Bentley Flying Spur V8 S 01

Bentley is going to the Geneva Motor Show with the new Flying Spur V8 S. Positioned in between the base V8 and the princely W12, the newest addition to the four-door luxo barge family brings uprated power and revised suspension in the name of performance.

The Flying Spur V8 S is powered by the familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine – only this time it’s tuned to produce 528 hp and 680 Nm of torque, which is 21 hp more than the variant placed below it. This sends the car darting from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (0.3 seconds faster than the Flying Spur V8) before it reaches a top speed of 306 km/h.

As usual, the output is sent to all four wheels via eight-speed transmission, which channels 60% of the torque to the rear axle and the rest of it to the front. The ZF-sourced unit also receives new calibrations for improved throttle response.

To cope with the newfound power, Bentley has retuned the car’s air suspension system, which comprises an aluminium double-wishbone up front and a multilink setup at the rear. Complementing the chassis upgrades are the revised Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Bentley Flying Spur V8 S 04

While looking almost identical to the entry-level variant, you’ll be able to recognise the Flying Spur V8 S from its ‘V8 S’ badging and treadplates, black front grille and 20-inch open-spoke wheels. Those with a dark side can specify the vehicle with more dark-coloured accoutrements including tinted front and rear lights, black exterior mirror covers and 21-inch Mulliner wheels.

The cabin gets piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel, along with a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles as standard. The seats, meanwhile, get a two-tone upholstery with ‘V8 S’ stitching on the headrests. Of course, the Mulliner Driving Specification is always ready to provide more customisation options.

 

 

 



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