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Car & Driver: 202-mph Spur: New Flying Spur W12 S Is Fastest Bentley Sedan Ever

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S


The all-new 2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S represents the absolute tip of the Flying Spur iceberg thanks to a modest 10-hp bump that assists in taking the “entry level” Bentley to a claimed top speed of 202 mph. This makes it 2 mph faster than the run-of-the-mill, W-12–powered Flying Spur and grants it standing as the fastest ever four-door produced by the team in Crewe.


Like its more mundane sibling, the Flying Spur W12 S relies on a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine to channel its muscle to all four wheels. Bentley predicts its new alpha dog, producing a healthy 626 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque, will rocket to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Adding to the W12 S’s sportier character is a retuned suspension that Bentley says improves the car’s handling without sacrificing the creamy ride quality that its customers expect.


2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S


Meanwhile, special bodywork incorporates design cues found on the 190-mph Flying Spur V8 S, letting the world know this isn’t any normal Flying Spur. In order to make sure passersby don’t confuse a much pricier W12 S with its lesser V8 S stablemate, Bentley coats its top-of-the-line model’s exterior brightwork in gloss-black paint. Tinted front and rear lamps, as well as C-pillar-mounted W12 S badging and trim-specific seven-spoke, 21-inch wheels further differentiate the model.


Likewise, Bentley has spruced up the W12 S’s insides, adding knurled paddle shifters behind a three-spoke steering wheel, black engine-turned trim, and a two-tone leather interior. In case you forget which Flying Spur model you’re entering, Bentley also includes W12 S stitching in the headrests as well as W12 S kickplates. Options include carbon-fiber interior trim, carbon-ceramic disc brakes, and five-spoke, 21-inch wheels, not to mention an all-but-inevitable list of pricey bespoke features that will surely be available to customers.


Bentley has yet to release pricing for the 2017 Flying Spur W12 S, but it’ll surely cost more than the $228,025 non-S W12 model. The company said customer deliveries will begin before the calendar year turns over.




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