Super Luxury Vehicles

5 Things you don't know about the Bentley Bentayga

It's one of the most expensive vehicles in the world but few can spell its name.

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The Bentley Bentayga is one of the most expensive SUVs in the world. Aside from not knowing how to spell it properly (who can blame you?), here are five other things you didn't know about the model.

It's named after a rugged peak and a portmanteau.

Bentley isn't willing to stick with one story about how the SUV got its name. The first is that it was named after the Roque Benntayga, a sacred rock in in the Canary Islands. The other is that it is a portmanteau of the words Bentley and Taiga. Taiga is the world's largest biome.

The "Bentayga" name has two origins;[7] one comes from "Roque Bentayga",[8][9] an emblematic highland rock situated in massif central Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands; the other one comes from a portmanteau of Bentley and Taiga, the world's largest transcontinental snow forest.

Development of the SUV took it to five continents.

Bentley Betayga

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The development of the Bentayga was the most exhaustive program in Bentley history. It took engineers, designers, and product planners to adventures on five continents. Test drivers put the model through its paces in the dirt and gravel of South Africa; the dunes of Dubai; the muddy fields of Cheshire, England; and the -30°C air North Cape, Norway to searing 50°C desert heat.

The model has stops at three plants before it's finally assembled.

Bentley Betayga

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Initially, the Bentayga started its life at Volkswagen's Bratislava, Slovakia plant before moving to England. Now, the SUV is manufactured at VW's Zwickau-Mosel plant in Germany. From there, the models are moved to Paintbox Banbury in England before reaching final assembly in Crewe, England at Bentley's home factory.

Each model takes over 100 hours to complete on a dedicated production line. A team of 230 craftspeople work on the models, assembling each Bentayga by hand.

Just 608 First Edition models were made.

Bentley Betayga

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Why 608? The number was picked for a reason. That's how much metric horsepower the car's 12-cylinder engine produces.

The Bentayga Special Edition featured black inserts in its 22-inch wheels, Union Jack badging, carbon-fiber accents, and illuminated door sills on the exterior. The cabin came equipped with a brushed metal version of the British flag on the passenger dash panel, unique contrast stitching, embroidered "Diamond within Diamond" quilted seats, and unique ambient lighting.

Each model also came with a Breitling watch. Buyers could pick between three different options. When new, the Bentayga First Edition retailed for $297,400 all-in.

Bentley has made 200,000 Bentaygas.

The super luxury automaker celebrated the 20,000th Bentley Bentayga rolling off the line in Crewe on June 4, just four years after the model's debut.

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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.

Ford

In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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Custom sports car

2022 Chevy COPO Camaro announced

Yes, that's a wheelie.

Chevrolet

In the late 1960s, Chevrolet dealers realized that they could use the automaker's Central Office Production Orders (COPO) to spec the Camaro with a larger engine than was offered to everyday buyers. A legend was born, but it only ran for a year before being discontinued until 2012. The newest iterations of the car have run in extremely limited quantities each year, and Chevrolet has just announced updates made to the car for 2022.

New for 2022, the COPO Camaro gets a 572 cubic-inch V8 that features a casti-iron block, four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons. Pricing for the 572-equipped cars starts at $105,500 before destination.


2022 COPO Camaro The COPO will be available with a 572 cubic-inch V8.Chevrolet


Beyond the headline-grabbing 572, the drag strip-focused car will be offered with a pair of rowdy V8 engines. The COPO powertrain lineup includes a supercharged 350 cubic-inch V8 with 580 horsepower and a 427 cubic-inch V8 with 470 horsepower. All 2022 COPO Camaros get an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic gearbox.

Production of the original COPO Camaro only ran for one year, but Chevy brought the car back in 2012. Production has continued since then, but only 69 cars have been built each year, a throwback to the original car's super-limited 69-car run. Since there are far more people wanting a car than there are actual cars, Chevrolet runs a lottery every November. The automaker says that thousands of people apply and the select few winners are notified in December that their purchase certificate is on the way.


2022 COPO Camaro Only 69 of the cars will be built.Chevrolet

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