‘Tis the season for SUVs smashing records.

Barely a week has passed since Skoda’s Kodiaq vRS set a new record time at the legendary Nürburgring and now we’re telling you about another record-breaking SUV.

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This time, it’s the Bentley Bentayga, which has just smashed the best time for a production SUV at Pikes Peak.

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Driven by two-time champion Rhys Millen, the mighty Bentayga completed the 12.42-mile course in just 10:49.9 – hacking almost two minutes off the previous record and averaging 66.5mph.

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Climbing almost 5,000ft and navigating 156 corners, the Bentayga made the best of its 600bhp W12 engine, adaptive air suspension, active electric 48V anti-roll control and carbon ceramic brakes to set a stunning new benchmark.

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In order to comply with the track’s rules, a few minimal changes had to be made. For example, the front seats were replaced with racing versions, the rear seats were binned off altogether, and a roll cage and fire suppression system were installed.

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Additionally, tyres were selected from Pirelli’s DOT-marked range and a production-specification Akrapovic sports exhaust was fitted. Everything else was what you’d find in a regular Bentayga sat in your nearest Bentley showroom.

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To mark the occasion, the Pikes Peak Bentayga was finished in eye-catching ‘radium satin’ paintwork, accented by an all-black chrome and carbon fibre body kit.

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“This record proves the outstanding dynamic ability of the Bentayga,” comments Chris Craft, Bentley’s member of the board for sales and marketing.

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“It demonstrates again how Bentley Motors is the only automotive company in the world that can combine pinnacle luxury and breathtaking performance.”

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Rhys Millen, the man behind the wheel of the record-breaking Bentayga, added: “What an incredible machine. The car was planted all the way up and gave me the confidence I needed to push hard.”

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