Few automakers can perfectly combine luxury and sport as well as Bentley. Today, this premium British automaker is showing off its talents in this department with the unveiling of the Flying Spur W12 S.
This new version of the Flying Spur takes the image of a cruising luxury rig and flips it on its ear with its retuned 6.0-liter W-12 powerplant that cranks out 626 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque—improvements of 10 horsepower and 15 pound-feet. The results are a 0.1-second 0-to-60 improvement to 4.2 seconds and a 3 mph improvement in top speed to 202 mph. The latter makes this the first four-door Bentley to break the 200 mph mark.
In addition to a more powerful engine, this model also gets a tweaked suspension for improved handling and optional carbon-ceramic brakes. Also helping in the handling department is its rear-biased (60:40) all-wheel-drive system.
As with all performance-oriented Bentleys, this sedan wouldn’t be complete without a few aesthetic touches to set it apart. On the outside, these updates include gloss-black radiator and window surrounds, light bezels, rear bumper trim, door handle inserts and headlight washer caps, a “W12 S” badge on the D-pillar, a Beluga rear diffuser and mirrors, a gloss-black front radiator grille, tinted headlights and taillights, gloss-black 21-inch wheels, and more.
Inside, this tuned four-door gets unique stitching, a black finish to the dash and waist rails, “W12 S” headrest emblems, “W12 S” doorsill plates, a three-spoke sport steering wheel, and knurled gearshift paddles.
Bentley will start delivering the Flying Spur W12 S at the end of 2016. There are no pricing details at this time.