Bentley Motors has announced the introduction of a new flagship to the Flying Spur range, blending luxury, style and power: the Flying Spur W12 S.
The new model is the first four-door Bentley have a top speed in excess of 200mph (322km/h), and offers a more sporting experience for owners who desire increased power, torque and responsiveness.
The saloon features a number of dark styling cues which hint at its new and improved dynamic capabilities. A suite of blackware detailing, including Beluga gloss radiator grille and light surrounds, a rear diffuser and optional carbon fibre veneer, gives the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match its enhanced performance.
The Flying Spur W12 S features enhanced power and torque outputs from the mighty 6-litre twin-turbo W12 motor for a more dynamic drive. Through precise calibration and tuning, power has been increased from 616bhp to 626bhp and torque has been boosted from 800Nm to 820Nm. Full torque is available from just 2000rpm, making for a totally effortless driving experience.
This increase in power means that the car achieves a top speed of 202mph (325km/h) – the first four-door Bentley to breach the 200mph performance barrier. The initial sprint to 100km/h is dispatched in 4.5 seconds.
In modern Bentley tradition, power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.
Complementing these power upgrades is a new responsive suspension tune that improves handling and provides even more traction, while optional carbon-ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.
The new flagship Flying Spur has specific damper and stability control calibrations for a more involving, agile drive. Yet, due to its clever suspension setup, which retains the refined ride for which the Flying Spur W12 is renowned, the S derivative remains a luxury saloon for those who wish to be chauffeured, as well as those who choose to drive.
Bentley’s design team has created an athletic character that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance. Sharp feature lines complement muscular rear haunches, while LED daytime running lights, subtle blackware elements and a choice of stylish alloy wheels afford the Flying Spur a contemporary feel.
From new gloss-black detailing on the bodywork, to the unique leather stitching, the new exterior and interior styling reflects the more assertive, darker character of the vehicle.
There is full exterior gloss blackware for the radiator and window surrounds, lights, rear bumper, door handle inserts and headlight washer caps. A new W12 S badge on the D-pillar features a black “S”, while the sporty front bumper design, Beluga gloss rear diffuser and door mirrors, and gloss-black front radiator matrix are adopted from the new Flying Spur V8 S. The wheels offered are 21-inch seven-spoke with a new gloss-black finish, or a new optional 21-inch Sports five-spoke directional design finished in either gloss black or a dark tint.
Inside, the Bentley boasts styling cues designed to enhance its sporting luxury aesthetic, with the exquisite handcrafted interior offering a wider palette of colours, a new fascia finish and unique stitching. New standard interior features include a unique black engine-spin finish to the fascia and waistrails (a satin carbon fibre finish is an option); a W12 S headrest emblem in contrast or blind stitching; W12 S treadplates for the front and rear; a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and knurled gearshift paddles, which are only available as options on other models.
A new colour split unique to this model has been created using a single-tone interior with accents in one of 17 hide colours, and unique contrast stitching to the diamond quilting, the Sport Plus steering wheel and the interior.
Read our review of another speedy Bentley saloon, the Mulsanne Speed.