Bentley Flying Spur V8 S – what you need to know

Bentley has revealed the Flying Spur V8 S. The third model in the Flying Spur range will sit between the two current versions – the regular V8 below it and the top-of-the-range W12-powered model above.

We’ve picked out five key features (accompanied by glorious high-res images) for the new model, which will make its public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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It’s fast

Tweaks to the engine found in the current V8 lift the total power output to 521hp – a 21hp increase – and a healthy 502lb ft of torque is available from just 1,700rpm. This helps to trim the 0-62mph time down to 4.9 seconds (a 0.3-second improvement). Top speed increases by 7mph to 190mph – impressive stats for a 2.4-tonne car…

A subtle dose of extra menace

To differentiate the V8 S from its Flying Spur siblings, Bentley has given the car some subtle cosmetic changes. At the front, the traditional mesh radiator grille is finished in black, as is the diffuser integrated into the base of the rear bumper. A unique set of 20-inch alloy wheels and ‘V8 S’ badging on the rear haunches and door kickplates round off the tweaks.

Those who still find this 5.3-metre long bruiser to be lacking aggression can specify tinted head and taillights, door mirror covers finished in gloss black and 21-inch diameter alloy wheels. Bentley says there are now more exterior paint finishes to choose from, too.

It’s more fun to drive, but no less comfortable

Tweaks to the suspension settings are said to improve body control without sacrificing ride comfort. These changes come mainly in the form of adjustments to the Continuous Damping Control (CDC) electronically-adjustable dampers.

Bentley engineers have also eased the stability control’s grip on the chassis, allowing the driver to use more power before it intervenes. Despite this, the four-wheel-drive system means the V8 S should remain stable and composed in all conditions. Tweaks to the engine and gearbox calibration have resulted in a sportier throttle response, while optional ceramic brakes should easily bring the Flying Spur to a halt without fading.

The same good news inside

Save for V8 S stitching on the seat backs, the upgrades within the cabin aren’t immediately obvious. Piano black wood veneer graces the centre console and sections of the door trim, while a three-spoke steering wheel lifted from the Continental GT adds a little sporting purpose.

Beautiful machine turned metal surrounds the instrument panel and the two-tone leather seats are trimmed in a design unique to the V8 S.

The extra performance won’t compromise efficiency

Despite the boost in power, Bentley says the V8 S isn’t any more thirsty than the regular V8. A claimed 25.9mpg is claimed courtesy of a cylinder deactivation system which shuts down half of the motor’s eight cylinders when cruising. A quick flex of the right foot is all it takes to seamlessly re-engage the sleeping cylinders. These measures mean the V8 S should be capable of covering around 520 miles between fill ups.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 S price and release date

Bentley has yet to release official prices for the Flying Spur V8 S, but it’s certain to sit somewhere between the £143,725 of the V8 and £154,455 required for the W12. Order books for the V8 S will open shortly and the first customer deliveries will begin in the summer.

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