Bentley adds a new, mid-range model to its Flying Spur lineup.

The Geneva Motor Show kicks off in a couple of weeks, but Bentley couldn’t wait to debut the next model it is adding to its lineup – the Flying Spur V8 S. As you probably guessed, this new model will slot between the Flying Spur V8 and the Flying Spur W12. Unlike some automakers, Bentley has gone the extra mile with this addition to its lineup. It’s not just another Flying Spur V-8 with a few technological upgrades of some visual upgrades. Sure, Bentley has altered the exterior appearance a bit, but Bentley actually put some work into improving power output and driving performance over the base Flying Spur V8.

The differences between the standard Flying Spur V8 and the V8 S aren’t huge, but they are enough to set the V8 S apart from the standard model without stepping in the W12’s territory. After all, as Wolfgang Dürheimer – Chairman and CEO of Bentley – put it, “The Flying Spur remains unrivaled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability. It’s the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive.”

The Flying Spur does exactly that, but this new mid-range model will give the customer a worthy choice if he is looking for something more than the base model but not looking to spend the cheddar required to acquire a W12 model. At this point, I’m sure you’re ready to hear about what sets the V8 S apart from its lesser counterpart, so let’s take a look at some images and see what Bentley is bringing to Geneva in March.

  • 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    521
  • Torque @ RPM:
    502
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    190 mph
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Outside, the Flying Spur V8 S is still recognizable as a Flying Spur, but take a look at the front end. The matrix grille is painted black, and down below, the fascia has changed a bit. On the standard model, and body colored louver extends across the air dam. On the V8 S model, that louver has been given a more aggressive design over the black background provided by the air dam. It isn’t shown in these images, but as an option, the V8 S can be equipped with tinted headlights.

On the V8 S model, that louver has been given a more aggressive design over the black background provided by the air dam.

To the sides, there isn’t a whole lot to speak of, but the V8 S does come with its own set of 20-inch open-spoke painted wheels. As an option to set the V8 S further apart, Muliner Specification 21-inch, machined, six-spoke wheels can be added for a premium. In addition to the larger wheels, the mirror covers can also be optioned in a high-gloss black finish.

Around back, the rear diffuser has been finished in Beluga gloss that gives the rear end a somewhat mysterious appearance. The taillights can also be optioned with a tinted lens, just like the headlights. As I said before, it isn’t much, but the changes to the front fascia, the new wheels, and that rear diffuser are enough to set this model apart from the rest. Don’t think we’re done here, there, there is plenty more to talk about as we move down the page.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 3,065 MM (120.7 Inches)
Overall length 5,295 MM (208.5 Inches)
Width (across body) 1,976 MM (77.8 Inches)
Width (inc. mirrors) 2,208 MM (86.9 Inches)
Overall height 1,488 MM (58.6 Inches)

Interior

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Inside, Bentley managed to tie the exterior to the interior quite well. As you sit in the driver’s seat, you’ll find a three-spoke steering wheel and Piano-black wood veneers, giving a dark yet elegant appearance to the inside. Improving the actual feel of the interior, Bentley added a knurled gear shifter and shift paddles. The V8 S is equipped with two-tone seats that are contrasted by the roof’s center bow. “V8 S” is also stitched into the headrests.

Said to make the cabin more comfortable and natural feeling, Bentley offers up semi-aniline hide as an option, and the seats can be optioned with straight fluting.

As you can see from the image Bentley provided of the interior, there are also some additional options available with the release of the V8 S. Said to make the cabin more comfortable and natural feeling, Bentley offers up semi-aniline hide as an option, and the seats can be optioned with straight fluting. When equipped with Mulliner Driving Specification, the interior is graced with a small-diamond quilting pattern on the dash, door trim, and seat inserts, giving the V8 S its own unique look amongst the other Flying Spur models.

Of course, all of this only adds to what is already a beautiful, functional, and comfortable cabin. The V8 S still comes with all of the standard features and technology found in the base-model Spur, including a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Drivetrain

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The V8 S is naturally powered by the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 found in the base Flying Spur, but it has taken on a few upgrades of its own. To put it simply, Bentley tuned the V-8 to produce more power than what is currently available on the base model. The engine is equipped with variable displacement – also known as cylinder deactivation – high-pressure direct injection, advanced thermal management, an energy recuperation system, and low-friction bearings. The combination of this technology along with certain revisions to the calibration of the engine and transmission control systems allows an increase in output and torque.

The V-8 can now put out 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

All told, the V-8 can now put out 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That is 21 horsepower and 14 pound-feet more than the standard V8 Spur. This allows the V8 S to hit the 60 mph benchmark in 4.6 seconds – an improvement of 0.3 seconds. The extra power comes without change to the engines ability to achieve 25.9 mpg. Top speed has increased from 183 mph to 190 mph.

In addition, CO2 emissions output remains the same at 254 grams per km as well. The calibration technique used to increase power output also brings better throttle response when the car is set to “S” driving mode. This mode also locks out 8th gear and provides additional engine braking through the transmission – giving he V8 S a much sportier driving characteristic. Power is sent to all four wheels, with a power distribution of 40 percent in the front and 60 percent in the rear.

Bentley didn’t stop there. It also recalibrated the Continuous Damping Control system to provide better stability control and overall ride. The electronic stability control system was further enhanced to allow increased wheel slip at higher speeds. When the ESC system does kick it, it is now programmed to provide full engine torque to the wheels quicker than before. This should allow the driver to “play” a little more, if that is something you would really want to do on a regular basis with a car of this caliber. As an option, carbon ceramic brakes are available and include painted calipers in your choice of red or black. Altogether, you have to admit that Bentley did a pretty good job in raising the bar for this new model.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8
Max Power 521 HP @
Max Torque 502 LB-FT
Transmission ZF 8-speed automatic
Top speed 190 MPH
0-60 mph 4.6 Seconds

Prices

Bentley has yet to release pricing information for the V8 S, but we will update you as soon as we hear more about it.

Competition

Aston Martin Rapide S

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The Rapide S is another one of those luxurious, but ridiculously fast sedans that most of us would be lucky to ride in, let alone own one. The Rapide S is powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 that puts out 552 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Of course, this puts the Rapide S in a slightly higher horsepower bracket than the Spur, which means the Rapide S will beat the Spur to the 60 mph benchmark by 0.1 seconds and is said to be able to hit 203 mph – 13 mph faster than the Spur. Of course, the Rapide S has the traditional Aston Martin design cues, and as far as the interior goes, it certainly gives the Bentley a run for its money. The Rapide S starts out at $206,000 before options, taxes, and destination.

Read our full review on the Aston Martin Rapide S here.

Conclusion

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I’ve always looked at Bentley as a somewhat exclusive manufacturer. You don’t exactly just stumble across a Flying Spur where I live. Bentley models themselves have always been a little expensive for my taste. It’s not that the luxury, power, and quality isn’t up to par because it is, but I just don’t fancy myself driving in a large sedan with 500 or more horsepower. I guess I’m more of a sports car guy. Even with that being said, I think it is awesome that Bentley is going the extra mile to add another more powerful model between the base and W12 Flying Spur. I’ve always felt there was a gap there, and I have a feeling that some have been forced to go for the W12, just to feed their need for a little more power. If I were in the market, I would be stuck in that position – at least until now that is. If you’re interested in obtaining a Flying Spur V8 S, you can already inquire about one on the brand’s website, and deliveries are slated to start this summer.

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Press Release

Bentley Motors is today announcing the introduction of a new model to its range – the Flying Spur V8 S.

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Taking its place between the Flying Spur V8 and family flagship W12, the V8 S is tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension offering a more focused, precise driving experience.

The Flying Spur V8 S features a number of sporting styling cues which hint at its new and improved sporting capabilities. A black radiator grille and rear diffuser along with a unique grille insert give the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match its enhanced performance.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability. It’s the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive.”

The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show between 1 and 13 March 2016. First customer deliveries begin in the summer.

More Power, Sharper Handling, Same Class-Leading Comfort

Tuned for power, Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine develops an additional 21 PS, delivering 528 PS (521 bhp / 388 kW) compared to its V8 sibling’s 507 PS (500 bhp / 373 kW). A mighty 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) is on offer from 1,700 rpm. This powers the Flying Spur V8 S to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds), shaving 0.3 seconds from the V8’s already athletic sprint time. Top speed is 306 km/h (190 mph).

The increased performance is achieved without detriment to the V8 engine’s impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions, or its ability to cover more than 837 km (520 miles) between fill-ups. The new Flying Spur V8 S returns a combined cycle fuel economy of 10.9 L/100km (25.9 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 254 g/km.

This combination of power, performance and economy is the result of an array of advanced technologies employed in the design of the Bentley V8 engine. Variable displacement, in which four of the eight cylinders shut down when cruising, reduces fuel consumption without any loss of refinement. When more power is required, the engine switches back automatically and seamlessly to the full eight cylinders.

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The high-technology V8 engine also features high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, advanced thermal management, energy recuperation via the electrical charging system and innovative turbocharger packaging for greater efficiency.

Revisions made to both the engine and transmission calibrations have sharpened throttle response and made the Flying Spur V8 S’s power accessible lower down the rev range. In ‘S’ mode, drivers will find a sharper-still throttle response and additional engine braking from the transmission. Eighth gear is locked out when ‘S’ mode is engaged and the knurled paddle shifters are harmonized with the car’s new, sportier side.

In modern Bentley tradition, power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.

Complementing these power upgrades, a new responsive suspension tuning for the Flying Spur V8 S improves handling and body control, while the aluminium double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control ensure that the Flying Spur’s legendary refinement is maintained.

Careful recalibration of the Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system helps improve handling performance and ensures minimal degradation in ride comfort.

The Electronic Stability Control is also optimised for the Flying Spur V8 S. The retuned system allows increased wheel slip at higher speeds with engine torque reinstated more quickly after a system intervention. This provides the spirited driver more opportunity to exploit the full potential of the uprated chassis and increased power. Optional carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.

However, despite these performance-focussed chassis revisions, the Flying Spur V8 S retains its luxurious, limousine-smooth ride and legendary ability to transport passengers in unrivalled comfort.

Sporting Styling Cues Signal Performance Intent

The Flying Spur V8 S receives dark and sporting exterior highlights. Bentley’s iconic matrix grille is black as standard and together with a Beluga gloss rear diffuser give the Flying Spur V8 S a dramatic on-road presence.

The V8 S is clearly defined with a new and exclusive front grille treatment; a combination of black grille with a body-coloured insert. V8 S badging on the rear haunch, V8 S treadplates and 20” open-spoke painted wheels further reveal the model’s identity, mirroring those of its Continental GT V8 S stablemate.

For those wishing to display an even more extreme look, the Flying Spur V8 S can be specified with an array of aggressive, dark styling elements. Dark-tint lights (front and rear), black gloss exterior mirror covers and a unique Mulliner Driving Specification 21” black and bright machined six-spoke wheel can all be specified to menacing effect.

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Inside the cabin, changes are perfectly matched to the sporting exterior. Piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are standard, while a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles add tactility to the driving experience. A colour split unique to the V8 S features stunning two-tone seats with a contrasting roof centre bow. V8 S headrest stitching is also offered.

Customer Choice Extended for Flying Spur in 2016

To make the Flying Spur even more attractive to customers, Bentley has added an array of exceptional optional features.

A semi-aniline hide option is now available in W12 and V8 S models. The highest quality hide available in the automotive industry, it gives the cabin an even more comfortable, luxurious and natural feel.

Contemporary new straight-fluting on the leather seats adds visual impact, while the Mulliner Driving Specification gains a small-diamond quilting pattern reminiscent of a tailored British jacket.

Flying Spur – Exquisite, Powerful and Individual

With its unrivalled blend of effortless driveability, exquisite craftsmanship and onboard technology, the Flying Spur rightly lays claim to being the world’s finest luxury sedan.

Bentley’s design team has developed an athletic vehicle that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance. Sharp feature lines complement muscular rear haunches, while LED daytime running lights, subtle brightware elements and a choice of stylish alloy wheels afford the Flying Spur a modern, contemporary feel.

On the inside, Bentley has created a luxurious, spacious cabin that encases advanced acoustic and electronic technologies in exquisite hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers.

The Flying Spur comes complete with a suite of onboard technology to make it an ideal place for work or relaxation on the move. An innovative Touch Screen Remote, deployed from the veneered rear centre console at the touch of a button, allows control of the car’s climate and infotainment systems from the comfort of the rear seat, while the optional Multimedia Specification brings an extensive Rear Seat Entertainment system.

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The Flying Spur is available with a WiFi hotspot for connectivity while travelling – confirming the Flying Spur as the ultimate car for work and relaxation.

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