Bentley Continental Flying Spur gets 500bhp V8

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur benefits from smaller engine as seen in Continental GT

Bentley has revealed a more accessible, V8-powered version of its Continental Flying Spur Saloon.

The newcomer sits below the flagship W12, and still provides storming performance, but promises improved fuel economy – and brings a hefty reduction in price.

Just like the Continental GT V8 coupe, the four-door features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. This sends 500bhp and 660Nm of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed ZF auto box, and takes the car from 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds – one-tenth slower than the GT V8.

Top speed is 183mph. Economy is down on the GT V8, too, at 26.4mpg, and the Flying Spur emits 250g/km of CO2, although thanks to the 90-litre fuel tank, a range of 520 miles is possible.

A number of minor styling changes set the V8 apart from the W12 Flying Spur. At the back there are twin figure-of-eight chrome exhaust tips, while the winged Bentley badges get a red centre – this is how the brand designates its V8 models. The front bumper grille is finished in black, with a wing-shaped mesh insert.

Go for the standard Flying Spur V8, and you get a single-piece rear bench, 19-inch alloys and a choice of seven exterior colours and four interior finishes.

For more luxury, you can upgrade to the Flying Spur V8 Mulliner, with diamond quilted leather seats, 20-inch five-spoke alloys and a 2+1 rear layout with fully adjustable, heated seats. Prices won’t be announced until the official launch at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, but if it follows the £11,910 difference between V8 and W12 versions of the Continental GT, we can expect the Flying Spur V8 to start from around £121,000 when it goes on sale later in the spring.

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