Bentley has revealed the long-awaited V8 version of the Flying Spur. On the program, a small slimming cure (- 100 kg), but a gain in agility.
It's a bit of a luxury sedan for the poor. Understand that this is the cheapest model in the Flying Spur range. If we could blame its W12 version for being thirsty all the time, the Crew firm offers a version with 4 fewer cylinders in order to reduce the pronounced taste for the drink that the Flying Spur had. But also to offer its customers a more reasonable entry level … If the purchase of a Bentley whatever it is can be reasonable.
The Flying Spur V8 therefore trades its 6.0-liter W12 for a smaller block and thus reduces its weight by 100 kg. So while the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 is a little less powerful and less torquey, this entry-level version is barely less capable. Indeed, the V8 develops 550 horsepower and 770 Nm of torque against 635 horsepower and 900 Nm for the W12. It cuts down from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.0 seconds while it takes only 3.8 for the version equipped with the 6.0-liter block. If you keep your foot on the floor long enough, this new Flying Spur V8 will take you up to 318 km / h, or 15 km / h slower than the W12 version.
Less horses but more fun?
This reduction in displacement, pistons and kilos especially lightens the front of the car. It should therefore be significantly more agile and more pleasant to drive. The Flying Spur W12 is already doing well in terms of dynamism, but with a V8 under the hood it will undoubtedly do better! The engine developed by Audi and Porsche (also used in the Bentayga and the Continental GT V8) has a cylinder deactivation technology, which cuts half of the cylinders below 3,000 rpm if the driver requires less than 235 Nm of torque by gently pressing the accelerator. That's enough to reduce the fuel bill by 17%.
Externally, it is difficult to distinguish the W12 version from the V8, apart from a few “V8” badges and a new four-way exhaust. It's the same story inside, Bentley luxury is still the order of the day. Bentley has yet to reveal pricing for this Flying Spur V8, but judging by the difference of around 11,000 euros between the Continental V8 and its W12 counterpart, we can imagine that it will be displayed around 186,000 euros.