Review: Bentley Flying Spur V8S

Review: Bentley Flying Spur V8S
Review: Bentley Flying Spur V8S

Spur S ups the sport ante for a “real sense of Bentley’s racing heritage”.

Buying a Bentley Flying Spur has always been an easy choice. Want to major on power? Pick the W12. Looking for enhanced handling? Choose the V8. Simple.

Now, the British marque has thrown a new option into the mix; the sportier S, designed to offer a “real sense of Bentley’s racing heritage”. The V8S gets 21bhp more, at 521bhp, while the W12S is boosted by 10bhp to 626bhp. Both models also boast beefed-up suspension, if not a lowered chassis, and sportier trim on our 4.0-litre V8S test car includes a Continental S-style black grille and rear diffuser plus dark-tint lighting.

Bentley Flying Spur V8S

Price: £188,810
Engine: 4.0-litre V8, twin-turbo, petrol
Power: 521bhp
Torque: 502lb/ft
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Top speed: 190mph
0-60mph: 4.6sec
Fuel economy: 25.9mpg (combined)
CO2: N/A

The S enhancement looks like being a grand idea. The power boost combined with Bentley’s weight-saving programme – albeit this car still weighs in at nearly three tonnes – results in a 4.6sec 0-60mph sprint time and 190mph top speed. The sprint is accompanied by a bass-rich rumble and is best tackled in the ‘S’ transmission setting, which holds on to the gears for longer.

That stiffer chassis set-up doesn’t impinge on the car’s cruising ability, and the higher-speed ride is more sophisticated than in, say, the similarly priced Aston Martin Rapide S. There’s virtually no body roll in the sportier platform modes, although the softest setting does generate SUV-style lean in corners.

Naturally, lavish craftsmanship can be found throughout the cabin, although the somewhat clunky Volkswagen Phaeton infotainment system isn’t as good as those in Rolls-Royces, Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benz S-Classes.

The main focus is the enhanced engine, though, and it’s a winner. You’ll be fighting your chauffeur for the keys!


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