Bentley Motors is introducing a
new model to its range – the Flying Spur V8 S. Taking its place between the
Flying Spur V8 and family flagship W12, the V8 S is tuned for power and
performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension offering a
more focused, precise driving experience.
The Flying Spur V8 S features
a number of sporting styling cues which hint at its new and improved sporting
capabilities. A black radiator grille and rear diffuser along with a unique
grille insert give the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match
its enhanced performance.
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.”
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S
will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show between March 1 and 13, 2016.
First customer deliveries begin in the summer.
Tuned for power, Bentley’s
renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine develops an additional 21 PS,
delivering 521 bhp compared to its V8 sibling’s 500 bhp . A mighty 680 Nm is on
offer from 1,700 rpm. This powers the Flying Spur V8 S to 100 kmph in 4.9
seconds, shaving 0.3 seconds from the V8’s already athletic sprint time. Top
speed is 306 km/h (190 mph).
The increased performance is
achieved without detriment to the V8 engine’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions,
or its ability to cover more than 837 km between fill-ups. The new Flying Spur
V8 S returns a fuel economy of 9.17km per litre.
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. Eighth gear is locked out when ‘S’ mode is
engaged and the knurled paddle shifters are harmonized with the car’s new,
In modern Bentley tradition,
power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60
rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and
Complementing these power
upgrades, a new responsive suspension tuning for the Flying Spur V8 S improves
handling and body control, while 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
Careful recalibration of the
Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system helps improve handling performance and
ensures minimal degradation in ride comfort.
The Electronic Stability
Control is also optimised for the Flying Spur V8 S. The retuned 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
However, despite these
performance-focussed chassis revisions, the Flying Spur V8 S retains its
luxurious, limousine-smooth ride and legendary ability to transport passengers
in unrivalled comfort.
Sporting Styling Cues Signal Performance Intent
The Flying Spur V8 S receives
dark and sporting exterior highlights. Bentley’s iconic matrix grille is black
as standard and together with a Beluga gloss rear diffuser give the Flying Spur
V8 S a dramatic on-road presence.
The V8 S is clearly defined
with a new and exclusive front grille treatment; a combination of black grille
with a body-coloured insert. V8 S badging on the rear haunch, V8 S treadplates
and 20” open-spoke painted wheels further reveal the model’s identity,
mirroring those of its Continental GT V8 S stablemate.
For those wishing to display
an even more extreme look, the Flying Spur V8 S can be specified with an array
of aggressive, dark styling elements. 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 can all be specified to menacing effect.
Inside 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.
Customer Choice Extended for Flying Spur in 2016
To make the Flying Spur even
more attractive to customers, Bentley has added an array of exceptional
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
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.
Flying Spur – Exquisite,
Powerful and Individual
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.
Bentley’s design team has
developed an athletic vehicle that combines traditional Bentley styling cues
with a sporting stance. Sharp feature lines complement muscular rear haunches,
while LED daytime running lights, subtle brightware elements and a choice of
stylish alloy wheels afford the Flying Spur a modern, contemporary feel.
On the inside, Bentley has
created a luxurious, spacious cabin that encases advanced acoustic and
electronic technologies in exquisite hand-crafted leather hides and wood
The Flying Spur comes complete
with a suite of onboard technology to make 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
The Flying Spur is available
with a WiFi hotspot for connectivity while travelling – confirming the Flying
Spur as the ultimate car for work and relaxation.
Source: Bentley Motors
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