With an output of 528 PS and 680 Nm of torque, Bentley's new Flying Spur V8 S is all set to take its place between the entry level V8 and the W12 flagship.
The "S" gets a black matrix grille, the Beluga gloss rear diffuser, 20" open-spoke painted wheels, plus goodies such as Piano-black wood veneers, two-tone seats and a contrasting roof center bow inside to distinguish itself from the rest of the range.
Customers looking for an even more aggressive appearance can get the car with an array of dark-colored styling elements such as tinted lights, gloss black exterior mirror covers and a unique Mulliner Driving Specification 21" black & bright machined six-spoke wheel.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 was tuned to put down an additional 21 PS, bringing the total to 528 PS (521 BHP/388 kW) to go with its 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of peak torque. In comparison, the "non-S" V8 is good for 507 PS.
The added muscle helps the Flying Spur V8 S reach a top speed of 306 km/h (190 mph), whereas the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is achieved in just 4.9 seconds. Despite the increase in performance, the V8 S will still be able to cover more than 837 km (520 miles) between fill-ups, and use up only 10.9 l/100km (25.9 mpg) in a combined cycle. As for CO2 emissions, we're looking at 254 g/km.
In order to make the Flying Spur V8 S' power more accessible from lower down the rev range, Bentley made revisions to both the engine as well as the transmission. The car will feel even sportier when placed into 'S' mode, with even sharper throttle response and additional engine braking from the transmission. The power reaches the road via an all-wheel drive system with a rear-biased torque split (40:60), and the suspension has received a new setup for more responsive handing.
The entire Flying Spur range has also been upgraded for 2016 with the addition of a few extra optional features. Now available on both the W12 as well as the new V8 S is a semi-aniline hide option, giving the cabin a more comfortable, luxurious and natural feel according to the British luxury car manufacturer. Furthermore, the leather seats feature new straight-fluting for visual impact, while the Mulliner Driving Specification now has a small diamond quilting pattern which is supposed to resemble tailored British jacket.
The Flying Spur now comes complete with a Touch Screen Remote with the help of which owners will be able to control the car's climate and infotainment systems without having to move from the rear seat. Also available is an optional Multimedia Specification which brings an extensive Rear Seat Entertainment system.
Of course, while riding inside the Flying Spur, you will be treated to WiFi connectivity - in case you need to get some work done or relax while browsing the web.
"The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability", said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman & chief executive of Bentley Motors. "It's the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive."
Bentley's new Flying Spur V8 S will be making its global debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March, with first customer deliveries set to begin in the summer.