Bentley Flying Spur goes after enthusiasts with new V8

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Words: Matthew Hansen
15 Oct 2020

Bentley has confirmed that its Flying Spur super sedan (and cousin to the Continental GT) will soon become available with a V8 powerplant, as opposed to the standard V12.

The move, Bentley says, accounts for a shift in attitudes among owners; more of whom are interested in driving their cars themselves, as opposed to having their cars driven for them. The firm also notes how the move benefits their ability to manage emissions targets across the fleet.

The V8 is the tried and true unit from the Continental GT — a twin-turbo 4.0-litre producing 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque. Bentley says the engine helps the Spur drop 100kg of weight compared to the standard V12 model, making its front end more responsive to driver inputs.

In terms of numbers, the firm says its V8 Spur can hurtle to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds, and eventually hit a top speed of 318km/h. When you’re not pinning the throttle to the firewall, the engine is also capable of cylinder deactivation for improved emissions.

Standard features in the revised Flying Spur include adaptive three-chamber air suspension, brake-based torque vectoring, and a full suite of safety tech. Optional features, meanwhile, are virtually endless — starting at things like a ‘Bentley Dynamic Ride’ 48-volt active anti-roll control system, to all manner of interior and exterior colour and material choices. There are 60 different optional colours for exterior paint, alone.

“Based on our research, customer feedback and trends of customer usage, the new Flying Spur V8 has been engineered to deliver driver-focused ability, whilst offering passengers the refinement, comfort and technology expected from a grand limousine,” said Member of the Bentley Board for Engineering, Dr. Matthias Rabe.

“The Flying Spur range is purposeful yet elegant. It has classic Bentley design, best-in-class execution, authentic materials and attention to detail. The new Flying Spur V8 also includes the latest driver assistance and infotainment systems for enhanced safety, security and relaxation on every journey.”

The first new Flying Spurs are expected to land in the UK before the end of the year, with the rest of the world following suit in early 2021.

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