Pikes Peak victor Rhys Millen, the W12 Bentayga covered the 12.42-mile hill route in 10 minutes, 49.9 seconds, breaking the existing SUV record of 12m 35.61, set by a Range Rover Sport in 2013. Volkswagen set a new overall course record in the all-electric I.D. Its 10:49.9 time slashed almost two whole minutes off the previous record of 12:35.61, achieved in a 2014 Range Rover Sport. Bentley's iconic 6.0-litre twin turbo W12 provides 600 bhp and 900 Nm, fed through a ZF eight speed automatic transmission to permanent four-wheel drive. The front seats were replaced with racing items, while the rears were removed to make way for a roll cage.
To make room for the safety kit, Bentley says it ripped around 270kg worth of interior trim out of the vehicle.
Beyond that, the air suspension, 48V anti-roll system and Pirelli tyres came straight from the production vehicle. Most notable is the "Radium" paint finish - a more subdued black is also available - and 22-inch alloy wheels which feature highlights in the same lurid shade. All exterior chrome has been swapped for gloss black as part of the exterior black pack, and there's a "subtle" Pikes Peak graphic on the front fenders. Inside the Pikes Peak Bentayga, Key Lime accents mesh with Beluga leather, Alcantara, and an Eliade cloth headliner.
You'll really have to love Pikes Peak to get down with this limited-edition model. Climbing nearly 5,000 ft through 156 corners, the Bentayga deployed its unique combination of a 600 bhp, 900 Nm W12 engine, adaptive air suspension, active electric 48V anti-roll control and carbon ceramic brakes to set a stunning new benchmark.
Other extras fitted as standard to the Pikes Peak include a sports exhaust and the Touring Specification, which features adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, lane-keeping assist and a night vision camera. That's right, you usually need to pay more for that stuff.
Just 10 Pikes Peak Edition cars will be made, and they're earmarked for the United Kingdom and U.S., so don't expect to see one on the road in Australia anytime soon.
Although Bentley won't announce pricing until the vehicle goes on sale in Europe and the U.S. in August, it's fair to assume a hefty increase on the standard W12 car's £162,700.