2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8S review
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 has been given a sporty edge, but is it a step too far?
Choosing a Bentley Flying Spur used to be a simple affair with its well-heeled buyers having a straight decision between the power of the W12 and the poise of the V8, but now Bentley has made things a little more complicated.While there are no new powertrains, the line-up has been punctuated with models that display a sportier character to give owners a ‘real sense of Bentley’s racing heritage’.Here we are driving the V8S, but Bentley has also introduced a W12S and given both cars the same uprated suspension and sportier exterior details, in addition to increasing their power outputs.The V8S gains 21bhp and 14lb ft of torque over the standard V8 Flying Spur, taking its total output to 521bhp and 502lb ft of torque, while the W12S gets more modest 10bhp and 15lb ft increases, lifting it to 626bhp and 605lb ft in total.As for the rest of the mechanicals, Bentley has made the suspension tauter, but in an effort to maintain comfort, it hasn’t lowered the car in the way it has done with the S versions of the Continental GT. It has, however, modified the power-to-weight ratios in an effort to get the best out of the Torsten four-wheel drive system.The changes don’t stop under the skin, with the S versions of the Flying Spur getting similar exterior changes to those the Continental GT V8S received, most notably the black honeycomb grille, gloss black rear diffuser and dark tinted lighting, all in the pursuit of giving it a meaner look. But have these changes made the Flying Spur a more enticing proposition?