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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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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is already sold out.

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Lamborghini is taking the top off the Sián Roadster. The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a drop-top version of the hybrid super sports car that captivated audiences last year. The cabriolet's run is limited to just 19 models - all of which are already sold out.

The model is outfitted with the same V12 engine and delivers equal hybrid performance. The engine is paired with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology delivering more rapid availability of torque off the line and fuel savings. The 48-volt e-motor, delivering 34 horsepower, sits in the gearbox. The mild-hybrid technology is more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery while producing the same power.

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The new Lambo has a top speed of 250 km/h. It can get from zero to 62 mpg in 2.9 seconds. To get back to zero, the car uses its regenerative braking system.

"The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini," says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián's innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions."

Lamborghini showed off the car with a Blu Uranus paint job. The company says that the color encapsulates, "the blue of the sky and the green of the fields, evoking the freedom and driving elation delivered by the open top Sián." The car rides on Oro Electrum wheels. Their color was chosen to signify the Sián's electrified powertrain. Its interior features Blu Glauco detailing and aluminum elements in Oro Electrum.

Three-dimensional printer technology allow customers to have their initials designed into the car's air vents.

The car features design that envokes the iconic periscopio line inspired by the first Countach. It runs diagonally from the cockpit to the rear. It has a low front and integrated carbon fiber splitter with Y-shaped headlights sitting above.

It has been optimized for aerodynamic efficiency with airflow "directed through the front splitters and through the front bonnet, through the side air intakes and outlets and over the rear spoiler, with no loss of aerodynamic efficiency from the roadster's roofless design". The car has active cooling vanes on its rear that use unique materials-science technology patented by Lamborghini.

At the rear is a strong design featuring six hexagonal taillights inspired by the Countach. The car's rear wing extends out only during the driving to enhance the performance.

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The watch is an ultra-rugged yet elegant timepiece.

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The Row GB Challenge is one of the world's toughest rowing tests and the team needed a timepiece to match. The four rowers - Oliver Dawe-Lane, Arthur Chatto, Harry Lidgely, and Charles Bromhead - are taking to the seas to raise money for the British Red Cross and JustOneOcean, an environmental charity. The course will take them around 2,000 miles of U.K. coastline.

Team Exe Endurow set off on the journey by launching their quad boat into the water near Tower Bridge in London using a 2020 Land Rover Defender, while wearing the timepieces. They will row, unassisted around Great Britain, in waters known for being choppy and chilly.

Land Rover x Elliot Brown Members of team Exe Endurow pose in front of a Land Rover Defender ahead of setting off.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"We are very grateful to team Exe Endurow for choosing to raise money for the British Red Cross as they take on this incredible challenge," said Paul Amadi, Chief Supporter Officer, British Red Cross.

Amadi added, "The British Red Cross has supported people in crisis for over 150 years and the money raised will help us continue to support the most vulnerable people. The British Red Cross has helped the nation through its darkest days and coronavirus is no exception. We are focused on supporting people through this crisis by delivering food and medicine, making sure refugees and people seeking asylum are safe, and supporting the NHS to get patients home from hospital. We wish Arthur, Harry, Charles and Oliver the best of luck."

The Land Rover x Elliot Brown Holton Professional watch is based on the Elliot Brown Holton Professional watch, which was developed with a specialist branch of the U.K. special forces. It's built to withstand extreme military field tests and harsh environments.

Land Rover x Elliot Brown The timepiece features an antibacterial coating designed to last a lifetime.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Before customers take delivery, each watch must pass three separate pressure tests using air and water. In addition Elliot Brown watches have been put through real-world testing, surviving being strapped to the bows of round-the-world yachts and submerged to depths of 1,921 meters.

Its bolted-down compressor caseback system and triple-sealed crowns provide impressive water protection up to 200 meters. The case and strap bars are made from marine-grade 316L stainless steel. It also features scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass.

According to its spec list, "the precision Swiss quartz movement is housed inside a proprietary shock protection system. The watch can survive the impact of a three kilogram stainless mallet which imparts a force of about 5000G." Additionally, the EPDM rubber strap is hypoallergenic and resistant to seawater, UV rays, and extreme cold temperatures. Buyers get a second strap option. The watch comes with an easy-to-change lightweight webbing strap with double selvedges and coated in an antibacterial treatment that is designed to last a lifetime.

It was the first watch supplied to the specialists after more than a decade without a suitable watch for their tough on-the-job conditions. The watch is also worn by Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

It comes with a five-year warranty and three-year battery life.

The Land Rover x Elliot Brown watch will be available in the U.S. later this year as part of the Land Rover brand's Above and Beyond collection of technical clothing and equipment.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender110, on sale now in the U.S. and starts at $49,000.

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