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Bentley Flying Spur Shows It Can Run With Supercars On The Autobahn

A 5,500 Lbs Bentley Flying Spur that can keep up with modern supercars on the Autobahn? Yes, please!

If there’s one thing that is undeniably true for our time, it is that we are spoiled for horsepower. There are plenty of high-power luxury vehicles that can make short work of any hot hatchback, in a straight line, and in some cases, even supercars. This is exactly the case with the Bentley Flying Spur Mk III W-12, as YouTube channel AutoTopNL demonstrates, by blasting down the unrestricted section of the German Autobahn, at full speed.

Bentley Flying Spur Shows It Can Run With Supercars On The Autobahn
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The video is actually a full review so, if you are not interested in the quirks and features and want to skip straight to the top speed run, it’s at the 17:30 minute mark. The Bentley Flying Spur Mk III comes with three available engine options, one of which, a V-6 hybrid. The base one is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 550 horsepower and 568 pound-feet (770 Nm), which allows for a 3.5-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time and a top speed of 198 mph (319 km/h).

If you think those numbers are crazy, the W-12 model, which we see in the video is even more bonkers. The 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 develops 635 horsepower and 664 pound-feet (900 Nm). This allows for a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint in an identical 3.5 seconds, but it’s what happens after that, which matters. With the W-12, the ultra-luxury sedan can reach a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h), which is more than a lot of supercars.

Engine 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12
Horsepower 550 HP 635 HP
Torque 568 LB-FT 664 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 198 mph 207 mph
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Modern cars are often much heavier than their predecessors, but the Bentley Flying Spur gives the word heavy a new meaning. A fully-spec’d W-12 model tips the scales at 5,602 pounds (2,541 kg), which is more than most modern SUVs. Regardless of the engine, the Bentley Flying Spur puts the power down through an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system.

The Bentley Flying Spur Moves like Nothing Else of This Size

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The car measures a whopping 209.3 inches (5,320 mm) and we already mentioned the 5,602-pound (2,541 kg) curb weight. Despite that, the thing propels itself, like a private jet that’s about to take off. The driver switches to “top speed mode”, which includes retracting the Spirit of Ecstasy (the emblem) inside its designated compartment, above the grille, thus reducing drag.

The gearbox is set more for comfort rather than performance, but still does a great job at shifting, even if a bit hesitant. Fourth gear tops out at about 127 mph (205 km/h), as the gearbox shifts at just over 6,000 RPM. Alex, the channel host, comments how 12-cylinder engines always feel like they can keep going and this one, although extremely quiet, is no exception. “It doesn’t feel like you are asking too much of it, even though you are actually flooring it”, he comments.

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At the first attempt, the Flying Spur gets to 186 mph (300 km/h) on sixth gear, with more revs to spare. On its second attempt, the big Bentley manages to hit 203 mph (327 km/h), as reported by the driver, at which point, the car is right at the top of sixth gear.

Regardless, the car gets very close to the advertised top speed, which is higher than what many supercars are capable of. Some would argue that a supercar’s chassis is much more rigid, but the Bentley is also more capable in the corners than some would give it credit for. And just as there are very few places where you can go flat out, there are also very few places where you can test the limits of a car’s chassis to the limit. Regardless, the big Bentley showcased that it is a collection of insane figures. Unfortunately, this includes the price, which starts from $215,000.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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