As powerful as the Continental GT Speed!

Bentley introduced the Flying Spur in 2005. Developed as a four-door version of the Continental GT by the same team that created the coupe and convertible, the Flying Spur shares it underpinnings with the Volkswagen Phaeton, while its powertrain components are related to those of the Audi A8. At first fitted with just the 6.0-liter W12 engine, the Flying Spur received a 4.0-liter V-8 with the 2013 upgrade, when Bentley altered the styling and dropped the "Continental" from the official nameplate. Despite being more than ten years old at heart, the Flying Spur remains one of the most luxurious full-size sedans on the market and the British firm keeps rolling updates to keep it fresh for the competition.

Having launched a more powerful version of the Flying Spur V8, dubbed V8 S,Bentley is introducing a similar update for the W12 model for the 2017 model year. Called the Flying Spur W12 S, the new range-topping four-door borrows some of its styling features from the V8 S, while its drivetrain comes from the Continental GT Speed. On top of that, it gets styling features of its own, while the cabin is wrapped in an exclusive upholstery and packed with items that usually are available as options only.

Naturally, it’s also the most expensive Flying Spur to date, but not likely to be much pricier than the Mercedes-AMG S65, its main competitor on the high-performance, luxury market. Find out more about that in our comprehensive review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Flying Spur W12 S.

  • 2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    616
  • Torque @ RPM:
    590
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    202 mph
  • Price:
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  • body style:

Exterior

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Even though the W12 S shares its body panels with other Flying Spur models, the blacked-out exterior features give it a more menacing appearance

Based on the current Flying Spur, which Bentley updated in 2013, the W12 S retains the styling of the standard model, but stands out thanks to its blacked-out body elements. Up front, the imposing matrix grille is finished gloss-black, as are the headlamps bezels and the mesh in the bumper intakes. The black detailing continues onto the sides with gloss-black "flying B" emblems, mirror caps, window trim, and door handle inserts. Most of these add-ons are actually borrowed from the Flying Spur V8 S, but the W12 S can also brag about dark-tinted headlamps and taillights and a selection of two 21-inch rims. Customers can pick between a seven-spoke design in gloss-black or Sport five-spoke directional wheels in either gloss-back or a dark tint finish.

Needless to say, even though the W12 S shares its body panels with other Flying Spur models, the blacked-out exterior features give it a more menacing appearance. And even though Bentley’s press release showcases cars painted copper brown and metallic blue, which provide stunning contrasts with the gloss-black elements, the sedan should look stunning in just about any color. Opt for a black paint job and you’ll get the kind of stealthy look only a supercar can offer.

Interior

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The interior is equally impressive, sporting features normally not available in the standard Flying Spur. The first thing that catches the eye is the new two-tone dashboard with black and grey elements, carbon fiber inserts, and contrast stitching. The same stitching highlights the seats and their diamond-quilted seating surfaces, flanked by individual leather stripes in the same color. Bentley says that these accents are available in 17 colors.

The first thing that catches the eye is the new two-tone dashboard with black and grey elements

A three-spoke, Sport Plus steering with knurled gearshift paddles, which is only available as an option on the other models, is also part of the standard equipment list. The exclusive cabin is rounded off by a "W12 S" headrest emblems and similar tread plates for both front and rear doors.

On the tech front, the limousine comes with the innovative Touch Screen Remote system, which deploys from the veneered rear centre console at the touch of a button. The unit allows control of the car’s climate and infotainment systems and it can also be used to adjust the rear seat. The Flying Spur also features a WiFi hotspot.

Drivetrain

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The W12 S needs only 4.2 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a tenth-second improvement, while top speed increased from 200 to 202 mph.

As the name suggests, the W12 S gets its juice from a more powerful version of the W12’s twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 engine. By updating several components, Bentley increased the output from 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to 626 horses and 605 pound-feet. All that oomph travels to the wheels through Bentley’s familiar eight-speed automatic and an all-wheel drive system with 40:60, rear-biased torque split.

While the extra power and torque might not seem like much, the retuned suspension for improved handling and traction and bespoke damper and stability control calibrations help increase the cars performance compared to the standard W12. Specifically, the W12 S needs only 4.2 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a tenth-second improvement, while top speed increased from 200 to 202 mph. The latter makes the Flying Spur the first four-door Bentley to break the 200-mph barrier. Granted, this massive 5,500-pound sedan is no slouch.

Prices

Pricing is not yet available, but it’s safe to assume that the W12 S will sit at the top of the Flying Spur range in terms of pricing too. With the regular W12 retailing from $222,300, the W12 S will most likely fetch at least $250,000 before options.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG S65

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When it comes to beefed-up, luxury sedans, very few vehicles are able to match the W12 S’ tremendous power and performance. The AMG S65, the range-topping model of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup, is your only choice if you’re looking for similar output and speed. Equipped with a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter, V-12 engine, the S65 comes with 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque on tap. Even though it benefits from significantly more torque than the W12 S, it’s not quicker, needing the same 4.2 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. The reason for that is that the S65 doesn’t have all-wheel drive. A quicker alternative is the AMG S63, which hits the benchmark in 3.9 ticks with "only" 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet (from a 5.5-liter V-8) thanks to its 4Matic AWD system. Pricing for the AMG S65 starts from $226,900, while the AMG S63 comes it at $144,700.

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG S65 here.

Conclusion

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With the Flying Spur V8 S already roaming the streets, it’s no surprise that Bentley decided to take things up a notch a launch a beefed-up version of the W12 model too. And you can’t blame Bentley for wanting an even more powerful four-door in its lineup with monsters such as the Mercedes-AMG S65 in dealerships. Granted, most of these W12 S sedan will never be used to their full potential as most of their owners will probably enjoy their trips in the rear seat, but Bentley is the kind of automaker that stays afloat by taking it to the limit, and this range-topping Flying Spur is doing just that. And, at the end of the day, it’s reassuring to know that your comfortable seat is in the back of one of the world’s most powerful limousine.

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    • * You get a lot more torque with the Mercedes-AMG S65
    • * Likely very expensive

Press Release

Bentley Motors is today announcing the introduction of a new flagship to the Flying Spur range, blending luxury, style and power: the Flying Spur W12 S.

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The new model is the first four-door Bentley to have a top speed in excess of 200 mph, and offers a more sporting experience for owners looking for increased power, torque and responsiveness.

The Flying Spur W12 S features a number of dark styling cues which hint at its new and improved dynamic capabilities. A suite of blackware detailing – including Beluga gloss radiator grille and light surrounds – a rear diffuser and optional carbon fibre veneer gives 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 W12 S is the ultimate luxury performance sedan. It combines sharper dynamics and an increase in power from our renowned W12 engine with a more assertive exterior and interior design for customers looking for a Flying Spur with extra attitude.”

200 MPH+ Performance – The Fastest Flying Spur Yet

The Flying Spur W12 S features enhanced power and torque outputs from the mighty 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine. Through precise calibration and tuning, engine power is increased from 625 PS to 635 PS (626 bhp) and torque from 800 Nm to 820 Nm (605 lb. ft.) for a more dynamic drive. Full torque is available from just 2,000 rpm, making for a totally effortless driving experience.

This increase in power means that the Flying Spur W12 S achieves a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph) – the first four-door Bentley to exceed the 200 mph performance barrier. The initial sprint to 100 km/h is dispatched in 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds).

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.

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Complementing these power upgrades, a new responsive suspension tune for the Flying Spur W12 S improves handling and provides even more traction, while optional carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.

The new flagship Flying Spur has specific damper and stability control calibrations for a more involving, agile drive. Yet, due to its clever suspension set-up, which retains the refined ride for which the Flying Spur W12 is renowned, the S derivative remains a luxury sedan for those who wish to be chauffeured, as well as those who choose to drive.

Striking Design Signals Performance Intent

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

From new gloss-black detailing on the bodywork, to the unique leather stitching, the new exterior and interior styling reflects the more assertive, darker character of the Flying Spur W12 S.

There is full exterior gloss blackware for the radiator and window surrounds, lights, rear bumper, door handle inserts and headlight washer caps. A new W12 S badge on the D-pillar features a black ‘S’, while the sporting front-bumper design, Beluga gloss rear diffuser and door mirrors, and gloss-black front radiator matrix are adopted from the new Flying Spur V8 S.

The front and rear lamps receive a dark tint while a new, lower bumper insert suggests a more assertive driving manner.

The wheels offered on the Flying Spur W12 S are 21” 7-spoke with a new gloss-black finish, or a new optional 21” Sports 5-spoke directional wheel finished in either gloss black or a dark tint.

Inside, the Flying Spur W12 S boasts styling cues designed to enhance its sporting luxury aesthetic, with the exquisite handcrafted interior offering a wider palette of colours, a new fascia finish and unique stitching.

New standard interior features include a unique black engine-spin finish to the fascia and waistrails (a satin carbon-fibre finish is an option); a W12 S headrest emblem in contrast or blind stitching; W12 S treadplates for the front and rear; a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and knurled gearshift paddles, which are only available as options on other models.

A new colour split unique to the Flying Spur W12 S model is created using a single-tone interior with accents in one of 17 hide colours, and unique contrast stitching to the diamond quilting, the Sport Plus steering wheel and the interior.

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Flying Spur – Technology on Demand

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. The Flying Spur also features a WiFi hotspot for connectivity on demand while travelling.

Customer deliveries of the new Flying Spur W12 S will commence at the end of the year.

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