Volkswagen Smashes Pikes Peak Record with I.D


The Bentayga raced up the hill with a time of 10:49.9 at the hands of renowned hillclimb competitor Rhys Millen.

The previous record holder, a Range Rover Sport driven by Paul Dallenbach, managed to set a time of 12:35.6 back in 2014. "I'm delighted to take the SUV record for Bentley and for everyone that's been involved in this project", Rhys Millen commented.

The Bentayga used in the race only had minimal modifications, like unique front seats, the rear seats were removed, and a roll cage and fire suppression system were installed.

A sports exhaust - though not the Akrapovic fitted to the record auto - and Bentley's Touring Specification complete the Pikes Peak overhaul, this Bentayga not quite going the whole hog by removing the rear seats and adding a cage as in Rhys Millen's steed.

In celebration of the record run, Bentley will offer just ten examples of a special limited-edition Bentayga. This time working for the Germans, Millen set a new target time for SUVs of 10:49.9, averaging 66.5 miles per hour (107 km/h).

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Additional tweaks to the adaptive air suspension and a 48V electric active anti-roll control also helped Millen make his record run. The Black Specification is included, replacing all exterior chrome with gloss black components and adding a carbon fiber splitter, side skirts, diffuser and rear spoiler. A subtle Pikes Peak motif adorns the front fenders.

In celebration, Bentley is releasing a limited-edition Bentayga, crafted by Mulliner, Bentley's in-house coachbuilding division.

As for the inside, there's "Beluga" leather with lime green accents, as well as Alcantara trim featuring throughout the interior.

The VW I.D. R vehicle in which Dumas made the record is something which has impressed the onlookers and other people concerned with the racing that goes on at Pikes Peak.

The result? Six hundred horsepower and 663 foot-pounds of torque (at sea level), sent to ZF's eight speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive. Order books will open in August.