Augmenting the V8 and the W12 variants, the Bentley Flying Spur V8 ‘S’ has debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, and it places itself between both these automobiles. It is a bit more aggressive version of the normal V8, but not as mental as the W12, obviously. The Flying Spur V8 S brings along a tremendous amount of sportiness, that has been made very evident by the mean dark tinted headlights, a black radiator grille, the gloss blackish rear diffuser and the 20-inch standard wheels with the magnanimous 21-inch alloy wheels as an option.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S is powered by the automaker’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, that churns out 521 HP and 680 Nm of torque. All this power is sent to all four wheels, through an efficient and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Bentley has engineered the drivetrain to distribute the power in a 60:40 ratio, making it rear-biased.
These figures are a notch above the regular Flying Spur V8, which produces 21 horses lesser using the same engine. A pretty impressive time of 4.9 seconds is recorded by the V8 S, to reach the 100kmph mark from standstill. A self-levelling air suspension with a re-callibrated Continuous Damping Control system work together to reinforce the stability of the car, all of which reduces the body roll to a great extent.
The environmental friendly ‘variable displacement’ technology reduces the fuel consumption by shutting off some cylinders (when not required) while cruising. A top speed of 306 kmph adorns the speedometer, which is placed on a piano-black veneer dashboard behind the three-spoke sports steering wheel. The driver finds himself clutching a knurled gear lever and toying with the knurled shift paddles. And yes, if you ever forget that you’re in a V8 S, then the multiple logos on the headrest (and many other places inside the car) will remind you that you have bought a truly remarkable luxury car, which is capable of being pushed to the limits and could be thrown around in every corner and straights!
The Flying Spur V8 ‘S’ adds a lot more to the platter and will make it difficult for you to decide, which one to go for! But this one seems like the best option, with its outright performance and the not-so-thirsty-for-petrol characteristic, when compared to the W12 model. You can catch this Brit right now, till the time it is showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It is expected to be in the markets soon, probably a month or two after the Geneva Motor Show ends.