It's even better than claimed.
Late last year, Bentley revealed the V8-powered version of its Flying Spur. A few months later, production began, and it hasn't taken long for someone to test its performance. Powered by the same twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8 as the Audi RS6 Avant, the Spur's tune produces 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission handles gear changes and allows the burly behemoth to get from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds flat, and on to a top speed of 198 mph. At least, that's what Bentley claims. But as the below video shows, it's quicker than it seems.
In Europe, where the benchmark of a car's acceleration is how fast it can get to 100 kph (roughly 62 mph), Bentley's claim is 4.1 seconds, but in the real world, it seems that this figure has been underestimated as a Dragy-verified run of 3.98 seconds proves. Under-quoting performance is something that European automakers are known to do, but generally it's the German marques like Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. Nevertheless, it's encouraging to see that the supposed driver's model of the Flying Spur is even better than you'd expect from a company whose first concern is luxury.
So what about that 198-mph top speed quote? That speed is a limited achievement, as Bentley says that the tires on the Flying Spur would give in if you were to go any faster. Well, the driver in the video was unable to test how true that is as he got a warning message on the driver info display that prevented the car from accelerating beyond 161 mph. The theory is that the car was on winter tires, and if that's the case, then the V8 Flying Spur may be even quicker from 0-62. Either way, we applaud Bentley for giving more than it promises.