▪ Better power, torque and response
▪ First four-door Bentley to 200mph (325km/h)
▪ Output up to 476kW/820Nm, 0-100 4.5sec
CREWE, England – Bentley Motors has (September 2016) announced a new flagship for the Flying Spur range that, the UK automaker says, blends luxury, style and power: the six-litre Bentley Flying Spur W12 S.
It’s a mighty engine originally assembled in Germany by VW for its Phaeton but now the work is done in the same English Midlands plant as the cars.
The new model is the first four-door Bentley to have a top speed in excess of 200 mph and, Bentley says, “offers a more sporting experience for owners looking for increased power, torque and responsiveness”.
The Flying Spur W12 S has, the automaker says, a number of dark styling cues “which hint at its new and improved dynamic capabilities”. ‘Blackware’ detailing – including radiator grille and light surrounds – a rear diffuser and (optional) carbon-fibre veneer “give the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match its enhanced performance”.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Flying Spur W12 S is the ultimate )well, so far anyway! – Editor) luxury performance sedan. It combines sharper dynamics and an increase in power from our renowned W12 engine with a more assertive exterior and interior design for customers looking for a Flying Spur with extra attitude.”
FASTEST FLYING SPUR YET
The extra power and torque, Dürheimer adds, has been extracted from its six-litre, twin-turbo, W12 engine through precise calibration and tuning: – though the changes are not huge: from 468 to 476kW and 800 to 820Nm, the latter from 2000rpm. The increases enable the car to reach 325km/h (203mph) – the first four-door Bentley to do so. And 0-100km/h is done in 4.5sec.
Power goes to the road through a 40:60 rear-biased torque split and the cars’ suspension has been tweaked to improve handling and traction. Carbon-ceramic disc brakes with either black or red callipers are an option.
There are also model-specific shock-absorber and stability control calibrations for “a more involving, agile, drive”; but, of course, the new flagship retains the refined ride of a luxury sedan for those who wish to be chauffeured – or, daringly, drive themselves.
Bentley says its design team has created an athletic character “that combines traditional Bentley styling with a sporting stance” and “sharp feature lines complement muscular haunches while diode daytime running lights, subtle ‘blackware’ and a choice of alloy wheels rims give the Flying Spur a modern, contemporary feel”.
Glossy black body-detailing and unique leather upholstery stitching also, the automaker says, “show the more assertive, darker, character of the Flying Spur W12 S”.
‘ASSERTIVE REAR BUMPER’
The glossy blackware also appears on the radiator and window surrounds, headlights, rear bumper, door-release inserts and headlight washer caps. A new W12 S badge on the D pillar also appears as a black ‘S’ on the front bumper, rear diffuser and external mirrors.
The front and rear light clusters receive a dark tint “while a new lower-bumper insert suggests a more assertive driving manner”.
Wheels rims offered on the Flying Spur W12 S are 21” seven-spoked with a gloss-black finish, the option is a 21” Sports five-spoked directional rim in gloss black or a dark tint.
Cabin styling is intended to enhance the car’sporting luxury aesthetic – “an exquisite handcrafted interior with a wider palette of colours, a new facia finish and unique stitching”.
PLATES AND PADDLES
Standard (is there such a thing for a Bentley? – Editor) cabin features include a black engine-spun finish to the facia and waist rails (opton: satin carbon-fibre); a W12 S head-restraint emblem in contrast or blind stitching; W12 S sill plates front and rear; three-spoked Sport Plus steering wheel with knurled gearshift paddles those last are options on other models).
A new colour-split unique to the car comes from using a single-tone interior with accents in one of 17 hide colours and unique contrast-stitching for the diamond quilting, the Sport Plus steering-wheel and the interior.
The Flying Spur also has a suite of technology for work or relaxation: a touchscreen with remote controls handles the aircon, wi-fi and other connectivity. We presume the chauffeur answers the phone – hands-free, of course.
Deliveries of the Flying Spur W12 S will commence at the end of 2016. The Corner will be happy to do a review… chauffeur not required.