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Bentley and Kiwi hillclimb legend Rhys Millen smashed the Production SUV record with the Bentayga at the recent Pikes Peak Hillclimb event.

Named in line with VW's upcoming electric vehicles, the I.D. Cross and the I.D. Buzz, the R is a rather more hardcore vehicle - built specifically for Pikes Peak and its 156 turns.

At the hands of two-time Pikes Peak champion Rhys Millen, the Bentayga - which was production-spec other than racing seats, Pirelli tyres and a roll cage and fire suppression system - returned a time of 10:49.9 - taking almost two minutes off the previous record of 12:35.6 set in a Range Rover Sport back in 2014.

"To take a luxury SUV with minimal modifications and be able to drive up this course in under 11 minutes is a huge testament to the performance and level of engineering in the Bentayga", said Millen.

Two-time Pikes Peak champion Rhys Millen piloted the Bentayga up the 12.42-mile course in just 10:49.9 at an average speed of 66.5mph.

"Limited to just 10 cars, the Bentayga Pikes Peak is created by Mulliner and comes with either a Black or Radium paint job, 22" alloys in Beluga with Radium accents, all the exterior chrome replaced with gloss black, carbon fibre splitter, diffuser and spoiler and a Pikes Peak badge on the front wings. There's no word on how much it added back in with the roll cage and fire-suppression system, but we'd wager the Pikes Peak record breaker was usefully lighter than stock.

The Bentayga was only altered to meet the Pikes Peak regulations. The exterior changes are rounded off by subtle Pikes Peak badging on the front wings.

The colour scheme continues inside, only with the Radium replaced by Key Lime highlights on the Beluga leather.

Do you like the look of the Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak Limited Edition? The wheel and gear lever are trimmed in Alcantara, and there's a Pikes Peak logo on the dashboard trim piece, lest you forget the inspiration for this special edition.

Adaptive air suspension and Bentley's unique and world-first 48V electric active anti-roll control system (Bentley Dynamic Ride) ensure the ideal balance between refined ride comfort and optimum body control.