For 97 years now, Bentley have been turning out cars that famously toe the precise line between high-performance boyhood dream machines and luxury lounge-rooms on wheels for the opulent gentleman, and this latest release is no different. The premise is simple: take the luxurious sedan body of their famous Flying Spur model and give it the engine and sports tuning of a Continental GT under the hood. The result: everything is just that little bit ‘tighter’.
The regular 4-litre V8 configured Flying Spur boasts 500 horsepower and will get you from 0-100 in 4.9 seconds, whereas the V8S gets an extra 21 horsepower and knocks .3 of a second off that track time. It may sound like a small difference, but the big difference is in the tiny details. There’s something menacingly British in the way it has been lowered, given a sleek black face-lift, new wider-spoke wheels that say ‘I drink gin’ instead of the regular saloon’s more benevolent ‘I like tea’ alloys – paddle shift on the steering wheel so you can drive around looking like the Monopoly man but feeling like The Stig – as a whole, it is a welcome reminder of what makes Bentley so respected for what they create under the hood, all the while still offering a huge amount of luxury and legroom in the back seat. The only problem? Deciding where to sit.