Geneva Motor Show: Bentley Flying Spur V8 S packs 521 hp image

The British ultra-luxury automaker has decided to introduce yet another version to the Flying Spur roster – the new V8 S – sitting between the standard V8 and the top of the line W12.

If you’re looking for something a tad more powerful than your “base” Flying Spur V8 but don’t want to spend and arm and a leg (actually another arm and leg, since you needed them for the vehicle in the first place) to have the powerful W12, the new V8 S might be your treat. It’s packing a biturbo V8 4.0-liter engine that has been blessed with 521 horsepower (388 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Newton meters) of torque. The more impressive setup will grant you a zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 4.9 seconds – which is 0.3 seconds faster than in the regular Flying Spur V8. Pedal to the metal for as long as it’s needed and the limousine will take you all the way up to a mighty 190 mph (306 km/h).

The Flying Spur V8 S also packs new engine and transmission calibrations for better throttle response and lower rpm power levels. The model features an all-wheel drive setup and power is delivered via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with 40/60 percent torque transfer between front and rear axles. The engineers also tweaked the ESP to allow more wheel slip at higher speeds and the torque is brought back faster now after an intervention – which enables increased fun to drive alongside the more responsive suspension. There are also design touches to differentiate the new version: black matrix grille, Beluga gloss rear diffuser, and fresh 20-inch alloys. Optional goodies include 21-inch Mulliner Driving Specification black wheels, tinted headlights and taillights, and glossy black mirror covers. Inside the cabin there’s piano black wood veneers, three-spoke sports steering wheel, knurled gear lever and gear shift paddles, two-tone upholstery and a contrasting roof center bow.