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Bentley Flying Spur V8 S – A Worthy Replacement?

The Bentley Flying Spur was a hugely successful car when released in 2005. However, as time went on, became miniscule compared to the Continental and Continental GT. Now Bentley are back, with a redesigned version of the Flying Spur.

What is the Bentley Flying Spur V8 S?

The new Bentley Flying Spur V8 S has just been revealed, and will sit between the V8 and the W12 saloon and describes the new car as ‘the sporting side of luxury’. It will be powered by Bentley’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, which is the same engine as the Continental GT V8 S. The V8 S receives 521bhp which is 21bhp more than the regular V8 and the torque is around 502lb ft, which means the car will be shot from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, and a top speed of 190mph.

What’s different compared to the original Flying Spur?

Bentley claims the V8 S gets a “new responsive suspension tuning,” while adapting the damping control for better handling and ride comfort. The V8 S have also introduced a new stability control system that allows Bentley to offer “the spirited driver” an opportunity to properly discover the new upgrades to the engine.

What’s new in terms of design?

The interior is truly something special. With the leather two-tone seats receiving unique stitching, piano-black wood veneer dashboard and a ridged gear lever and paddles. A touch screen remote allows the car’s entertainment system to be controlled from the rear seats, as well featuring its own built in wi-fi. In terms of the exterior, the new Spur looks extremely similar as the original. However, the car features new V8 S badges, black radiator grille, rear diffuser and 20-inch gloss wheels, with many other extras available.

New technology

There are a number of new technology features in the V8 S, such as ‘Variable displacement’ technology. This closes 4 out of the 8 cylinders when cruising, which in turn helps to reduce fuel consumption, allowing the V8 S 25.9mpg. A new ‘S’ mode brings new braking for the engine, sharper throttle response and actually locks the Spur out of 8th gear in the ZF gearbox.

When can I pick mine up?

Bentley will show their Flying Spur V8 S at Geneva in March and will hope to start selling the car sometime this summer. The price has not been officially confirmed, but the regular V8 is £142,000 and the W12 is £153,000, so it should be between those two. But there are also many sporty optional extras that you can add on, such as special paint, carbon ceramic brakes, dark-tinted headlights and tail-lights and black Mulliner alloy wheels, which will all add up to put the car well over £150,000.

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