Bentley has announced the Flying Spur will be offered with a V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine.

Bentley has announced the Flying Spur will be offered with a V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine.

Up until now the Flying Spur was available exclusively with a massive W12 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine rated at 617 bhp (460 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), but now there's a second option in the form of a smaller V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo. The motor delivers 500 bhp (373 kW) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft) of torque sent to the all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The V8-powered Flying Spur will need 5.2 seconds to get from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and will be able to reach a top speed of 183 mph (295 km/h). Thanks to systems such as cylinder deactivation, electrical recuperation and intelligent thermal management, the model is capable of providing a 520 mile (840 km) range.

Compared to the W12 Flying Spur, the V8 model can be visually distinguished by its black front bumper grilles, figure eight-shaped chromed exhaust pipes and a red center for the Bentley winged badge. Customers can select from seven exterior and four interior colors and they can also configure the model with an optional Multimedia Specification packing a more extensive rear-seat entertainment system.

There's also a Touch Screen Remote deployable from the Flying Spur's veneered rear center console by simply pressing a button which will grant the rear passengers with control of the infotainment and climate systems. Opt for the Mulliner Driving Specification and you also get a knurled gear lever, diamond quilting, indented leather headlining and drilled alloy pedals as well as more interior hues and five-spoke 20-inch alloys.

Deliveries of the V8 Bentley Flying Spur will commence this spring.

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