Inside the rarified air above popular luxury-brand flagships from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW are present the ultra-exclusive, hand-built cars from Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Bentley, each offering 12-cylinder power, the best material furnishings, and irrebatible pedigrees. Given these cars’ unapologetic price tags, a normal person might expect them to surpass any off-the-rack Audi A8, S-class Benz, or 7-series Bimmer in every respect. Or at least most respects.
2017 Bentley Flying Field V8 S Exterior
People who buy cars like the shimmering platinum 2017 Bentley Flying Initiate 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S tested here aren’t normal. Whenever they decide to purchase a Flying Spur, it’s not to add a new luxury car to their stable; is actually to add a Bentley to their stable. They’re probably aware that any of those hypercompetent Teutonic sleds offers more high-tech luxo-wizardry than the Soaring Spur, which doesn’t even come with an UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS port; indeed, they probably have one main of those German cars, too. And few would ever get caught baiting an S63, M760i, or S8–each that can hit 60 mph in 3. 8 seconds or less–into a stoplight cartouche, so where this car’s performance numbers fall comparative to those may be beside the point.
How much does matter is that the Flying Spur delivers on its promise as a Bentley with the waft, the warmth, and the eminent gracefulness that the brand’s cars have recently been known for decades. Based upon the previous-generation Continental GRAND TOURING, the Flying Spur sedan has proved satisfying for the reason that regard since first showing up in 2005–and particularly so since the second-gen model arrived for 2014 with an even prettier, sleeker body and a more powerful, 616-hp W-12 engine.
2017 Bentley Flying Spur OF V8 S Specifications
We were impressed after our first drive of the more compact, cheaper Flying Spur V8, which lost exactly none of its Bentley-ness with the fitment of the Volkswagen Group’s ubiquitous 4. 0-liter eight-cylinder, tuned to produce a stout five-hundred horsepower. The Flying Field family doubled in size when 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S and W12 S models were introduced last year, raising horsepower to 521 and 626 and featuring an unique front-fascia design, a rear diffuser, and black-painted barrière. Having already stated our preference for the Flying Spur V8’s relative flexibility and throatier sound, we hypothesized that the OF V8 S would be the most compelling from a driving standpoint.
As unimportant as facts and figures may be to the typical Bentley owner, one number of particular result is 5509–the pounds this test car carried onto our scales, 55. 1 % of the entire resting on the front tires. On one hand, that makes its 4. 3-second zero-to-60-mph and 10. 5-second zero-to-100-mph times extra impressive; same with the 167-foot stop from 70 with. But at the skidpad, the low-profile 275/35ZR-21 Pirelli P Zeros that covered the V8 S’s recommended 21-inch six-spoke wheels were overwhelmed after just zero. 83 g of lateral acceleration. And despite the standard all-wheel-drive system mailing 60 per cent of the available torque to the rear wheels, understeer remained at the limit.
Simple and easy high-speed travel has always been a mark of any Bentley, and the “2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S” fulfills this mission brilliantly. The car seems marvelously quick off the line. While nothing tends to happen suddenly in a Bentley–that’s all part of the waft–the V8 S is tuned for sharper accelerator response, which allows it not only to reach 50 mph in just 2. 6 seconds from a 30-mph lope, but also to feel generally alert, which isn’t something we’ve always been in a position to say about these hulking luxury cars.
Even deep into triple-digit territory, with sharp steering that tightens up considerably when the sportiest of the four chassis modes has been selected. The car’s substantial size–the wheelbase alone extends more than 10 feet–and enormous weight keep it from being much fun on a twisty road, but in curves the body stays heroically flat, making it feel more planted than expected. And the brake-pedal feel is completely perfect.
2017 Bentley Flying Spur OF V8 S Interior
As we stated in a post of the previous-generation Flying Spur Speed, “Every drive in the Bentley is an escape from fact, an occasion. ” Remaining faithful to form, the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S is best when one’s senses are described in the direction of enjoying its delicious seats, tickling the grooved shift knob, or identifying those details–the subtle collects in the upholstery or variations in the stitching–that communicate these things really are built manually.
The interior design could have cultivated familiar, and you refuses to find many of the new whiz-bang features that are all the craze just one car school below, but the Traveling Spur remains beyond reproach in conditions of materials honesty–nary a thing inside this car isn’t precisely what it looks like. It can also a sea of tranquility: With just sixty two audible decibels at a 70-mph cruise, the Traveling Spur is one of the quietest sedans in the world.
2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Prices
With a starting MSRP of $208, 725, the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S is exactly $16, 500 pricier than the standard Flying Spur V8. Our test example brought to the party another $26K worth of options, more than we’d care to shake off here in support of one of which–a $3360 established of 21-inch wheels had any bearing on performance.
Bentley doesn’t charge any extra just for this example’s polarizing Camel paint, which says as bronze from a few paces away but upon close inspection shines with every color on rainbow painting all the brake calipers black cost is $1555, however. And there was wish to know if there is any material-cost-related reason for The bentley to charge $2190 to use a contrasting color of thread to knit the seat upholstery and the steering-wheel leather. Nevertheless there we are considering like normal people again.