2021 Bentley Flying Spur V-8 First Look: Same Lux for Less Bucks
Bentley follows a very specific formula with its new vehicle launches these days. Step one: reveal a very luxurious and expensive car (or SUV) with the brand’s unique W-12 twin-turbo engine under the hood; second step: wait a year; and step three: add a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 to the mix as a cheaper, lighter option. So it’s no surprise that Bentley has just announced that the latest Flying Spur, introduced last year, will get a new entry-level twin-turbo V8 engine option for the upcoming 2021 model year, which will be named predictably. , the Flying Spur V-8.
The V-8 is the now familiar (to Volkswagen Group enthusiasts) twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter that you get in cars as diverse as the Audi RS 6, Porsche Panamera Turbo, and Bentley’s Continental GT ( both of the Flying Spur. Door sibling). In the Flying Spur, the power of the V-8 is not as high as in some of these other models, although the V-8 still develops 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. All of that twist is also available at under 2,000 rpm, and Bentley says the large and luxurious Flying Spur V-8 is good for a 4.0 second run at 0-60 mph and will top out at 198 mph.
These numbers follow those of the 626-horsepower Flying Spur W-12, which reaches 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and is capable of 207 mph. But, come on. The “slower” V-8 model will always be one of the fastest sedans in the world, and the smaller engine has other dynamic advantages. According to Bentley, the Flying Spur V-8 weighs almost 220 pounds less than the W-12 model. It still weighs over 5,000 pounds, but as with the V-8 variant of the Continental GT, we suspect that much of that weight savings is scooped out by the Spur nose, which should bring some improvements to the handling service.
As you can imagine, having four fewer cylinders under the hood also slightly increases fuel efficiency. The V-8-powered Flying Spur can travel up to 400 miles on a single tank of fuel thanks to deactivation of the cylinders under light loads and, finally, less weight to carry. The Flying Spur can cut half of its cylinders in just 20 milliseconds – only a tenth of the time it takes to flash. Not only does this mean more miles per gallon, but it also means reduced CO2 emissions.
You can spot a Flying Spur V8 by its black exterior accents and four-exhaust setup – the W-12 car has two massive ovals instead of the smaller four seen here. There’s no word on the price yet, but you can expect the V-8 to be cheaper than the W-12 car. For an idea of the kind of reduction you might see, the two-door Continental GT V-8 costs almost $ 16,000 less than the W-12 model. Of course, you can’t brag about spending the most dough possible on Bentley’s sleek Flying Spur sedan – now its only sedan – but we believe customers will be just as happy with the V-8 as they are with the bigger engine. W-12.
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