Bentley has announced a brand new model, the Flying Spur V8 S, which will have its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S sits between the entry-level Flying Spur V8 and the range-topping W12 and has been ‘tuned for power and performance’, according to the British manufacturer.
The same 4.0-litre V8 has been used, except the 4.4-litre twin-turbo has been tuned to 521bhp ─ a noticeable increase on the standard V8’s 500bhp. Torque, meanwhile, is 680Nm from 1,700rpm. No wonder 0-62mph takers 4.9 seconds, an improvement of three-tenths.
It’s bloody quick, too, thanks to a top speed of 190mph. Yet there’s been no change to the fuel economy or CO2 emissions, which remain at 25.9mpg and 254g/km, respectively. Bentley claims it will go 520 miles between fill-ups.
The Flying Spur V8 S benefits from a ‘sharpened throttle response’ and transmission calibrations, both of which are designed to make all that power available from lower down in the rev range. Engage the ‘S’ driving mode and the throttle gets even sharper and engine braking is increased.
S mode also locks out the ZF automatic’s eighth gear, meaning it never quite settles down at high speeds as it would do normally. Then there’s the all-wheel drive system, which is biased 40:60 to the rear.
Handling should be more purposeful as Bentley has also given the double-wishbone front suspension and self-levelling rear suspension a bit of a tune but not, it claims, at the expense of refinement.
The car’s electronic stability control has also been optimised to allow more wheel slip at higher speeds. Basically it intervenes less so you can drive like it much harder ─ and face the consqeuences if you push your luck too far.
Aesthetic revisions for the V8 S include a black grille, V8 S badging, 20-inch open-spoke painted wheels and V8 S treadplates. 21-inch black alloys, dark-tint lights and black gloss mirror covers can be specified for a more menacing look.
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Given the Flying Spur W12 has 616bhp and 800Nm of torque generated by a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, the V8 S is much closer to its entry-level counterpart. But even so, it’s bloody fast for a luxury cruiser.
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