2014 Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 image

The Geneva motor show hosts the official public presentation of the newest addition to Bentley’s Continental line-up, the Flying Spur with a V8 engine, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo configuration.

Even in the high and thin air of luxury some downsizing needs to be done – as legislators continuously push further down the emission limits. While this argument is thin when it comes to going down from a W12 to a V8 engine, we could still see its implications.

The Flying Spur until now came with the known W12 6.0-liter twin-turbo – good for a massive 617 hp (460 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), while the new V8 engine will surely not come underpowered, delivering 500 hp and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft) of torque – all sent through a ZF eight-speed automatic to all the wheels.

The new workhorse under the hood provides enough oomph for the Flying Spur to reach 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 183 mph (295 km/h). Of course, turning back to what we said earlier about emissions, thanks to such intelligent gizmos like cylinder deactivation, electrical recuperation and intelligent thermal management, this version could take around 840 km on a fill up.