Bentley Flying Spur Speed Launched
The Bentley Flying Spur Speed is the latest of the Flying Spur luxury performance sedan, joining the brand’s portfolio of Grand Tourers. Bentley offers customers a product portfolio that is tailored to provide them a simpler pathway to finding the right Bentley that suits their requirements. The portfolio has 2 sides i.e. one focused on well-being behind the wheel, and the other on driving performance, with both arms crowned by Mulliner models that combine the best of both worlds.
The Bentley Flying Spur Speed completes the model range and mirrors the existing Continental GT and Bentayga range. The Flying Spur Speed is the pinnacle performance model, and together with the Flying Spur Mulliner, is the car of choice if a customer desires a W12-powered Flying Spur, with the standard Flying Spur W12 ceasing production.
The Flying Spur Speed sits above the S model and boasts an extra 85 PS and 130 Nm of torque. This additional power improves its 0 – 60 mph (97 km/h) by 0.4 seconds and increases top speed to 207 mph (333 km/h). With 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm of torque, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0 – 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds). Armed with Electronic All Wheel Steering, Torque Vectoring by Brake technology and Bentley Dynamic Ride as standard, the agility matches the performance of the 626 bhp 6.0L twin turbocharged W12 engine.
The Flying Spur uses the same 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission as the Continental GT for smooth and refined acceleration, quicker gearshifts and improved fuel economy. Faster gearshifts are achieved by pre-selecting the next gear, shortening the interruption of torque to the wheels and so improving performance. Maximum speed is reached in 6th gear, with the overdrive gears (7th and 8th) used for efficient grand touring.
Torque distribution varies according to the selected Drive Dynamics Mode. In Comfort and Bentley modes, the system will send up to 480 Nm to the front axle to offer greater grip and driveability. In Sport, the system limits the available torque to the front axle to 280 Nm, maintaining a higher torque level at the rear for a more dynamic feel. Torque is also managed across each axle by a torque-vectoring-by-brake system.
Additionally, the Bentley Dynamic Ride System is designed to improve both handling and ride comfort. A 48-volt system controls an electronic actuator unit which manages the stiffness of the anti-roll bar, changing the stiffness on demand to combat cornering forces and keep the Flying Spur level. The Flying Spur also shares the largest iron brakes in the world with the Continental GT, with 420 mm front discs. The Gloss Red front calipers carry Bentley branding, with a Gloss Black finish as a cost option.
The Speed’s styling cues are familiar, with dark tint finishes to the front grille, headlamps and tail lamps, and signature Speed badges on the lower wing. The unique 22” Speed wheel is standard, with finishes including Dark Tint, Gloss Black and silver-painted. A second 22” sports design wheel is also available in Gloss Black or Pale Brodgar Satin as an option. Further, the Flying Spur Speed includes jewelled fuel and oil filler caps.
To further increase the performance-focused presence, Bentley’s Styling Specification and Blackline Specification are available as options. The Styling Specification includes precision hand-crafted carbon fibre front bumper splitter, side skirts with metallic Bentley badge, rear diffuser and subtle bootlid spoiler. The Blackline Specification provides a contemporary alternative where most of the brightwork on the exterior of the car is replaced with Blackware for a more commanding road presence.
The exterior brightware incorporated in the Blackline specification includes the iconic Flying B mascot, radiator vanes, matrix grilles, side window surrounds, and lower door and rear bumper blades. The front and rear light bezels, door handles, wing vents and the exhaust outlets also receive the same distinguished, darkened treatment.
In the cabin, there is a new unique colour way including the use of Dinimaca to all of the occupant touch points. Bentley uses Dinamica Pure – the difference over regular Dinamica specifically, is that it is made from 73% recycled Polyester. Interior colour choice goes up from 5 to 15 leather colours with Piano Black veneer as standard, and Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut or Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus as alternative no cost options.
The luxury theme continues with front and rear seat comfort specification as standard, including 24-way adjustment for the front seats and 14-way adjustment for the rear seats. All seats include heating, ventilation, massage and 2 memory positions. The cabin also includes sports pedals, Speed fascia badges and emblems and illuminated Speed inner and outer treadplates.