Bentley today unveiled the Flying Spur Speed, the more powerful and fastest version of its four-door luxury sedan. Powered by the automaker’s 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine, the new Flying Spur Speed will be able to reach a top speed of 207 mph.
With the departure of the Flying Spur W12, the new Speed version will be one of 2 ways Flying Spur customers can get the iconic W12. The other is the Flying Spur Mulliner. Being more focused on performance than comfort, though, the Flying Spur Speed’s version of the engine gets 626 hp (467 kW/635 PS) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque, which is 84 hp (62 kW/85 PS) and 96 lb-ft (130 Nm) of torque more than the Mulliner model.
That allows it to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the standard W12 model, which went out of production last May.
Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission from ZF. Bentley fans will remember the transmission from the Continental GT, and it makes gearshifts smoother by pre-selecting gears to shorten the torque interruption between cogs.
The all-wheel-drive system in the Flying Spur Speed emphasizes on sending power to the rear wheels. The torque distribution has been balanced to make turn-in response feel lightning quick and to minimize understeer. Torque vectoring and all-wheel steering systems, meanwhile, ensure that the sedan is agile around corners.
The fastest version of the Flying Spur gets unique 22-inch “Speed” wheels, while the front brake rotors are massive 420-mm units to help slow the car down. The calipers are painted red with Bentley branding, but black calipers can be selected for an extra charge.
A new front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler are all added to the model’s exterior and are crafted by hand out of high-gloss carbon fiber. The Blackline Specification can also be selected to darken all of the exterior trim pieces and lend the Flying Spur Speed an even more sinister appearance.
Inside the Flying Spur Speed makes extensive use of Dinamica Plus, an eco-friendly microfiber textile that’s made of 73 percent recycled polyester. Of course, this being a Bentley, it also uses a lot of leather, with 15 colors to choose from, and piano black trim coming to the model as standard. Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut, and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, though, are also available for the trim pieces at no extra cost. A new performance mode for the infotainment system, meanwhile, takes its inspiration from chronographs used in motorsport.
Bentley expects to sell most of the Flying Spur Speeds in the U.S. and Europe, with the Middle East following close behind. Pricing and availability will be offered at a later date.