The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition adds an extra dash of style onto an already opulent luxury sedan. However, taking an initial look at it immediately raises the question why this special four-door deserves the dark name.
While buyers can get the Black Edition in the eponymous exterior color, the sedan is available with the rest of the large palette, too. Bentley keeps the dark accents restrained by giving the lights a shadowy tint and installing gloss black trim around the windows, on the mirrors, radiator, headlight washer caps, and door-handle inserts. The seven-spoke 21-inch wheels also have a shiny black finish. The brake calipers are available in either red or black.
The dark accents are really evident inside. The seats feature black center sections with red accent stripes on each side. Drivers grip a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and Piano Black veneers decorate the cabin.
The Black Edition is also available with the optional Mulliner Driving Specification. The higher-spec version adds diamond-quilted leather with contrasting stitching and 21-inch five-spoke wheels in either gloss black or dark tint finishes.
All versions of the Black Edition come with a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 with 521 horsepower (389 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Newton-meters) of torque. The all-wheel-drive system has a standard 40:60 front-rear torque split, and the sedan accelerates to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.9 seconds. Buyers of this luxury four-door can reach 190 mph (306 kph) in complete opulence.
Bentley has been rolling out special versions of the Flying Spur recently like the Design Series. This is likely because the next-generation sedan is currently under development, along with a new Continental GT coupe. They ride on Volkswagen Group's MSB platform like the latest Porsche Panamera, and the new architecture should contribute to a considerable weight loss. Look for the four-door's debut in 2018.
Gallery: Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition
BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 S BLACK EDITION: EXPERIENCE THE DARKER SIDE
- Darker, more purposeful styling celebrates the dynamic performance
of the Flying Spur V8 S
- Black Edition defined by dark tints lights, black gloss brightware,
unique wheel design and interior colour split
- 4.0-litre V8 S develops 528 PS (521 bhp) and 680 Nm (502 lb. ft)
(Crewe, 31 July 2017) Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition – the car of choice for customers seeking a luxury performance saloon with a more dynamic aesthetic.
The suite of striking exterior and interior features have been created by the British brand’s designers to reflect the car’s sporting character. Black gloss brightware, dark tint lights, gloss black window surrounds and door mirrors, and new wheels provide a more dynamic, contemporary commentary for the mighty power output of the V8 S engine.
Inside, a unique colour split, with striking new accents, is available to customers, while a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and Piano Black veneer comes as standard.
Tuned for more power, the 4.0-litre V8 engine delivers 528 PS (521 bhp) and 680 Nm (502 lb. ft.), which propels the Flying Spur to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds), and on to a top speed of 306 km/h (190 mph). This power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.
A Darker, More Dynamic Exterior
The headlights and tail lamps have a distinctive dark tint and black bezels, while the radiator and window surrounds, headlight washer caps and door-handle inserts are styled in a striking black gloss finish.
There is a bespoke alloy wheel design, unique to the Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition, in the form of a 21” seven-spoke Elegant pattern in a striking gloss black finish. Customers have the choice of black or red painted brake calipers, to complete the sporting enhancements.
A Sporting Luxury Interior
The unique interior is dominated by a single tone with bold, contrasting stripes of stitched leather hide that frame the four seats’ centre panels, running up and round the headrests. The same accent colour is matched by the contrasting headliner bow that runs through the centre of the roof.
The Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition also has Piano Black veneer and a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel as standard. It has contrast stitching to complete the bold, sporting appeal of the interior.
Of course, should customers wish for a different aesthetic, the interior can be specified with a full range of interior colours and colour splits.
Mulliner Driving Specification
When commissioned with the Mulliner Driving Specification, the Flying Spur
V8 S Black Edition comes with diamond-quilted hides in the seat and door panels, with contrast stitching for a more contemporary visual tone.
Externally, Mulliner Driving Specification gives customers the additional choice of two 21” five-spoke Directional Sports wheel finishes in gloss black or dark tint.
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