Just like the Bugatti W16, the W12 from Bentley is nearing the end of its life but it isn’t going out without a bang thanks to cars like the new Flying Spur Speed. This is the fastest and the most driving-focused iteration of the Flying Spur luxury sedan, with the W12 acting as a lovely cherry on top of a very delectable cake.
The Flying Spur Speed replaces the standard W12 version and joins the Flying Spur Mulliner version in the W12 range. The numbers sound more like it’s coming from a supercar with the Speed version getting an extra 85 PS and 130 Nm more torque over the S while delivering an improvement of 0.4 secs to 60mph and an increased top speed of 207 mph.
The 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine now produces 626 bhp and 900 Nm while enabling this two luxury car weighing over two tonnes to go from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 333 km/h. The Flying Spur uses the same 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission as the Continental GT while bristling with technologies like Electronic All Wheel Steering, Torque Vectoring by Brake technology and Bentley Dynamic Ride as standard.
We love the menacing stance which trades the usual Bentley flamboyance of chrome with darkened finishes for a sinister look. The front grilles, headlamps and tail lamps, and Speed badges on the lower wings are all darkened while there are bespoke 22-inch Speed wheels as standard with either a Dark Tint, Gloss Black or a silver-painted finish.
Buyers can also spec performance-oriented styling upgrades like a carbon fibre front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and a boot lid spoiler. Jewelled fuel and oil filler caps – a traditional Bentley design flourish – remain.
The interior meanwhile isn’t the usual leather-lined cabin since the Speed version uses Dinamica across all touch points. This is a material that is made from 73 per cent recycled Polyester. There are also new performance infotainment graphics bespoke to the Speed which are also inspired by luxury chronographs.
Other significant additions include sports pedals, Speed fascia badges and emblems and illuminated Speed inner and outer treadplates. Prices start from $573,900 and Australia will get the first batch of cars by early next year while Bentley says that the Speed version will make up a third of the total Flying Spur orders in the United States and Europe along with the Middle East also being a big market for this W12-powered luxury sedan.