Decisions, decisions, decisions. Now you’ve got another one if you’ve been hankering to buy a Bentley Flying Spur and that, namely, is a new more powerful engine option.
Bentley is unveiling the Bentley Flying Spur V8 S ahead of the 86th Geneva Motor Show. Basically the V8 S fills the gap between the base Flying Spur V8 and the W12. It keeps the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine you find in the Continental GT V8 S, but it gets a power bump to 521-horses and 502 pound-feet of torque, too.
In the speed department, we’re talking 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s a hair 0.3 seconds faster than the V8’s sprint time with a top speed of 190 mph.
Bentley says revisions to both the engine and transmission calibrations have sharpened throttle response and made the Flying Spur V8 S’s power accessible lower down the rev range.
In ‘S’ mode, drivers will find a sharper-still throttle response and additional engine braking from the transmission. Eighth gear is locked out when ‘S’ mode is engaged and the knurled paddle shifters are harmonized with the car’s new, sportier side.
It also gets a revised aluminum double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control for better handling.
As far as looks go, the Flying Spur V8 S gets some tweaks to differentiate itself from its stablemates. It comes with a black front body radiator grille with a body-colored insert and a Beluga gloss rear diffuser. Bentley will also offer unique exterior colors and interior trim options. Of course, it features special V8 S badging on the rear haunch and V8 S treadplates.
Inside, piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are standard. The V8 S also features two-tone seats with a contrasting roof centre bow. Drivers can also opt for V8 S headrest stitching.
Customer deliveries begin in the summer.