Bentley Flying Spur Speed: The last survivor with the W12

Bentley Flying Spur Speed
Bentley Flying Spur Speed

Bentley has completed the range renewal of its current great saloon, the Flying Spur, with the new Flying Spur Speed 2023, which debuts as the sumptuous land cruiser's highest performance variant. But, more importantly, it will be the only option to purchase a Flying Spur with the legendary W12 engine once the manufacture of the ordinary Flying Spur W12 ceases in May unless you go through the most costly Mulliner customizing program.

Beyond 600 hp

The 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine remains intact, producing 634 horsepower, an increase of 84 horsepower over the V8-powered S model, with a peak torque of 900 Nm. Bentley claims a 0-100kph pace of 3.7 seconds, although a 2020 W12 achieved the sprint in 3.5 seconds in Car and Driver testing. The highest speed remains 333 km/h.

The Speed, like other Flying Spurs, is powered by a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with all-wheel drive and rear steering. The Speed also has torque vectoring and Bentley's Dynamic Ride system, which employs a 48-volt electrical system to modify the rigidity of the stabilizer bar in bends to keep the Flying Spur level. The Continental GT shares 16.5-inch front disc brakes, which are the biggest in the world, according to Bentley. The front calipers are painted red with the Bentley logo, however, they may be completed in black for an additional fee.

This Speed variant, like the Bentley Flying Spur S, is distinguishable from the lower Flying Spurs by a touch of black color added to the front grille, headlights, or taillights. Speed badging covers the front fender, and unique 22-inch wheels in dark, gloss black, and silver finishes are also available. The Pale Brodgar matte 22-inch wheels are the second option.

A more sustainable and customizable interior

The luxury inside is constructed of a material Bentley calls "Dinamica Pure," which is made of 73 percent recycled polyester, and the leather upholstery color selections range from five to fifteen. Trim is Piano Black as usual but can be substituted for Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut, or Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus at no extra charge. According to Bentley, new visuals for the infotainment system have been inspired by premium chronograph timepieces. More Speed-sealed logos may be seen inside, as well as lighted door sills.

Bentley estimates that one in every three Flying Spurs sold in Europe and the United States will be a Speed. Prices are yet to be announced, but they should be much more than the standard V8 model at roughly €200,000, with the Speed variants adding a price premium for the Continental GTs and Bentaygas at around €80,000 to be the top of the range with Mulliner permission.

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