The Bentley Flying Spur – hailed as “the best luxury sedan in the world” – is now available with Bentley’s renowned and highly successful V8 powertrain, as an alternative to the iconic W12.
The V8 will also be familiar to anyone who’s driven a higher-end modern Porsche or Audi, as it’s the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter unit found in many other Volkswagen Group products.
In the Flying Spur it produces 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, down from the W12 Spur’s 626 hp and 664 lb-ft.
The V8 features cylinder deactivation for better fuel economy, and like with the W12, all-wheel drive is standard.
Packing 542 horsepower and 568 pounds of torque, the four-liter turbocharged V8 has a top speed of 198 miles per hour and is capable of a zero-to-62 time of 4.1 seconds.
The Flying Spur V8, with its enormous fuel capacity, can take the vehicle over 400 miles on a full tank, and efficiency is a major benefit — a cylinder-deactivation system turns off half the V8 cylinders when power is not required.
Furthermore, the new super sedan is 220 pounds lighter than the W12 model, enabling increased agility with a significantly lower carbon footprint.
Bentley.. The New 2021 Flying Spur V8
Bentley’s Flying Spur V8 will roll out at the end of this year in Europe and the U.K., followed by other markets in 2021.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 offers a more driver-centric experience via increased agility and a more characterful engine note, whilst benefiting from increased range between fuel stops and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
At the heart of the vehicle is Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine, that produces a peak power of 550PS (542bhp, 404kW) and uses twin-scroll turbos to reach its maximum torque of 770Nm at just under 2000 rpm.
To maximise fuel economy, the V8 can shut down four of its eight cylinders under light-load conditions, when torque demand is below 235 Nm and engine speed is below 3000 rpm.
The change is imperceptible to the occupants – with deactivation times of around 20 milliseconds (a tenth of the time it takes to blink).
What makes the V8 even more appealing is the price. The Flying Spur V8 will start at $198,725, including a $2,725 destination charge, which makes it $20,700 cheaper than the W12 model. Bentley says deliveries of the V8 will start later this year in Europe and the UK, with the US and other countries to follow in early 2021.