THE Bentley Flying Spur was already hailed as the best luxury sedan in the world, but now it’s available with the car maker’s renowned and highly successful V8 powertrain, as an alternative to the iconic W12.
The Flying Spur V8 offers a more driver centric experience via increased agility and a more characterful engine note, whilst benefiting from increased range between fuel stops and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
At the heart of the vehicle is Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine that produces peak power of 404kW and uses twin scroll turbos to reach its maximum torque of 770Nm.
To maximise fuel economy, the V8 can shut down four of its eight cylinders under light load conditions, when torque demand is below 235Nm and engine speed is below 3000rpm.
The change is imperceptible to the occupants, with deactivation times of around 20 milliseconds (a tenth of the time it takes to blink). The Flying Spur V8 is 100kg lighter than the W12 version too.
This makes the vehicle feel more agile and responsive, with a distinctive personality of its own, and adds adaptive air suspension, torque vectoring by brake, drive dynamics control and electric steering as standard, for good measure.
Customers can add Bentley’s pioneering 48V electric active anti-roll technology (Bentley Dynamic Ride), and electronic all-wheel steering for even greater agility.
The new Flying Spur is available in four or five seat configurations, incorporates a class leading portfolio of intelligent and intuitive equipment and technology tailored to the needs of driver and passengers.
The industry first Bentley rotating display is also available on the new Flying Spur V8, including Apple CarPlay, photorealistic landscapes through satellite maps and advance warning of changing road or traffic conditions via the local hazard information service.
When the engine start button is pressed, the veneer section in the middle of the dashboard rotates to reveal a 12.3 inch touchscreen, displaying three, customisable digital tiles.
The second side of the display reveals three elegant analogue dials showing outside temperature, a compass and a chronometer. A complete digital detox can be selected on the third side, to simply enjoy the seamless wood veneer fascia.
The bold exterior design of the Flying Spur is based on a new and modern vision that is unmistakably Bentley. With a wheelbase lengthened by 130mm compared to the second generation model, the new Flying Spur now has an increased road presence.
For the Flying Spur V8, there are seven Bentley paint colours to choose from as standard, and customers can also specify their vehicle from the additional extended paint range of over 60 colours, including Mulliner and personal commission.
A Blackline specification includes a dark version of the optional illuminated electric Flying B as well.
Standard exterior features of the new V8 model include 20-inch, 10 spoke painted alloy wheels, a V8 wing badge and quad exhaust pipes, making a visual impact at the rear of the vehicle.
The interior of the Flying Spur V8 showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating a modern cabin of unrivalled luxury and innovation. Stylish and unique, it features supremely comfortable seats in five hide colours.
Bentley’s ‘Wing’ theme can be found across the lower console and fascia. For additional choice, the Colour Specification option adds 10 further hide colours and two duo-tone interior configurations.
In the rear, a new touchscreen remote is made from beautifully crafted materials. It integrates almost invisibly into the console but is easily removed at the touch of a button for remote use.
It allows access to a wide range of applications, including control of all blinds, rear seat massage function and rear climate control, and can be used to pre-store configurations such as mood lighting.
Through a range of optional equipment, including rear seat entertainment tablets, audio options including the Naim for Bentley sound system and even the luxury of an onboard two-bottle drinks cooler, make the rear cabin the ultimate place to work or relax.
A completely new design means that the cooler is packaged into a much smaller space than the previous generation Flying Spur, meaning less intrusion into the vast 420-litre boot space.
Deliveries of the world’s best luxury four door grand tourer are expected to commence locally in early 2021.
With the addition of the V8, the Flying Spur has now broadened its appeal, offering further driver focus and practicality yet without compromise on luxury or craftsmanship.