Bentley Motors has announced that it will be unveiling a new model – the Flying Spur V8 S – to its range. The Flying Spur V8 S will be placed between the Flying Spur V8 and family flagship W12, and is tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and a revised suspension to offer a more focused, precise driving experience.
Bentley says that the Flying Spur V8 S will feature a number of sporting styling cues which hint at its new and improved sporting capabilities. The car gets a black radiator grille and rear diffuser along with a unique grille insert. On the inside, the Flying Spur V8 S receives dark and sporting exterior highlights.
Tuned for power, Bentley’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine develops an additional 21 PS, delivering a total of 528 PS (521 bhp) compared to its V8 sibling’s 507 PS (500 bhp). A massive 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) of torque is on offer from 1,700 rpm. This powers the Flying Spur V8 S to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds), and has a claimed top speed is 306 km/h (190 mph). 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 weather conditions.
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.
The new Flying Spur V8 S also gets a new suspension tuning which is claimed to improve 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 refinement is maintained. The Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system further helps improve handling performance and ensures minimal degradation in ride comfort.
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, piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are standard, while a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles are aimed to 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. To make the Flying Spur even more attractive to customers, Bentley has added an array of exceptional optional features.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show between 1 and 13 March 2016. First customer deliveries begin in the summer. Here are some more images of this upcoming luxury offering from Bentley: