By Otsile Kadiege
Recently Bentley revealed the Continental GT and GTC models with the British marque’s S package which adds unique sporty enhancements to the exterior and interior as well as a sports exhaust system to match the looks. Bentley’s Flying Spur is the latest stablemate to receive the S package.
Like its Continental stablemates the Flying Spur S adds black brightware to the elegant exterior of the luxo-barge. These include gloss black lower bumper grilles, dark tinted headlamps and rear lights, black quad tailpipe finishers and distinctive S badging on the front fenders. The grille with vertical vanes is also finished in gloss black and black gloss surround. Only the winged Bentley badge and lettering on the bootlid stand out with their bright chrome finish.
The S range is offered with an all-new 22-inch wheel option, with five Y-shaped spokes in gloss black or alternatively available in a new Pale Brodgar Satin finish. A second wheel option for the S models is a 21-inch tri-spoke wheel design that combines gloss black and bright machined finishes – also unique to S. Whatever the wheel, standard-fit red brake calipers highlight the extrovert character of the S models.
Climbing aboard the Flying Spur S customers are greeted with a performance-focused cabin with two-tone colour splits, hand crafted in Crewe’s leather shop using a combination of smooth hide and soft-napped Dinamica. This suede-like material is used for the heated steering wheel, gear lever, seat cushions and seat backrests while leather hide is employed on the seat bolsters, door pads, along the instrument panel and around the console.
The S design seats are fluted, with quilting available as an option, and the ‘S’ emblem is embroidered on the headrest of each seat; embroidered Bentley wings are a no-cost alternative. Driver instrumentation takes its inspiration from motorsport chronometers, with the same graphics as the Continental GT Speed. Finishing touches include a metal S signature badge on the fascia and illuminated Bentley treadplates with the ‘S’ device replacing the Bentley plaque.
The Flying Spur S is offered with a choice of two powertrains, a 4.0-litre V8 engine making 405kW (550ps)/770Nm and a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor developing 400kW (544ps)/750Nm. Bentley claims that the Flying Spur S V8 will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds. The V6 Flying Spur S will do the same in 4.1 seconds.
The V8-powered Flying Spur S is said to deliver aural pleasure via a redesigned sports exhaust while the Flying Spur Hybrid S (in Sport mode) features an ingenious sound enhancements in the engine bay.
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