After detailing their V8-powered Flying Spur last month, Bentley has now announced that production and deliveries for the lightest member of the range are already underway.
The new Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than the W12 version, which, according to the carmaker, makes it more agile and responsive, “with a distinctive personality of its own.” Power comes from a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 that’s good for 542 HP (550 PS) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm).
It needs just 4 seconds flat in order to hit 60 mph (96 km/h), or 4.1 seconds if you’re counting to 100 km/h (62 mph), and hits an 198 mph (318 km/h) top speed. Its WLTP driving range is rated at 441 miles (709 km), with an average fuel consumption of 12.7 liters / 100 km (18.5 mpg).
“The new Flying Spur V8 is the newest addition to our family of luxury grand tourers, built in our carbon neutral factory in Crewe. Around 100 hours of skilled hand craftsmanship go into each and every Flying Spur, in a factory running entirely on renewable or sustainably-sourced power. The Flying Spur V8 becomes our tenth model in production at the moment, and we’re really looking forward to getting the first cars to their lucky new owners,” said board member Peter Bosch.
The V8-powered Flying Spur also comes with multiple chassis advancements such as Adaptive Air Suspension, Torque Vectoring by Brake, Drive Dynamics Control, and Electric Steering, all of which are standard. Meanwhile, the 48V electric active anti-roll tech (Bentley Dynamic Ride) and Electronic All-Wheel Steering are both optional.
Nevertheless, a very important piece of tech is the V8’s cylinder-deactivation system that engages under light-load conditions, thus improving fuel economy.