Bentley has provided the Flying Spur with a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 as an alternate offering to the flagship's 6,0-litre W12.
The VAG-sourced eight-cylinder mill sends 404 kW and 770 N.m of torque to all four corners. Together with a kerb weight that undercuts the W12 by 100 kg, it grants it a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4,1 seconds and a top speed of 318 km/h.
Over the last 10 years, Bentley has noticed that the Flying Spur's buyer profile has shifted from being chauffeur-driven to self-driven - 40 per cent of these owners travel with rear passengers at least once a week. Consequently, Bentley has placed greater emphasis upon driving engagement with this iteration of the Flying Spur.
Adaptive air suspension, brake-actuated torque vectoring, drive dynamics control, electric power steering and electronic all-wheel steering are among the measures applied to improve dynamic agility. Low-speed cylinder deactivation and a 48V electrical architecture will go some way to reducing the large saloon’s fuel consumption.
The cabin can be configured as a four- or five-seater and makes use of a new 12,3-inch rotating display. This system produces photorealistic landscapes through satellite maps and offers advance warning of changing road or traffic conditions via the local hazard information service.
For the rear patrons, an all-new touch screen remote has been fitted. This controls features such as the window blinds, rear seat massagers and rear climate control. It can also adjust the colour of the cabin's ambient lighting.