Bentley unveils V8-powered Flying SpurOctober 14, 2020
The flagship of the British brand has acquired a less powerful version
Bentley has revealed a new version of the Flying Spur sedan with a V8 engine that develops less horsepower than the W12. Along with the power, the weight of the car has also decreased, which Bentley claims has made it more “driver-oriented.”
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 weighs 100 kilograms lighter than the 6.0-liter W12 version. At the same time, most of the weight was removed from the nose due to the installation of a more compact engine, which led to improved handling and maneuverability.
Under the hood, a 4.0-liter V8 with twin turbocharging with a half-cylinder shutdown system at low loads was installed – the same is equipped with the Continental GT. The engine produces 550 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque and works in tandem with an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive with a front axle coupling.
From standstill to 100 kilometers per hour, the “light” Flying Spur accelerates in 4.1 seconds, and the maximum speed is 318 kilometers per hour. For comparison, a sedan with a W12 capacity of 635 hp and 900 Nm of torque spends 3.8 seconds for acceleration and can reach speeds of 333 kilometers per hour.
The Bentley Flying Spur equipment list includes Bentley Dynamic Ride Adaptive Suspension with adjustable spring rates, an optional 48-volt Active Rollback System, and an all-steering chassis.
The V8 sedan will be offered in four- and five-seat configurations with almost limitless customization options. The cars will go to the first customers in Europe at the end of 2020, with global deliveries starting next year.
In August, the Flying Spur got a package of carbon exterior elements called the Styling Specification, designed to give the sedan a sporty look. It includes a splitter, side sills, a rear diffuser and a spoiler lip on the edge of the boot lid.
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