Bentley have revealed the Bentley Flying Spur V8 S which will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 next month. The Flying Spur V8 S gets improved performance and a revised suspension system, as well as new visual cues to differentiate it from the rest of the model range.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S gets a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with an additional 21 hp for a total power figure of 528 hp. Torque is pegged at 680 Nm from just 1,700 Nm. The Flying Spur accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than the Flying Spur V8. Top speed is 306 km/h (190 mph). The V8 S returns economy figures of 10.9 L/100km (25.9 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 254 g/km. In total, the Flying Spur V8 S will manage 837 km (520 miles) between fill ups.
The engine features variable displacement with the ability to shut down four of its eight cylinders while cruising. It is a direct injection unit, with low friction bearings, advanced thermal management and energy recuperation via an electrical charging system. The additional power is realised through an ECU modification which also sharpens throttle response.
The transmission is an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split. Eighth gear is locked out when the transmission is placed in ‘S’ mode. The suspension system gets self-levelling air suspension with a re-callibrated Continuous Damping Control system. The V8 S also gets optional carbon ceramic brakes with red or black painted calipers.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S gets a number of unique styling cues including a unique grille insert with black styling and a beluga gloss rear diffuser. There are V8 S badges on the rear haunch, V8 S treadplates and 20 inch open-spoke painted wheels. Optionally, the V8 S can be specced with dark-tint lights at both the front and rear with black gloss exterior mirror covers and a unique Mulliner Driving Specification 21 inch black and bright machined six-spoke wheel.
Inside the cabin, piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are fitted as standard. Bentley also offer a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles. There is a unique colour split combining two-tone seats with a contrasting roof centre bow and V8 S headrest stitching.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S debuts some new 2016 options, available across the rest of the range including a semi-aniline hide option, straight-fluting on leather seats and a Mulliner Driving Specification with small-diamond quilting pattern.
Bentley will deliver the first customer Bentley Flying Spur V8 S in the summer.