Bentley has confirmed a new flagship model has been added to the Flying Spur range - the W12 S.
The new model is the first four-door Bentley to have a top speed in excess of 200 mph, and offers a more sporting experience - with an increase in power, torque and responsiveness.
The Flying Spur W12 S features a number of dark styling cues which hint at its new and improved dynamic capabilities. A suite of blackware detailing – including Beluga gloss radiator grille and light surrounds – a rear diffuser and optional carbon fibre veneer gives the new model a ‘dramatic and purposeful’ appearance to match its enhanced performance.
The W12 S features even more power from the mighty 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine. Through calibration and tuning, engine power is increased from 625 PS to 635 PS (626 bhp) and torque from 800 Nm to 820 Nm for a top speed of 202 mph, with the initial sprint to 62mph dispatched in 4.5 seconds.
Power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a ‘sure-footed’ drive in all road and weather conditions. A new responsive suspension tuned for the W12 S improves handling and provides even more traction, while optional carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers.
The new flagship model has specific damper and stability control calibrations for a more involving, agile drive, says Bentley. Yet, due to its suspension set-up, the S derivative remains a ‘luxury sedan for those who wish to be chauffeured, as well as those who choose to drive’.
Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance include sharp feature lines complemented by muscular rear haunches, while LED daytime running lights are joined by subtle blackware elements and a choice of alloy wheels. The wheels offered on the Flying Spur W12 S are 21” 7-spoke with a new gloss-black finish, or a new optional 21” Sports 5-spoke directional wheel finished in either gloss black or a dark tint. From new gloss-black detailing on the bodywork, to the unique leather stitching, the new exterior and interior styling reflects the more assertive, darker character of the Flying Spur W12 S.
There is full exterior gloss blackware for the radiator and window surrounds, lights, rear bumper, door handle inserts and headlight washer caps. A new W12 S badge on the D-pillar features a black ‘S’, while the sporting front-bumper design, Beluga gloss rear diffuser and door mirrors, and gloss-black front radiator matrix are borrowed from the new Flying Spur V8 S. The front and rear lamps receive a dark tint while a new, lower bumper insert suggests a more ‘assertive driving manner’.
New standard interior features include a unique black engine-spin finish to the fascia and waistrails (a satin carbon-fibre finish is an option); a W12 S headrest emblem in contrast or blind stitching; W12 S treadplates for the front and rear; a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and knurled gearshift paddles, which are only available as options on other models.
The Flying Spur comes with onboard technology including a Touch Screen Remote, deployed from the veneered rear centre console at the touch of a button, allows control of the car’s climate and infotainment systems from the comfort of the rear seat.
Customer deliveries of the new Flying Spur W12 S will commence at the end of the year. Price POA.