The Fastest Flying Spur Yet

Sam Kessler (Online Editor)
Supercar speed, four-door comfort from Bentley's Flying Spur W12 S

The rule of thumb for luxury cars generally goes two doors for speed, four doors for comfort. On the one hand you have the more practical end of the spectrum with room for the school run and the fixtures and fittings of a well-appointed hotel suite; on the other you have the more stripped back, lightweight machines built for performance.

It makes sense; to force something as heavy as a four-door Bentley to get to the kinds of 200+ mph speeds that seem in vogue right now is no mean feat. That’s a lot of car to get up to speed - which is precisely why the Flying Spur W12 S is so groundbreaking.

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Firstly it needs to be said that it isn’t the first superfast four-door in the world, even if that is a rather specialised club. Aston Martin’s Rapide S already hits a top speed of 203 while the Dodge Charger Hellcat raises it by a mile. Even the previous version of the Flying Spur was able to brush the 200mph mark.

As with everything however, the higher the numbers the exponentially harder it gets to raise them even higher. On paper 202mph isn’t that outstanding, a mere pair higher than the previous, but the engineering behind those extra digits is nothing if not impressive.

The 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine at the heart of the car was a beast to begin with and in the latest Flying Spur has been fine-tuned to provide even more horsepower than before – 626 brake-horsepower to be precise. The improvements aren’t all about speed however, but how that speed is applied to the road.

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Alongside horsepower, torque has been improved. While a far less sexy statistic, torque is what helps put that power down on the road; the higher it is, the more responsive the drive. At 820 Nm it’s very responsive indeed. Furthermore full torque, the moment when the entire engine’s power is being converted into speed, is possible at 2,000 rpm, ensuring you get there quickly for a fluid, dynamic driving experience. The Flying Spur W12 S, despite its bulk, can manage the 0-60 spring in just 4.5 seconds.

The new model maintains the four-wheel, all-weather driving of Bentley’s GT heritage, albeit with a slightly reconfigured suspension to maintain the smooth rise the Flying Spur line’s known for. It basically means that the car’s equally adept at chauffeuring as it is tackling alpine trails – something far easier said than done.

In essence, the new car is subtle evolution of the Flying Spur we know and love, improving it slightly in every way without taking away from that iconic DNA. It’s a theme that carries through to the bodywork, which enhances the model’s innately athletic figure with sharper lines and smaller contemporary details across the board, particularly when it comes to a copious amount of black gloss.

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Indeed the whole character of the Flying Spur is darker and more sinister than ever before. Aside from the touches of gloss on the bumpers and radiator and window surrounds, the front and rear lamps have a dark tint to them. Even the wheels come in a more shadowy hue, adding to the overall effect of replacing classical elegance with the menacing feel of power.

The W12 S is not a revolutionary vehicle; for anyone considering a Flying Spur it’s more an additional option than a necessity. But if you want that rare balance of practicality and power, comfort and exhilaration, there are few cars that can compare. It’s not the Flying Spur reinvented, it’s the Flying Spur perfected.

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