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The Wheel Thing: Bentley, Lamborghini offer ultra-lux SUVs




The regal rear passenger compartment of the new Bentley Bentayga seems fit for a queen.  In fact, the company claims the Queen of England has purchased one.
The regal rear passenger compartment of the new Bentley Bentayga seems fit for a queen. In fact, the company claims the Queen of England has purchased one.
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Got a couple of hundred grand, and an itch for a vehicle that could, but never will, go off-road in style? Super-luxury auto companies, including Bentley and Lamborghini are serving up new SUV/crossover vehicles that will put Cayenne and Escalade owners to shame.

Realizing their well-heeled clients are no longer content with sports cars and refined sedans, Bentley and others are re-imagining the popular sport utility vehicle. For instance, the Bentley Bentayga starts at around $220,000. The price can quickly balloon by another $100,000 with just a few options, but for that you get a 600hp V12 monster with an eight speed transmission driving all four wheels. And, of course, leather to die for.

OC Register motor critic and our Wheel Thing guide Susan Carpenter has the inside dope on the latest supermondo SUVs, and other news, including the launch of the fourth generation Toyota Prius.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above