The Bentley Bentayga Gets Startech-ed at the Essen Motor Show

The Brabus-owned tuner thinks it can improve the Bentayga’s looks, but we’re not so sure

The Bentley Bentayga is not the most attractive of SUVs, which is why Startech set out to give it more shine with a bit of tuning sorcery.

They started with the house specialty, making the Bentayga even more massive courtesy of a widebody kit designed to accommodate the 23-inch Startech Monostar S forged wheels. In the process, the big luxury SUV also lost some 25 mm of ground clearance and gained a sport exhaust with integrated sound management.

By now it should be clear this is a styling kit designed for on-road use. We're not sure the Bentayga needed more visual muscle, though. For the moment, Startech left the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine untouched, but we're told an upgrade kit is in the works.

The aero kit consists of new bumpers that replace the stock parts in their entirety, with the front bumper featuring an integrated spoiler and large air intakes while the rear bumper gains a gloss-black diffuser (available in carbon fiber as well), a rear spoiler lip, and a quad sport exhaust system.

Viewing the SUV from the side, it's impossible not to notice the carbon fiber air intakes and the gloss black air deflectors.

It's hard to imagine the Bentayga's interior can be improved, but the folks from Startech believe it's possible. The company's upholstery shop is adamant it can craft a virtually "unlimited variety of colors and materials," including leather, Alcantara, precious woods and carbon.

The range of customization options includes scuff plates with back lit Startech logo, velour floor mats, and aluminum pedals and footrest, among many other things.