That’s a tough choice, indeed! Each of these top-shelf utility vehicles provides scads of performance and more opulence than a royal palace. But they differ in key areas; one focuses on obscene luxury, the other on delivering peak performance.
Starting with the Bentley, this British beast brandishes a turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine. Those dozen cylinders provide 600 brake horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, plenty for cruising down Rodeo Drive or making your tee time at Pebble Beach.
Aiding and abetting this massive engine is a resourceful eight-speed automatic transmission. Overall, this powertrain dream-team can rocket the husky Bentayga to 60 miles an hour in just four-seconds flat. Top speed is rated at a brisk 187 miles an hour.
Unlike its Volkswagen Group stablemate, the Cayenne makes do with just a 4.8-liter V8. But thanks to twin turbochargers, it delivers 570 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque, numbers that aren’t too far off what the Bentley offers with 50 percent more displacement.
Similarly, an eight-speed automatic transmission handles gearchanges, routing torque to all four tires through an “active” all-wheel-drive system. Beating its luxurious rival, the sprint to 60 takes as little as 3.8 seconds, with a top track speed of 176 miles an hour.
As for pricing, the Turbo S starts around $161,000, including delivery charges. However, with the Bentayga you’d better plan on shelling out at least a quarter-mill to get even a base model.
Which of these high-performance SUVs do YOU prefer? The Bentley is likely far more luxurious inside, but the Porsche is practically guaranteed to offer more driver engagement. Compare these rarified vehicles here and make sure to vote in our poll.