One of the world’s most luxurious performance sedans, the Bentley Flying Spur is praised for it’s seamless combination of opulence and power in an elegant and exclusive package. Bentley, however, have decided this wasn’t quite enough and have tuned the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine to extract more power and torque to create the Bentley Flying Spur V8 S.
Placed between the standard V8 and W12 engine variants, this new S model has not only received a power increase but also revised suspension for a more focused and dynamic driving experience. The tuned V8 now churns out 21 bhp more than before, with a final output of 521 bhp and a mighty 502 lb.ft of torque for effortless acceleration. All of this means 0-62 mph is cut from 5.2 to 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph; all done in style, comfort and luxury. Despite the immense power Bentley do claim a respectable 25.9-mpg, largely thanks to the variable displacement feature where half of the eight cylinders will shut down when they are not required. Engine revisions also make for a faster throttle response and power more accessible lower down the rev range. In ‘S’ mode, throttle response is further quickened and there is additional engine braking.
The V8 S can be differentiated from other variants by the body coloured insert on it’s black grille, V8 S badging on the rear, V8 S treadplates and 20-inch open spoke wheels, as also found on the Continental GT V8 S. In the cabin, alterations are matched to the sporting exterior of the Flying Spur V8 S. Piano-black wood veneers and a sports steering wheel come as standard, as are shift paddles for a more potent driving experience. Unique to the S is also two-tone seats with a contrasting roof centre bow.
The Flying Spur’s blend of affluence and dynamism is now furthered with the V8 S with the luxury remaining but now with a more powerful V8 engine for a more seamless and effortless experience. The Flying Spur V8 S will make its public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show starting on the 1st of March.