Bentley Flying Spur Speed Revealed As 207-MPH Ultra-Luxury Sedan

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The world's most driver-focused ultra-luxury sedan has arrived.

  • Updated 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 (626 horsepower/664 lb-ft of torque)
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 207 mph
  • All-wheel steering and Bentley Dynamic Ride anti-roll compensation
  • Replaces standard Flying Spur W12

Bentley is diversifying its lineup with a slew of new models focusing on different needs. Mulliner caters to bespoke luxury, Azure to relaxation, S to mild sportiness, and Speed models for when you want all the performance and don't want to be seen with a peasant-like V8 badge. But until now, one Bentley model was left off the Speed bandwagon. That's now changed, as Bentley has just lifted the wraps off the Flying Spur Speed as the final Speed derivative in its current roster and the official replacement for the regular W12 model, which ended production in May this year.

As the brand bids farewell to the iconic W12 engine with models like the Batur, the Flying Spur Speed showcases the powerplant in all its glory. To this effect, the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine generates 626 hp and 664 lb-ft - up 84 hp and 96 lb-ft compared to the standard W12. This enables the Flying Spur Speed to nail the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds and top out at 207 mph.

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Typical of Bentley's W12-powered models, power is sent to all four corners via an eight-speed ZF-sourced dual-clutch transmission. The system has variable torque distribution - able to send up to 354 lb-ft to the front axle - and torque-vectoring-by-brake on both axles to apportion power to each corner and sharpen handling. Further enhancing its athleticism is rear-axle steering, improving stability at high speeds and dynamic ability at low speeds.

But this is still a Bentley, and as such, it needs to ride as plushly as it handles sharply; nothing less than perfection will do for Bentley drivers. To that end, the Gaydon-based automaker has equipped the Flying Spur Speed with the Bentley Dynamic Ride System, a 48-volt electronically controlled anti-roll compensator that stiffens and primes the anti-roll bars.

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At each corner, the world's largest iron brakes are to be found - 16.5-inch front rotors are shared with the Continental GT Speed, with gloss red calipers and Bentley badging. These brakes are housed within 22-inch Speed wheels or optional sports wheels. The former can be specced in finishes including Dark Tint, Gloss Black, or silver-painted while the latter has two choices: Gloss Black or Pale Brodgar Satin.

Further visual enhancements set the Flying Spur Speed apart from its contemporaries, with a dark tint applied to the headlights, taillights, chrome front grille, and the signature Speed badges on the front fenders. Jeweled fuel and oil filler caps act as beneath-the-skin embellishments for those in the know.

If you like your super-sedans dressed up in a more attention-seeking fashion, a Styling Specification equips a woven carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and trunk lid spoiler. Alternatively, a more sinister but slightly less sporting Blackline Specification can also be chosen.

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The cabin is just as important as the powertrain when it comes to Bentley's finest, which is why the Flying Spur Speed equips Dinamica Pure - a suede-like fabric made from 73% recycled Polyester - to all the key touchpoints of the cabin, including the outer section of the steering wheel, seat centers, shift lever, and the headliner.

The two-tone seats with leather outers feature a stitched pattern on the Dinamica portion and can be had in your choice of five to 15 colors and color combinations. The stitched leather-clad dashboard features Piano Black accents as standard with optional availability to Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut, or Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus. The dash features 'Speed' badging, while the pedals are aluminum sports items.

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As for the seats themselves, the front perches feature 24-way power adjustment while rear occupants make do with 14-way power adjustment. In all positions, heating, ventilation, and massage functionality are equipped.

The digital instrumentation ahead of the driver boasts new performance graphics with their design inspired by luxury chronographs.

Pricing has not been made available at present but will likely be announced closer to its US arrival. However, expect it to command a significant premium over the W12's circa-$220,000 price tag. The Flying Spur Speed will likely arrive for the 2023 model year, with Bentley expecting the new range-topper to make up approximately a third of all Flying Spur orders in the US.

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