RAY MASSEY: Bentley’s Bentayga is king of the snow

With the ski season in full flow and the Winter Olympics hogging headlines, what better time to put a new, sporty, 180 mph SUV through its paces on Alpine snow?

British luxury car maker Bentley took to the Tyrolean slopes with its new V8 Bentayga 4×4, which it’s fitted Bentley’s king of the snow! with an impressive new 4-litre twin-turbo petrol engine. 

Indeed, the high-speed antics I experienced on a specially created off-road ice track made it feel like an automotive entrant to TV’s Dancing On Ice.

High speed antics: Ray with Bentley's large and luxurious Bentayga in the Austrian Alps On the piste: The latest Bentayga features a V8 4-litre twin-turbo petrol engine and has a top speed of 180mph The 542 bhp engine comes into its own on mountain passes, when overtaking and when simply having fun With prices from £136,200, the petrol V8 is a welcome addition to the existing line-up of the  range-topping 6-litre W12 petrol and the more recent diesel 'triple-charged' 4-litre V8 Cosseted in sumptuous leather seats and riding high for a great view, the all terrain Bentley is comfortable and refined Hyundai's Nexo fuel-cell car uses hydrogen to generate electricity to drive its motor Hyundai's Nexo fuel-cell car uses hydrogen to generate electricity to drive its motor

Hyundai’s Nexo fuel-cell car uses hydrogen to generate electricity to drive its motor

Porsche axes all diesels 

Another nail in diesel’s coffin this week — Porsche announced it is axing all diesel options from its range because of a ‘cultural shift’ that means ‘demand for diesel models is falling’.

It intends to concentrate on petrol and hybrid options.

There’s still time to packyour kit for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at Birmingham’s NEC, running today and tomorrow (ccmshow.co.uk).

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