The Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than the W12, imbuing it with an additional level of agility and responsiveness; it has a personality all of its own.
At the heart of the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine, producing 550PS (542bhp, 404kW) and delivering 770Nm of torque from less than 2000rpm, making it eminently usable in almost all conditions.
Eight perfectly balanced cylinders give the engine an unmistakable V8 roar, while allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0secs (0-100kph, 4.1 secs) and a top speed of 198 mph (318 kph).
To maximise fuel economy, the V8 can shut down four of its eight cylinders under light throttle loads, an imperceptible change to the occupants, which takes place in around 20 milliseconds. With longer driving between fuel stops, estimated at around 400 miles, thanks to this key fuel-saving technology – among other innovations – the Flying Spur V8 is not just ‘the best luxury sedan in the world’, but one of the finest Grand Tourers, too.