2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Gains Sporty Flair

by Bill P.

Bentley’s Flying Spur swagmobile adds major torque for its new S model. Taking its place between the Flying Spur V8 and the flagship w12, the V8 S is tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension.

2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S
2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

“The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability, said Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors. “It’s the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive.”

With 190 mph on the dash and a 520 mile range I definitely agree.


Major Pros

Bentley’s black matrix grille is standard with a body-colored insert as well as a Beluga gloss rear diffuser.

The new superior sedan has LED daytime running lights, 20” open-spoke painted wheels and V8 S badging on the rear haunch and tread plates.

The Flying Spur V8 S has optional dark-tint lights (front and rear), black gloss exterior mirror covers and a unique Mulliner Driving Specification 21” black and bright machined six-spoke wheels.

Bentley’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 S engine develops an additional 21 PS, delivering 520 horsepower. A mighty 502 lb-ft is available from 1,700 rpm. This powers the Flying Spur V8 S from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, shaving 0.3 seconds from the V8’s already athletic sprint time. Top speed is 190 mph.

2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S
2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

The high-technology V8 engine also features high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, advanced thermal management, energy recuperation via the electrical charging system and innovative turbocharger packaging for greater efficiency.

An all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split helps the Flying Spur hug the corners.

The increased performance is achieved without detriment to the V8 engine’s impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions, or its ability to cover more than 520 miles between fill-ups.

Variable displacement, in which four of the eight cylinders shut down when cruising, reduces fuel consumption without any loss of refinement gives the Flying Spur V8 S a 520 mile driving range on a single tank, and a combined fuel economy of 25.9 mpg.

Revisions made to both the engine and transmission calibrations have sharpened throttle response and made the Flying Spur V8 S’s power accessible lower down the rev range. In ‘S’ mode, drivers will find a sharper-still throttle response and additional engine braking from the transmission. Eighth gear is locked out when ‘S’ mode is engaged and the knurled paddle shifters are harmonized with the car’s new, sportier side.

2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S
2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

The new Flying Spur V8 S features a new responsive suspension tuning for the Flying Spur V8 S improves handling and body control. Aluminum double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control maintains dynamic control like a private jet.

Careful calibration of the Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system helps improve handling performance and ensures minimal degradation in ride comfort.

The Electronic Stability Control is also optimized for the Flying Spur V8 S. The retuned system allows increased wheel slip at higher speeds with engine torque reinstated more quickly after a system intervention.

Optional carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.


Inside the cabin, piano-black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel are standard as well as a knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles. Two-tone sheets with contrast center bow and optional contrast stitched headrests are also featured.

A semi-aniline hide option is now available in W12 and V8 S models.

2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S interior
2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S interior

An innovative Touch Screen Remote, deployed from the veneered rear center console at the touch of a button, allows control of the car’s climate and infotainment systems from the comfort of the rear seat, while the optional Multimedia Specification brings an extensive Rear Seat Entertainment system.

The Flying Spur is available with a WiFi hotspot making the Flying Spur the ultimate car for work and relaxation.