Bentley has added a third variant to its Flying Spur luxury sedan range, with the new car set to nestle between the existing V8- and V12-powered models.
Called the Flying Spur V8 S, the new model will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The S lifts power and torque from the 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 to 388kW and 680Nm - up 15kW over the ‘regular’ V8 model.
The extra go means the V8 S has a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 306km/h. Bentley hasn’t simply would up the wick on performance, however, with revisions to the engine and transmission mapping giving the S a more sporting feel.
The carmaker has also added an ‘S’ mode; which further sharpens throttle response and calls upon more aggressive engine braking from the transmission.
Power reaches the road via an eight-speed automatic and Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system, with power split 40:60 with a bias toward the rear.
Fuel consumption is unaffected by the extra power with a rating of 10.9 l/100km, and the 90-litre fuel tank means a maximum range of around 826km.
Outside, changes over the regular Flying Spur include a new 20-inch alloy wheel design, black grille, and a gloss-black rear diffuser. Optional tinted highlights, gloss-black rear-view mirrors and 21-inch wheels are available to further enhance the outward look.
The S gets a long list of new and existing features on the inside as part of a 2016 upgrade for the Flying Spur range, including piano-black wood finishes, WiFi connectivity, a remote control for the infotainment touchscreen, and an optional rear-seat entertainment package.
"The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability", Bentley’s Wolfgang Durheimer said.
"It's the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive."
First deliveries for the 2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S are scheduled to begin mid-year for European customers.