Bentley Flying Spur (2013–)
- February 2013: Bentley unveils the new Flying Spur
- February 2014: New V8 engine added to Flying Spur range
- June 2015: Beluga Specification introduced for Flying Spur V8
- February 2016: Flying Spur V8 S launched
- September 2016: Bentley Flying Spur W12 S introduced
Bentley unveils the new Flying Spur
Sharp feature lines complement muscular rear haunches, while LED day-time running lights, dipped headlights and taillights characterise the front and rear profiles. The interior designers have created a luxurious, spacious cabin that dresses advanced acoustic and electronic technologies in exquisite hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers.
Driver and passengers alike interface with the car and the outside world through touch-screen infotainment, mobile connectivity including Wi-Fi, a Rear Seat Entertainment suite and a new hand-held Touch Screen Remote which allows rear-cabin occupants to control an extensive range of features from the comfort of their seat. An eight-channel, eight-speaker audio system with Balanced Mode Radiators provides high quality sound clarity, with the 1100W Naim for Bentley premium system available as an option.
Powering the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to a ZF eight-speed transmission. Developing 625 PS (616 bhp) and 800 Nm of torque, the new Flying Spur features more power than any other Bentley four-door in history. A 14 per cent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio over the outgoing model delivers a breath-taking 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top-speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). In the modern Bentley tradition, power is delivered to the road via all-wheel drive with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.
The new door structures are completely redesigned with fewer individual parts for improved quality and refinement. An optimisation of the doors realised through efficient use of materials contributes to much improved door kinematics and feel. Meanwhile, further weight savings are achieved through the crafting of the bootlid in a polymer composite material that also integrates the main antennae for the car’s electronic systems.
The exterior design, manufacturing processes and carefully optimised materials selections combine to provide a bodyshell that is not only muscular and clean, with minimal shutlines, but also one that performs exceptionally well on the road. With a torsional stiffness of 36,500 Nm/degree, a 4% increase over the previous generation Flying Spur, the new bodyshell provides an extremely rigid platform for the chassis components and a stable foundation for NVH reduction. The sleek shape also has outstanding aerodynamic properties for a large sedan, with an overall drag coefficient of just 0.29 and ensuing benefits to emissions performance.
Weight savings in the body structure and throughout the car mean that the new Flying Spur is 50 kg lighter than the first generation car, despite the additional refinement measures, enhanced technology specification and stronger structure.
|New Flying Spur|
|Type||6-litre twin-turbocharged W12|
|Max Power||616 bhp / 460 kW / 625 PS @6000 rev/min|
|Max Torque||800 Nm / 590 lb.ft @ 2000 rev/min|
|Type||ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift|
|Driveline||Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)|
|Ratios||1 st : 4.71; 2 nd : 3.14; 3 rd : 2.1; 4 th : 1.67; 5 th : 1.29; 6 th : 1.00; 7 th : 0.839; 8 th : 0.667|
|Front||405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)|
|Rear||335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)|
|Wheels and Tyres|
|Wheels||New 19" (2 finishes), opt 9.5J x 20", opt 9.5J x 21" (3 designs)|
|Tyres||275/45 ZR19, 275/40 ZR20, 275/35 ZR21|
|Type||Rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic|
|Turning circle||11.7 m / 38.4 feet|
|Front||Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar|
|Rear||Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar|
|Damping||Continuous Damping Control|
|Wheelbase||3065 mm / 120.7 in|
|Overall length||5295 mm / 208.5 in|
|Width (across body)||1976 mm / 77.8 in|
|Width (inc. mirrors)||2208 mm / 86.9 in|
|Overall height||1488 mm / 58.6 in|
|Fuel tank||90 litres / 20 UK gallons / 24 US gallons|
|Boot volume||475 litres / 16.8 cu ft|
|Kerb weight (EU)||2475 kg / 5451 lb|
|Gross vehicle weight||2972 kg / 6546 lb|
|Top speed||200 mph / 322 km/h|
|0-60 mph||4.3 secs|
|0-100 mph||9.5 secs|
|0-100 km/h||4.6 secs|
|0-160 km/h||9.5 secs|
|Fuel Consumption (EU cycle)*|
|Urban||12.6 mpg (22.4 litres/100 km)|
|Extra Urban||27.8 mpg (10.2 litres/100 km)|
|Combined||19.2 mpg (14.7 litres/100 km)|
|CO 2 emissions||343 g /km|
|Fuel Consumption (EPA cycle)**|
|City (US mpg)||12|
|Highway (US mpg)||20|
|Combined (US mpg)||15|
|Emissions Controls||EU 5 and US LEV II|
New V8 engine added to Flying Spur range
Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine develops 507PS and 660 Nm, powering the Flying Spur V8 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds) and on to a top speed of 183 mph. This impressive performance comes with a fuel range of 520 miles, thanks to the highly efficient engine that includes cylinder deactivation, intelligent thermal management and electrical recuperation.
As in the Flying Spur W12, the engine feeds power through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission to a continuous all-wheel drive system that provides reassuring stability and traction in all road and weather conditions. With ride comfort of vital importance, the independent computer-controlled air suspension of the Flying Spur V8 maximises impact absorption and isolation.
Subtle styling differentiates the Flying Spur V8 from its flagship W12 sibling. Figure of eight chromed exhaust finishers signify the alternative powertrain, while the famous Bentley winged badge receives the usual red centre to denote the V8 engine. The front bumper grilles are finished in black, with a black “wing” insert.
The Flying Spur V8 comes complete with a suite of on-board 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, while the optional Multimedia Specification brings an extensive Rear Seat Entertainment system.
The Flying Spur V8 has a monotone interior colour split, Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus wood veneer, a single-piece three-person rear seat, single front armrest, 19” Classic alloy wheels in a painted finish and a choice of seven exterior paints and four interior colours.
Customers wishing to upgrade their Flying Spur V8 can opt for the Flying Spur V8 Mulliner. The Mulliner Driving Specification adds diamond quilting, a knurled gear lever, drilled alloy pedals, an indented leather headlining, “Jewel” fuel and oil filler caps and embroidered Bentley wings to all headrests. 20-inch five-spoke painted alloy wheels are fitted as standard, as is the 4+1 rear seat system including fully adjustable seats with lumbar support and seat heating. The standard veneer range is extended to include luxurious Dark Stained Burr Walnut and Piano Black finishes, while the full range of 17 hide colours and four additional colour splits is available.
Beluga Specification introduced for Flying Spur V8
The contemporary trim level affords the Flying Spur sedan a more athletic stance and purposeful visual appeal. Featuring exclusive 20-inch Black and Bright machined alloy wheels, a gloss black radiator matrix and a body-coloured lower grille bar, the Beluga specification is the perfect enhancement for a modern performance saloon that perfectly blends craft and comfort.
Inside the Flying Spur V8’s sumptuous handcrafted cabin, buyers will find swathes of piano black veneer, knurled gear shift paddles, contrast stitching to the luxurious seats and steering wheel as well as deep pile floor mats and boot carpet with contrasting leather binding.
When customers also specify the highly popular Mulliner Driving Specification, in combination with Beluga specification, the striking 21” 6-spoke Extrovert wheel is included. The Mulliner Driving Specification includes features such as diamond quilted hides, a knurled gear lever, drilled alloy pedals and an indented hide headlining.
In 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 guise it develops 507 PS (500 bhp), sprinting from 0-62 mph in just 5.2 seconds while at the same time offering a single-tank range of 500 miles. The athletic design of the Flying Spur combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a dynamic stance and contemporary details, further enhanced in the Beluga specification.
Designed for comfort and refinement, the Flying Spur has benefitted from a suite of upgrades and enhancements for 2015. The exquisite cabin gains modern and tactile new features (as well as onboard WiFi) to maintain Bentley’s reputation for interior style and usability.
Flying Spur V8 S launched
The Flying Spur V8 S features a number of sporting styling cues which hint at its new and improved sporting capabilities. A black radiator grille and rear diffuser along with a unique grille insert give the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match its enhanced performance.
Tuned for power, Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine develops an additional 21PS, delivering 528PS. A mighty 680Nm is on offer from 1,700 rpm. This powers the Flying Spur V8 S to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds).
The increased performance is achieved without detriment to the V8 engine’s impressive fuel economy and CO 2 emissions, or its ability to cover more than 837 km (520 miles) between fill-ups. The new Flying Spur V8 S returns a combined cycle fuel economy of 25.9 mpg and emissions of 254 g/km.
Complementing these power upgrades, a new responsive suspension tuning for the Flying Spur V8 S improves handling and body control, while the aluminium double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control ensure that the Flying Spur’s legendary refinement is maintained.
The Flying Spur V8 S receives dark and sporting exterior highlights. Bentley’s iconic matrix grille is black as standard and together with a Beluga gloss rear diffuser give the Flying Spur V8 S a dramatic on-road presence.
The V8 S is clearly defined with a new and exclusive front grille treatment; a combination of black grille with a body-coloured insert. V8 S badging on the rear haunch, V8 S treadplates and 20” open-spoke painted wheels further reveal the model’s identity, mirroring those of its Continental GT V8 S stablemate.
For those wishing to display an even more extreme look, the Flying Spur V8 S can be specified with an array of aggressive, dark styling elements. Dark-tint lights (front and rear), black gloss exterior mirror covers and a unique Mulliner Driving Specification 21” black and bright machined six-spoke wheel can all be specified to menacing effect.
Inside the cabin, changes are perfectly matched to the sporting exterior. Piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are standard, while a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles add tactility to the driving experience. A colour split unique to the V8 S features stunning two-tone seats with a contrasting roof centre bow. V8 S headrest stitching is also offered.
Bentley Flying Spur W12 S introduced
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.
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 625PS to 635PS and torque from 800Nm to 820Nm for a more dynamic drive. Full torque is available from just 2000 rpm, making for a totally effortless driving experience.
This increase in power means that the Flying Spur W12 S achieves a top speed of 202 mph – the first four-door Bentley to exceed the 200 mph performance barrier. The initial sprint to 62mph is dispatched in 4.5 seconds.
The wheels offered on the Flying Spur W12 S are 21-inch 7-spoke with a new gloss-black finish, or a new optional 21-inch 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.