Flying Spur Speed Completes Bentley Model Range

With the launch of the Flying Spur halo model, the performance-focused Speed, Bentley completes the introduction of its updated portfolio of premium luxury vehicles. In replacing the standard Flying Spur, the 466kW twin turbo Speed will be one of the final Bentley models to feature the iconic W12 engine.

The Flying Spur Speed brings with it 62kW more power and 130Nm more torque over the Flying Spur S and boasts a top speed of 333km/h and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.8 seconds.

Well regarded as an engaging and usable performance sedan, the Flying Spur Speed inspires confidence through its handling ability and balanced dynamic precision, predominantly due to the advanced active All-Wheel Drive, Electric All-Wheel Steering and Bentley Dynamic Ride systems.

Bentley has completed its new-look portfolio of Grand Tourers with the arrival of the Flying Spur Speed, the most driver-focused version of the Flying Spur luxury performance sedan family. 

The launch of the Speed completes the Flying Spur model range and mirrors the existing Continental GT and Bentayga range. Bentley says the Flying Spur Speed is its pinnacle performance model, and is the car of choice for any customer desiring a W12-powered Flying Spur, with the standard Flying Spur W12 having ceased production earlier this year.

The Flying Spur Speed sits above the S model and boasts an extra 62kW and 130Nm more torque, delivering an improvement of 0.4 secs to 100km/h and an increase in top speed up to 333km/h. With Electronic All Wheel Steering, Torque Vectoring by Brake technology and Bentley Dynamic Ride as standard, the agility matches the performance of its 466kW 6.0-litre twin turbocharged W12 engine. 

The familiar exterior Speed styling cues are apparent with dark tint finishes to front grilles, headlamps and tail lamps, and signature Speed badges on the lower wing. The unique 22” Speed wheel is standard, with finishes including Dark Tint, Gloss Black and silver painted. A second optional 22” sports design wheel is also available in Gloss Black or Pale Brodgar Satin.

The Flying Spur Speed also includes jewelled fuel and oil filler caps. To increase the performance-focused presence even further, Bentley’s Styling Specification (carbon fibre front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and subtle bootlid spoiler) and Blackline Specification are also available as options.

With an unmatched balance of performance and luxury, inside the cabin there is a new unique colour way including the use of Dinamica to all of the occupant touch points. Bentley uses Dinamica Pure – the difference over regular Dinamica specifically, is that it is made from 73% recycled Polyester.

In the driver’s information panel, new performance infotainment graphics can be seen, taking inspiration from luxury chronographs. The luxury theme continues with front and rear seat comfort specification as standard, including 24-way adjustment for the front seats and 14-way adjustment for the rear seats. All seats include heating, ventilation, massage and two memory positions. The cabin also includes sports pedals, Speed fascia badges and emblems and illuminated Speed inner and outer treadplates. 

The Flying Spur uses the same 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission as the Continental GT for smooth and refined acceleration, quicker gearshifts and improved fuel economy. Faster gearshifts are achieved by pre-selecting the next gear, shortening the interruption of torque to the wheels and so improving performance. 

The Flying Spur Speed has a clutched system which delivers drive to the rear axle. Depending on the road conditions and wheel slip, it will then automatically send drive to the front axle as required, as an active all-wheel drive system. Therefore turn-in response is also improved. The front end of the Flying Spur feels much lighter as a result, says Bentley, virtually eliminating the understeer effect experienced with fixed all-wheel drive, making the car feel more balanced overall. 

Torque distribution varies according to the selected Drive Dynamics Mode. In Comfort and Bentley modes, the system will send up to 480Nm of torque to the front axle to offer greater grip and driveability. In Sport, the system limits the available torque to the front axle to 280Nm, maintaining a higher torque level at the rear for a more dynamic feel. Torque is also managed across each axle by a torque-vectoring-by-brake system.

The Flying Spur Speed inspires confidence through its handling ability and balanced dynamic precision. This is predominantly due to the advanced active All-Wheel Drive, Electric All-Wheel Steering and Bentley Dynamic Ride. 

Electronic All-Wheel Steering is standard, which enhances both stability at highway speeds and manoeuvrability around town. During low-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. Bentley says this has the effect of shortening the wheelbase, reducing the turning circle, increasing agility and making parking noticeably easier. 

The Bentley Dynamic Ride System is designed to improve both handling and ride comfort. A 48-volt system controls an electronic actuator unit which manages the stiffness of the anti-roll bar, changing the stiffness on demand to combat cornering forces and keep the Flying Spur level. 

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