Bentley Motors will be introducing a new model to its range, the Flying Spur V8 S, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show this March. The Flying Spur V8 S will slot in between the V8 and the flagship W12. Along with sportier styling, such as the black radiator grille and rear diffuser, the V8 S is tuned for power and performance with increased engine output and revised suspension to offer a more focused, precise driving experience.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability. It’s the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive.”
Using Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine that’s retuned for power, it sports an additional 21 PS, (528 PS or 521 bhp) over its V8 sibling’s 507 PS (500 bhp). 680 Nm of torque is at your disposal from 1,700 rpm which helps it go 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, besting the V8 by 0.3 seconds. Top speed is 306 km/h. Despite this incredible performance, stated fuel economy is an impressive 10.9 L/100 km on a combined cycle; fuel tank is 90 liters.
This combination of power, performance and economy is the result of an array of advanced technologies employed in the design of the Bentley V8 engine. Variable displacement, in which four of the eight cylinders shut down when cruising, reduces fuel consumption without any loss of refinement. When more power is required, the engine switches back automatically and seamlessly to the full eight cylinders.
The high-technology V8 engine also features high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, advanced thermal management, energy recuperation via the electrical charging system and innovative turbocharger packaging for greater efficiency.
Revisions made 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. 8th gear is locked out when ‘S’ mode is engaged and the knurled paddle shifters are harmonized with the car’s new, sportier side.
The V8 S features an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions. To accommodate the extra power, a new responsive suspension tuning is employed in the V8 S to improve handling and body control. The aluminium double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control ensure that the Flying Spur’s legendary refinement is maintained. The Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system is also re-calibrated to improve handling performance and ensure minimal degradation in ride comfort.
Other changes include the Electronic Stability Control which is optimised for the V8 S. The re-tuned system allows increased wheel slip at higher speeds with engine torque reinstated more quickly after a system intervention. This provides the spirited driver more opportunity to exploit the full potential of the uprated chassis and increased power. Optional carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.
On the exterior, the Flying Spur V8 S gets the dark sporty treatment and 20″ open-spoke painted wheels. Bentley’s iconic matrix grille is black as is the Beluga gloss rear diffuser. Those wishing for a more menacing look can specify an array of aggressive, dark styling elements such as dark-tint lights (front and rear), black gloss exterior mirror covers and a unique Mulliner Driving Specification 21” black and bright machined six-spoke wheel.
In the cabin, changes are perfectly matched to the sporting exterior. Piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are standard, while a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles add tactility to the driving experience. A colour split unique to the V8 S features stunning two-tone seats with a contrasting roof centre bow. V8 S headrest stitching is also offered.
The suite of onboard technology makes it an ideal place for work or relaxation on the move. An innovative Touch Screen Remote, deployed from the veneered rear centre console at the touch of a button, allows control of the car’s climate and infotainment systems from the comfort of the rear seat, while the optional Multimedia Specification brings an extensive Rear Seat Entertainment system. A WiFi hotspot for connectivity is also available.
To make the Flying Spur even more attractive to customers, Bentley has added an array of exceptional optional features. A semi-aniline hide option is now available in W12 and V8 S models. The highest quality hide available in the automotive industry, it gives the cabin an even more comfortable, luxurious and natural feel. Contemporary new straight-fluting on the leather seats adds visual impact, while the Mulliner Driving Specification gains a small-diamond quilting pattern reminiscent of a tailored British jacket.
With its unrivalled blend of effortless driveability, exquisite craftsmanship and onboard technology, the Flying Spur rightly lays claim to being the world’s finest luxury sedan.