Bentley Adds 500-HP V8 to Continental Flying Spur

Four-door sedan borrows Conti GT’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.

Bentley has introduced a V8-powered variant of the Continental Flying Spur, promising sterling performance coupled with improved fuel economy. It’s also a bit cheaper than the flagship W12. The powerplant is borrowed from the Continental GT V8 coupe, with the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 sending 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF auto box. Bentley says the V8 Flying Spur can sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.2 secs and reach a top speed of 183 mph.

Drive it like a proper English gent (not Chris Harris) and the four-door sedan should be good for 520 miles on a single (90 liter) tank of gas. Styling changes distinguishing the V8 from the W12 Flying Spur include figure-of-eight chrome exhaust tips, the winged Bentley badges get a red center, while the front bumper grille is finished in black with a wing-shaped mesh insert. It also comes with a single-piece rear bench, 19-inch alloys, a choice of seven body colors and four interior finishes. Upgrade to the Mulliner package and the Flying Spur V8 comes with diamond-quilted leather seats, 20-inch five-spoke alloys, and fully-adjustable rear seats with a 2+1 layout.

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