Thew New Flying Spur is all about formality and luxury of the Mulsanne style, but in an easier and AWD package. Exclusively the W12 before, the new Flying Spur V8 will easily dominate the sales charts from now.
The V8 has huge power and a bit of lightness in the nose that the twelve-cylinders’ lack.
Surprisingly, the real design action is out back – where a much blockier form language takes over with large lamps far apart in each corner.
2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8
NEW FLYING SPUR V8 MAKES DEBUT FOR BENTLEY IN MOSCOW
Russian premiere for Bentley Flying Spur V8 at MIAS
Dynamic Continental GT V8 S and pinnacle handcrafted Mulsanne exhibit breadth of Bentley brand
New Bentley show stand presents a unique interpretation of contemporary luxury
(Crewe / Moscow, 27 August 2014) Bentley marks its presence at the 2014 Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) today, with the Russian debut of the new Flying Spur V8 luxury sedan.
The Flying Spur V8 shares its W12 stablemate’s unique blend of sculpted, sleek, elegant coachwork, exquisite craftsmanship and advanced technology, and will draw new customers to Bentley, attracted by the brand’s unique expression of luxury and performance.
Richard Leopold, head of Bentley Russia, comments:
“The new Flying Spur V8 opens the door to the world’s best luxury sedan. With our dealer network expansion in Ekaterinburg and Krasnodar, and the recent introduction of the dynamic Continental GT V8 S, we are confident that the new Flying Spur will build on Bentley’s positive presence in the region.”
The Flying Spur V8 is powered by Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Developing 507 PS and 660 Nm of torque, this characterful engine powers the car to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 295 km/h, while offering a range of more than 800 kilometres.
Joining the new model on Bentley’s stand at the MIAS is a selection of the brand’s latest luxury performance models, including the dynamic Continental GT V8 S and Bentley’s flagship model, the Mulsanne – the ultimate expression of Bentley’s hand-built high performance luxury.
These exquisite Bentley models are presented on the company’s new stand, shown for the first time in Russia at the MIAS. Inspired by key elements of Bentley’s elegant vehicle design language, the finest materials are used with the company’s signature flair for craftsmanship and attention to detail to create a uniquely Bentley environment and a striking interpretation of contemporary luxury.
BENTLEY FLYING SPUR
Notes to editors
Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. 2013 was Bentley’s record year in the company’s 95-year history. Global customer deliveries grew by 19% over 2012 to 10,120 cars. At the half year point in 2014, the Americas remained Bentley’s largest sales region, with 1,388 cars delivered. China continued its position as the second biggest market with 1,318 cars, while in Europe, deliveries reached 825 cars. Sales in Bentley’s home market, the UK, were 713 and in the Middle East, Bentley delivered 502 cars. At that stage of 2014, Bentley had nearly 200 dealerships in 54 countries.
Bentley Motors’ headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 3,700 people at Crewe.
2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8
Flying Spur V8
Four-door, four- or five-seat luxury performance sedan
4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8
3993 cc / 243.7 cu in
Two parallel twin-scroll turbochargers, indirect intercooling
507 PS / 500 bhp / 373 kW @6000 rpm
660 Nm / 488 lb.ft @1750rpm
Alu. alloy block, heads & pistons, forged steel crank & conrods
Bore x Stroke
84.5 mm x 89 mm / 3.33″ x 3.5″
4x overhead camshafts with cam phasing, 4 valves per cylinder
98 (95) RON to E10
Four cylinders, valves and fuel deactivated at light load
Turbos in the V for efficiency & response. Thermal management reduces warm-up time. Recuperation & variable power steering.
SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Automatic gearbox, torque converter, permanent all-wheel drive
Four-link double wishbones, anti-roll bar
Torque Split (front:rear)
40:60 with ability to change depending on available traction
Trapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar
ZF 8HP90 AL951 eight-speed automatic with block shifting
Springs & Dampers
Self-levelling air suspension with Continuous Damping Control, four-position driver-selectable settings from Comfort to Sport
1st: 4.71, 2nd: 3.14, 3rd: 2.1, 4th: 1.67, 5th: 1.29, 6th: 1.00, 7th: 0.839, 8th: 0.667
Rack and pinion, ZF speed-sensitive Servotronic power assitance
Mechanical time 600ms, total time 800ms
Steering Rack Ratio
Block shifting allows combined downshifts (e.g. 8th to 3rd)
12.1 m / 39.7 feet
BRAKES, ESP & CRUISE CONTROL
INFOTAINMENT AND ELECTRONICS
Brake Disc Material
Cast Iron or optional Carbon-Silicon-Carbide (CSiC)
Centralised 8″ touchscreen interface, dedicated HVAC panel
405 mm ventilated iron / 420 mm cross-drilled CSiC
Balanced Mode Radiators (BMR). 8-speaker standard system. 1100W Naim option.
335 mm ventilated iron / 356 mm cross-drilled CSiC
Electronic Brake-force Distribution, ABS, Hydraulic Brake Assistance
Dynamic route guidance, 7-digit postcodes, Google Maps imagery
Optional Bluetooth telephone connection with privacy handset
Two-mode ESP, enhanced brake & throttle regulation, increased cornering control. System can be disabled on driver command
64 GB rear-seat entertainment hard drive
RSE (MultiMedia Spec) includes Wi-Fi router and Connectivity Unit with 64 GB. For each seat: 10″ screen, DVD player, SD card slot, USB port, 12V charging, wireless headphones.
Cruise control as standard, optional Adaptive Cruise Control
Electronic Park Brake with Drive-Away assist
Body Type and Style
Steel monocoque, super-formed aluminium front fenders, aluminium bonnet, composite bootlid with integrated antennae
As Spur W12, but rear bench seat as standard (no lumbar, adjustment or heating). 4 or 4+1 seat optional.
Bi-Xenon projector headlamps, LED signature daylight running lamps, LED main beam supplementation, LED rear lamps
Multi-zone climate control with bulls-eye air vents and organ-stop controls. Options: Picnic tables, twin-bottle cooler.
7 standard, over 110 further optional, bespoke and duo-tone paint on request
4 standard in monotone colour split as standard, 17 with colour spec
1 standard (Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus), 6 additional optional
Sunroof available as no-cost option. Black bumper grills in lieu of chrome on W12.
Driver, passenger and individual seat airbags, driver knee airbags
5299 mm / 208.6 in
Width across mirrors
2208 mm / 86.9 in
Width across body
1976 mm / 77.8 in
1488 mm / 58.6 in
3066 mm / 120.7 in
1643 mm / 64.7 in
1642 mm / 64.6 in
1056 mm / 41.6 in
1073 mm / 42.2 in
Front Headroom (max)
968 mm / 38.1
965 mm / 38 in
19″ Classic standard, opt 9.5J x 20″, opt 9.5J x 21″ (3 designs)
275/45 ZR19 , 275/40 ZR20, 275/35 ZR21
2425 kg / 5341 lb
442 litres / 15.6 cu ft
Gross Vehicle Weight
2972 kg / 6552 lb
Fuel tank capacity
90 litres / 20 UK gallons / 24 US gallons
Weight distribution (FR:RR)
PRICING (Brackets = W12 Mulliner)
UK (inc. 20% VAT)
Europe (exc. tax)
Middle East (exc. duty & tax)
China (inc. taxes & duties)
CNY 3,198,000 (CNY 3,358,000 V8 Luxury)
183 mph / 295 km/h
Russia (inc. 18% VAT)
RUB 9,953,000 (RUB 10,566,789)
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND EMISSIONS
EU DRIVE CYCLE
EPA DRIVE CYCLE
18.1 mpg (15.6 litres/100 km)
34.9 mpg (8.1 litres/100 km)
25.9 mpg (10.9 litres/100 km)
254 g /km
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