Revealed on Friday ahead of a likely debut at next week's 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Bentayga V8 sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 delivering 550 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.
In comparison, the W-12-powered Bentayga has 600 hp and 664 lb-ft on tap, which is enough for 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 187.
When Bentley took the wraps off their first ever SUV, the Bentayga, it packed in the most opulent motor one can find under a hood - the 6.0-litre mighty W12. Despite these impressive power figures, the Bentayga V8 has a range of 468 miles and can do 24.8 mpg thanks to cylinder deactivation and Stop-Start technology. At 2,395 kg (5,280 lb), it's 45 kg (99 lb) lighter than the W12 and 110 kg (242 lb) lighter than the Bentayga Diesel.
Red brake calipers for the regular iron brakes emphasise the Bentayga V8's performance. This model will also offer optional carbon-ceramic brakes that the company calls "the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, and the largest front brake system available on any production vehicle". It's the biggest, strongest braking system ever fitted to a Bentley, featuring the largest front brake system available on any production vehicle - the brake discs measure 440-mm in diameter at the front and 370-mm at the rear.
With the increased performance, Bentley will fit the V8 versions with exclusive exterior features, such as a chrome and black grille and "twin-quad" exhaust tailpipes. 11 wheel designs are available, including an all-new 22-inch five-spoke design with black painted and polished finish.
Visually there's not too much to distinguish the V8 from the W12, but inside you do get a new wood and hide steering wheel and high gloss carbon fibre trim (although we're sure Bentley will let you have whatever you want). There's also a new rich red leather available called Cricket Ball.
It isn't the most efficient or emissions-friendly engine in the world though, as it guzzles fuel at a quoted 24.8mpg and emits 260g/km of Carbon dioxide emissions.