Bentley is completing its new driver-focused range with the launch of a new Flying Spur S, bringing increased dynamic ability, dramatic visual presence and heightened aural drama to further enhance Bentley’s pinnacle four-door sedan.
This is the first time that Bentley’s historic ‘S’ badge has been applied to a Hybrid product and is another step towards Beyond100, Bentley’s vision of the future and sustainable pathway forwards.
As with the recently launched Continental GT S and GT S Convertible, the new Flying Spur S models focus on the pleasure of driving – but with the added choice between 4.0-litre V8 or V6 Hybrid powertrains.
The V8 version is powered by Bentley’s advanced 4.0-litre V8 engine, developing 404kW and 770Nm of torque. It sprints to 100km/h in a mere 4.0 seconds, and comes as standard with Bentley dynamic ride.
That system is capable of applying up to 1300Nm of anti-roll torque in 0.3 seconds to keep the body flat and stable under spirited cornering, while delivering a smooth and supple ride for passengers at gentler velocities by decoupling the wheels across each axle.
Electronic all-wheel steering is also included as standard. For those who are city-based or environmentally-focused, the Flying Spur S is also available with a hybrid powertrain. This combines a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor.
It delivers 397kW of power and 750Nm on its way to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds. A range of 41km in pure electric drive makes the Flying Spur Hybrid S jointly the most efficient Bentley yet.
Those who enjoy exploring their Bentleys’ performance will also appreciate the aural pleasure the V8-powered Flying Spur S delivers via a redesigned sports exhaust while the Flying Spur Hybrid S (in Sport mode) features an ingenious sound enhancement.
On the outside, the black bright ware of the Flying Spur S models creates an athletic and understated look, whatever the chosen exterior finish. Gloss black lower bumper grilles, and dark tinted headlamps and rear lights, add to this.
Likewise, black quad tailpipe finishers and distinctive S badging on the front fenders complete the look, paired with a grille is black gloss with vertical vanes and black gloss surround.
Only the winged Bentley badge and lettering on the boot lid stand out with their bright chrome finish. The S range is offered with a new 22-inch wheel option, available in gloss black or Pale Brodgar Satin finish. A second wheel option provides unique 21-inch wheels.
Whatever the wheel, standard-fit red brake callipers highlight the extrovert character of the S models. Inside, customers can let their imaginations roam with a choice of performance-focused two-tone colour splits, hand crafted in Crewe’s leather shop.
The S design seats are fluted, with quilting available as an option, and the ‘S’ emblem is embroidered on the headrest of each seat. Driver instrumentation takes its inspiration from motorsport chronometers, with the same graphics as the Continental GT Speed.
Finishing touches include a metal S signature badge on the fascia and illuminated Bentley treadplates with the ‘S’ device replacing the Bentley Motors Ltd plaque. The new S model range will make its dynamic debut at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.
It runs from Thursday 23 June to Sunday 26 June. Examples of the Flying Spur S, GT S and GTC S will take to the famous hill climb as part of the First Glance class, and be on display in the paddock throughout the event.
They will be joined by a suite of other Bentleys from past and present, including iconic race cars and a dedicated parade of models to celebrate 40 years of turbocharged Bentleys – with the new S range as the latest members of the lineage.