The driver’s version of the giant luxury sedan
Trades power, weight for agility, range
Production of Bentley‘s latest model has started. The V8 Flying Spur is in production at Crewe, with the automaker calling it the world’s first carbon-neutral luxury car factory.
Assembly of the Flying Spur takes more than 100 hours, the automaker says, which is around five times what a conventional vehicle would take to be built. The 542 hp version of the car, with its 4.0L twin-turbo V8 tips the scales at 100 kg less than the more powerful V12, but it delivers the added luxury of longer range (fewer trips to the petrol station) and the benefit to everyone of a 15 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. Just 299 g/km, or about three times your typical compact.
Bentley said that its COVID protocols have production at 100 percent, so if your Flying Spur is on order, it shouldn’t be overly delayed. When it arrives, you can look forward to 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and a top-end of 318 km/h, and cylinder deactivation under light loads.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 is offered in four and five-seat versions, and comes with adaptive air suspension, electric steering, and can be fitted with 48V active anti-roll technology dubbed Bentley Dynamic Ride.
Surprisingly for the luxury manufacturer, this is the 10th model in production right now, though that counts different engine choices as separate models. The car now offers Apple CarPlay as well as a drinks cooler in the back that can chill to 6°C or ice to -6°, and can hold six cans or a pair of standard bottles of champagne. The cooler is a new design, so cuts much less into boot space, Bentley says.