- Bentley is adding its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 to the Flying Spur luxury sedan.
- The twin-turbo V-8 produces 542 horsepower and 569 lb-ft of torque.
- Orders are open now, and the V-8 Flying Spur will arrive in the U.S. early next year.
Bentley is now offering its twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, which is also available in the Continental GT, in the Flying Spur luxury sedan as a lighter and cheaper alternative to the existing W-12 model. The British automaker says it's adding the more driver-focused powertrain because it's seeing a shift in customers actually driving their Flying Spurs instead of being chauffeured around in them.
The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 produces 542 horsepower and 569 lb-ft of torque, and Bentley claims a zero-to-60-mph launch in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. During Car and Driver testing, the 626-hp W-12–powered Flying Spur reached 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and passed through the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at 121 mph. The V-8 will also be more fuel efficient. During light loads under 3000 rpm, it uses cylinder deactivation to shut off four cylinders to maximize fuel economy.
When the Flying Spur is equipped with the V-8, Bentley says, it is 220 pounds lighter than the W-12 car, which weighed in at 5560 pounds in our test. It comes standard with an adaptive air suspension, torque vectoring, drive dynamics control, and electric steering. Bentley's active anti-roll technology is also available as well as all-wheel steering. You'll be able to tell that it's a V-8 model because of the V-8 wing badge, and it also comes standard with 20-inch 10-spoke wheels and quad exhaust tips.
The Bentley Flying Spur V-8 will be built in Crewe, England, and orders are open now. They will arrive in the U.S. early next year.