The current generation Bentley Flying Spur is a car that we know well, having driven it extensively on the international launch. You can read that comedy of errors by clicking this link.

Until now the limousine family of the Bentley range has been available in just two models, but the Crewe-based firm has just announced an extension of the range. Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show soon is the Bentley Flying Spur V8 S.

V8 S makes three
The new model takes its place between the Flying Spur V8 and family flagship W12. As the S moniker denotes this derivative is tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension, offering a more focused, precise driving experience.

More Power
Bentley’s 4,0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine develops an additional 15 kW, 388 kW compared to its V8 sibling’s 373 kW. 680 N.m  is on offer from just 1 700 r/min. Bentley say that the Flying Spur V8 S can sprint to 100 km/h in 4,9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 306 km/h.

Power is delivered via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for sure-footed roadholding on all roads and weather conditions.

The new Flying Spur V8 S returns a combined cycle fuel economy of 10,9 L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 254 g/km. That impressive fuel consumption figure is due in part to variable displacement, in which four of the eight cylinders shut down when cruising. When more power is required, the engine switches back automatically and seamlessly to the full eight cylinders.

Sharper Handling
Handling duties are handled by an aluminium double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control. Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system helps improve handling performance and ensures minimal degradation in ride comfort.

The Electronic Stability Control has been recalibrated to allow increased wheel slip at higher speeds. Optional carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.

Visual upgrades
The V8 S has an exclusive front grille treatment; a combination of black grille with a body-coloured insert. V8 S badging on the rear haunch, V8 S treadplates and 20-inch open-spoke painted wheels further differentiate the V8 S from its siblings.

Piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are standard, while a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles will be felt by those who prefer to take control of cog-swapping duties over the transmission.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability. It’s the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive.”