The "S" added at the end of the Flying Spur W12’s name brings a 10 horsepower (7 kilowatts) and 15 pound-feet (20 Newton-meters) boost for the meaty biturbo 6.0-liter W12. Now developing a massive 626 hp (467 kW) and 605 lb-ft (820 Nm), the upgraded engine has given birth to the first production Bentley with four doors to surpass 200 mph, reaching 202 mph (325 kph) to be exact. Before it gets there, it needs four and a half seconds to hit 62 mph (100 kph), so it’s a tenth of a second quicker than the non-S model which maxes out at "only" 199 mph (320 kph).
All that power is channeled to both axles, but the rear wheels are getting 60 percent of the engine’s output to enable what Bentley describes as being a ‘sure-footed, engaging drive’ regardless of the road. The bump in power is complemented by a special tune for the suspension which aims to improve handling and provide extra traction.
Matching the extra grunt coming from the W12 is an optional carbon ceramic brake kit that can be had with either black or red calipers. Compared to the standard twelve-cylinder Flying Spur, the hotter "S" model also has a different calibration for dampers as well as for the stability control system. It’s all for the sake of giving the massive sedan a livelier feel, despite its considerable weight of 2,475 kilograms (5,451 pounds) in non-S specification.
Besides implementing these mechanical tweaks, Bentley has also made some subtle cosmetic revisions by adopting glossy black body accents and seven-spoke, 21-inch wheels that have a similar finish. In addition, the headlight and taillight clusters have been given a black tint, while the lower bumper insert lends the model a more aggressive appearance. The front radiator grille featuring a glossy black finish has been borrowed from the Flying Spur V8 S, as was the Beluga rear diffuser and the side mirror caps. As a final touch, there’s a new "W12 S" badge located on the D-pillar to let everyone know it’s not the regular Flying Spur W12.
Stepping inside the cabin, Bentley has installed a new three-spoke steering wheel and knurled gearshift paddles, along with different stitching and the ‘W12 S’ emblem embroidered on the headrest. There’s also a fancy black engine-spin finish on the fascia and waist rails which can be optionally had with a satin carbon fiber-like design. Rounding off the list of changes is a fresh two-tone theme with both contrast stitching and diamond quilting.
Bentley says it will begin deliveries of the Flying Spur W12 S before the year’s end.
Gallery: Bentley Flying Spur W12 S
BENTLEY FLYING SPUR W12 S: ULTIMATE FOUR-DOOR STYLE AND POWER
SEP 7, 2016
- Increased power, torque and responsiveness
- First four-door Bentley with top speed above 200 mph (325 km/h)
- Outputs increase to 635 PS (626 bhp) and 820 Nm (605 lb. ft.); 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds)
- Dark, sporting exterior aesthetic; unique interior styling features
- Revised suspension offers improved body control and handling without sacrificing comfort
(Crewe, 7 September 2016) Bentley Motors is today announcing the introduction of a new flagship to the Flying Spur range, blending luxury, style and power: the Flying Spur W12 S.
The new model is the first four-door Bentley to have a top speed in excess of 200 mph, and offers a more sporting experience for owners looking for increased power, torque and responsiveness.
The Flying Spur W12 S features a number of dark styling cues which hint at its new and improved dynamic capabilities. A suite of blackware detailing – including Beluga gloss radiator grille and light surrounds – a rear diffuser and optional carbon fibre veneer gives the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match its enhanced performance.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Flying Spur W12 S is the ultimate luxury performance sedan. It combines sharper dynamics and an increase in power from our renowned W12 engine with a more assertive exterior and interior design for customers looking for a Flying Spur with extra attitude.”
200 MPH+ Performance – The Fastest Flying Spur Yet
The Flying Spur W12 S features enhanced power and torque outputs from the mighty 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine. Through precise calibration and tuning, engine power is increased from 625 PS to 635 PS (626 bhp) and torque from 800 Nm to 820 Nm (605 lb. ft.) for a more dynamic drive. Full torque is available from just 2,000 rpm, making for a totally effortless driving experience.
This increase in power means that the Flying Spur W12 S achieves a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph) – the first four-door Bentley to exceed the 200 mph performance barrier. The initial sprint to 100 km/h is dispatched in 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds).
In modern Bentley tradition, 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.
Complementing these power upgrades, a new responsive suspension tune for the Flying Spur W12 S improves handling and provides even more traction, while optional carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.
The new flagship Flying Spur has specific damper and stability control calibrations for a more involving, agile drive. Yet, due to its clever suspension set-up, which retains the refined ride for which the Flying Spur W12 is renowned, the S derivative remains a luxury sedan for those who wish to be chauffeured, as well as those who choose to drive.
Striking Design Signals Performance Intent
Bentley’s design team has created an athletic character that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance. Sharp feature lines complement muscular rear haunches, while LED daytime running lights, subtle blackware elements and a choice of stylish alloy wheels afford the Flying Spur a modern, contemporary feel.
From new gloss-black detailing on the bodywork, to the unique leather stitching, the new exterior and interior styling reflects the more assertive, darker character of the Flying Spur W12 S.
There is full exterior gloss blackware for the radiator and window surrounds, lights, rear bumper, door handle inserts and headlight washer caps. A new W12 S badge on the D-pillar features a black ‘S’, while the sporting front-bumper design, Beluga gloss rear diffuser and door mirrors, and gloss-black front radiator matrix are adopted from the new Flying Spur V8 S.
The front and rear lamps receive a dark tint while a new, lower bumper insert suggests a more assertive driving manner.
The wheels offered on the Flying Spur W12 S are 21” 7-spoke with a new gloss-black finish, or a new optional 21” Sports 5-spoke directional wheel finished in either gloss black or a dark tint.
Inside, the Flying Spur W12 S boasts styling cues designed to enhance its sporting luxury aesthetic, with the exquisite handcrafted interior offering a wider palette of colours, a new fascia finish and unique stitching.
New standard interior features include a unique black engine-spin finish to the fascia and waistrails (a satin carbon-fibre finish is an option); a W12 S headrest emblem in contrast or blind stitching; W12 S treadplates for the front and rear; a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and knurled gearshift paddles, which are only available as options on other models.
A new colour split unique to the Flying Spur W12 S model is created using a single-tone interior with accents in one of 17 hide colours, and unique contrast stitching to the diamond quilting, the Sport Plus steering wheel and the interior.
Flying Spur – Technology on Demand
The Flying Spur comes complete with a suite of onboard technology to make it an ideal place for work or relaxation on the move.
An innovative Touch Screen Remote, deployed from the veneered rear centre console at the touch of a button, allows control of the car’s climate and infotainment systems from the comfort of the rear seat. The Flying Spur also features a WiFi hotspot for connectivity on demand while travelling.
Customer deliveries of the new Flying Spur W12 S will commence at the end of the year.