The New Flying Spur S Looks Menacing

Head to the Goodwood Festival of Speed if you want to see it in the flesh and action.

Close on the heels of S-marked Continental GT and GTC, Bentley is back in action to complete the trinity. And that model that does so is the new Flying Spur S. You have to agree that the Luxobarge looks intimidating. Funnily though, that’s not the main highlight. What is, however, comes from under the bonnet. More on that in a bit. If you want to see the car in the flesh and in action at the earliest, you’ll have to get a ticket to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The gates open on June 23, 2022.

Okay, back to the unattended aspect. The engine. Unlike S versions of the GT and GTC, the Flying Spur S has two engine options. One is the same turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that also does duty in the model’s two-door siblings. That’s good for 550hp/770Nm, enough for a 0-100kmph sprint time of 4 seconds and a top speed of 319kmph. To deliver on that “driver-focused” dynamism, the British have packed it with Bentley Dynamic Ride and an electronic all-wheel steering system.

The other engine option makes this Flying Spur the first Bentley S model with a hybrid powertrain. That comprises a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine and an electric motor, co-delivering 544hp/750Nm. As a result, the standard sprint takes 4.1 seconds to complete, a mere 10th of a second off the V8’s time. And here’s the real kicker – you can drive it on electric power alone for up to 41km. With CO2 emissions clocked at 75g per km, the Flying Spur Hybrid S is jointly the most efficient Bentley yet.

Of course, the sedan boasts bespoke styling cues to stand out. On the outside, it comes with gloss black bumper grilles, a gloss black grille, dark-tinted headlamps and rear lights, black quad tailpipe finishers and S badging on the front fenders. With that, you can rope in 22-inch, five Y-spoke alloys in gloss black. If that’s a bit much, there is also an option for a new Pale Brodgar Satin finish. Alternatively, you could settle for the 21-inch tri-spoke wheels. Both sets come with red brake callipers.

For the cabin, there’s a choice for dual-tone upholstery, which uses a blend of leather and soft-napped Dinamica. Complementing that are the S design seats. Quilting, however, is still under the options list. And then there’s the driver instrumentation, which comes from the Continental GT Speed and takes inspiration from motorsport chronometers. Adding the finishing touch are the illuminated Bentley treadplates with ‘S’ branding and a metal S signature badge on the fascia.

As mentioned above, the Flying Spur S will be in action in less than two weeks at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In fact, the Continental GT S and GTC S will also debut and tackle the hill climb.

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Shivaum Punjabi
14 days ago

I just love this car!

Last edited 14 days ago by Shivaum Punjabi

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