As Queen Elizabeth turns 90 on April 21, we pay tribute to some of the vehicles in the royal fleet. Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Land Rovers and Daimlers have been the brands of choice used by the Queen, members of the royal family and visiting dignitaries, all part of the fleet of vehicles housed in the Royal Mews garage at Buckingham Palace. Chauffeurs drive the state vehicles, but having served as both a mechanic and ambulance driver during World War II, the Queen has logged a lot of her own drive time.
2016 Bentley Bentayga
Starting with the new Bentley SUV that Queen Elizabeth is the first in line to own, having driven a prototype at her Balmoral estate in Scotland last fall, the following are six key cars Her Majesty is famously associated with.
Unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, this ultra-luxury SUV is a descendant of the British carmaker’s first SUV concept, the 2012 EXP 9.
Its twin-turbo, 600 hp W12 (12 cylinders configured in a W shape) engine propels the Bentayga from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds to a top speed of 300 km/h.
Starting at $290,381 , the Queen’s is #1 of 608 “First Edition” models marked with Union Jack badges, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, illuminated door sill entry plates, and a gravitationally self-winding Breitling dash clock. All the first editions were sold in advance and Bentley expects to assemble 3,000 to 4,500 Bentaygas per year to meet the demand for the world’s first uber-luxury SUV. Bentley hails its first ever 4X4 as “the most powerful, luxurious, and exclusive sport utility vehicle in the world.”