Bentley Flying Spur V8 S gets more power and better handling

17 Feb, 2016 12:00pm Lawrence Allan

Bentley will debut faster Flying Spur V8 at Geneva show ahead of summer UK deliveries

While Bentley's new Bentayga SUV is garnering all the attention, the Crewe firm has quietly released a more powerful 'S' version of the Flying Spur V8 saloon. It'll debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show before customer deliveries in the summer.

The Flying Spur V8 S slots in between the regular V8 and flagship W12 in the Rolls-Royce Ghost rival's range. The 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine gets an extra 21bhp, bringing the total to 521bhp. A substantial 680Nm of torque ensures it first from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds quicker than the V8. The top speed is 190mph. 

Economy and emissions are unaffected, however, at 25.9mpg and 254g/km respectively. A new 'S' mode for the gearbox brings additional engine braking, sharper throttle response and lock the four-wheel drive Flying Spur out of eighth gear.

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Bentley also claims the V8 S gets a "new responsive suspension tuning" and tweaked adaptive dampers to improve body control without affecting ride and refinement. 

Exterior revisions include new badging, a black radiator grille, rear diffuser and 20-inch gloss painted wheels, while more black detailing can be specified optionally. The cabin also gets piano-black wood veneers and leather with unique stitching.

Pricing will be announced at Geneva, but expect the Flying Spur V8 S to rise up to or above £150,000.

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