What’s a Bentley Flying Spur V8 S then?

In a word, ‘sporty’. Compared to the standard Flying Spur V8, the S has sportier performance, sportier handling and sportier styling.

What do I need to know?

Power from the Flying Spur’s rather epic 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 motor has been upped to 521bhp and 502lb/ft of torque (the standard car produces 500bhp), which slingshots this 2.4-ton beast from 0-62mph in just 4.9secs, 0.3secs quicker than the cooking version. Top speed is 190mph.

We’re not sure it’s entirely relevant to the people who will be buying this car, but Bentley claims respectable economy numbers of 25.9mpg with Co2 emissions of 254g/km, thanks to cylinder shut-down tech. Perhaps more importantly, the V8 S has a range of up to 520 miles, enough to get through France with one fill up.

‘S’ mode sharpens up throttle response and locks out seventh gear. The stability control has been retuned to allow more wheel slip at higher speeds (the four-wheel-drive system is split 40:60 front to rear). The suspension and dampers have been recalibrated as well for improved handling and body control with little degradation in ride comfort.

Styling changes amount to a black grille, gloss rear diffuser, painted 20in wheels and piano black interior trim. Yet more black bits are available if you dig into the options list.

Anything else?

Carbon ceramic brakes are optional and, if you plan on driving with any vim, necessary.

When can I buy one?

Soon. Deliveries are due to start in summer.

How much will it cost?

Bentley hasn’t said yet, but somewhere between the £142k V8 and £153k W12. Before you start ticking option boxes, which can add up very quickly.

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By Only Motors