Power may corrupt, but it can also be ruddy fantastic.
For almost as long as the company's been in business, Bentley has been associated with some of the fastest and most powerful production luxury cars in the world - dating right back to the original 3.0-liter models, complete with their heady-by-1920s-standards outputs of 70-hp. Fast forward 90 years or so, and a similar story can still be said about Bentleys today, with the newly-revealed Flying Spur W12 S carrying on the luxury carmaker's long-standing tradition.
Noteworthy for being the first ever four-door car by Bentley to officially crack the 200-mph barrier (the official top speed is said to be 202 mph - some 2 mph faster than the fastest non-S Flying Spur), the Bentley Flying Spur W12 S is almost defined spec-sheet-wise by its incredible performance. Along with the ballistic turn of speed, this huge luxo barge can crack the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds. All of this pace is pretty much down to the monstrous powerplant that resides behind the new gloss black radiator grill: a tried-and-tested 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 that produces 626 hp and an amazing 605 lb-ft of torque.
Bentley hasn't just thrown a load of horsepowers at the Flying Spur W12 S, though. On top of the engine enhancements, Bentley has also fiddled with the car's suspension (on top of adding adjustable damper settings) in order to provide the Spur S with a "more dynamic drive" in comparison with the standard Flying Spur. Goodies like carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon fiber interior finishes are available as options, though all Flying Spur W12 S models get the gloss black exterior trim pieces, subtle interior tweaks and Bentley's beautifully knurled aluminium paddleshifters. Prices aren't known just yet, though we should be informed of them soon, as the first customer Flying Spur W12 S deliveries are said to begin before the year is out.