Have you ever looked at a British Dignitary and thought “it’d be great if he could go 200mph?” Of course you have. We all have. It’s only natural. Sadly though, strapping roller-skates and rockets to Prince Philip and hoping for the best is somewhat frowned upon. Don’t worry though, the new Bentley Flying Spur S has you covered. Already a home for the mighty W12 engine, the spanner-turners in the Crewe factory have managed to squeeze a 200mph+ top speed out of the beast. Impressive.
The S model means more power. We’re now looking at 626bhp, bringing with it 605lbft. That means this mobile manor house can now grab 60mph from a standing start in just 4.2 seconds. That. Is. Astounding. Have you seen a Flying Spur in the metal? They are NOT small.
All about the sport
It might be a four door saloon, but that hasn’t stopped Bentley from making it sporty. Think of it as a country house GTi. But with more carbon fibre. For example, you don;t have to have one of the many walnut veneers, you can have your dash and trimmings dripping with the lightweight stuff. Nice. The interior, while supremely luxurious as you’d expect is also designed to keep you comfy when cornering, care of more supportive seats.
Then there’s the look. The latest generation rear end is a welcome sight, with the taillights now looking like they belong, rather than an afterthought. The front end has been given a more aggressive bumper design, nodding to its sporting desires. The 21 inch alloys could make a rapper blush. They also work with the car from a visual standpoint, which is good. Still, we’re a bit hurt Bentley ignored our suggestion of chromed TSW Venoms. Can’t win them all.
The Flying Spur, in any guise, is a big sod. You need to make sure that if you’re messing around with 626bhp in something big enough to have its own post code, it can put it to the ground. Happily, care of Bentley’s tried and tested four-wheel-drive system, it can.
We’ve driven the ‘normal’ W12 Flying Spur and can happily report that it felt secure and planted, and remarkably tight. The S, with revised and more responsive suspension and steering, coupled with the all-wheel-drive should be an absolute riot to fling around. In a restrained, upper-class way, obviously.
Deliveries of the Flying Spur S will commence at the end of the year. As for the price, if you need to ask, you can’t afford it.