2018 Bentley Flying Spur

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in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL
$189,000 - $244,600 See Inventory Prices

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When a powerful, robust engine is coupled with lavish interiors and class exteriors we get a Bentley Flying Spur. The 2018 Bentley Flying Spur stays true to the original formula while enhancing almost everything the ride is best known for. The ride isn't meant for shying away from accelerating on long cruises.

Based on the trim one chooses, there are 3 different engine options available with Flying Spur. The base trim, labelled V8 Sedan, comes with a 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 engine. It delivers 500 hp of power and 487 lb.-ft. of torque. The V8 S Sedan trim flaunts a slightly powerful 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 engine boosting power to 521 hp. The remaining 2 trims, namely W12 Sedan and W12 S Sedan, features a 6.0L Twin Turbo W12 engine. It is capable of generating 616 hp of power.


8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

5.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.1/10
Interior

 

8.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The bid for 2018 Bentley Flying Spur starts from $189,000. The ride receives a neck-to-neck competition from Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan. Moreover, Rolls Royce Ghost is another prime competitor of the Flying Spur. Major selling points of Bentley Flying Spur is its speedy acceleration, powerful performance and a wide variety of options to choose from.

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Features

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2018 Bentley Flying Spur is available in 4 trims. These are V8, V8 S, W12  and W12 S. Pricing options for the trims start from $189,000, $205,000, $224,500 and $244,600, respectively. The V8 Sedan comes with dusk sensing headlamps and four-zone climate control as standard features. Moreover, multi-level heating passenger seat and slide sunroof are also features worth cherishing for.

Trim V8 Sedan V8 S Sedan W12 Sedan W12 S Sedan
MSRP $189,000 $205,000 $224,500 $244,600
Key

Features

  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Drilled Alloy Sports Foot Pedals
  • Four Zone Climate Control
  • Refrigerated Bottle Cooler
  • Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
  • Electric Glass Tilt And Slide Sunroof
  • Adds to or Replaces the features is V8 Sedan:
  • More powerful 521 hp 4.0L Twin Turbo V8
  • Single Tone, 3 Spoke, Hide Trimmed Steering Wheel
  • Alcantara Headlining
Adds to or Replaces the features is V8 S Sedan:
  • 616 hp 6.0L Twin Turbo W12
  • Chrome Grille
  • Oval Exhaust Finishers
  • Interior Style Specification W/Hand Cross Stitch
  • Alcantara Headlining
Adds to or Replaces the features is W12 Sedan:
  • More powerful 616 hp 6.0L Twin Turbo W12
  • Mulliner Driving Specification W/21" Graphite And Diamond Turned Alloy Wheels
  • Beluga Gloss Exterior Mirrors

V8 S Sedan trim retains most standard features of V8 Sedan in addition to introducing some newer ones. A single tone, 3 spoke, hide trimmed steering wheel and Alcantara headlining are some of them. Moreover, this trim comes with a powerful version of the 4.0L engine, generating 521 hp of power. The W12 and W12 S feature a 6.0L Twin Turbo W12 engine. It boosts the maximum power to 616 hp.

In addition to flaunting most features of the V8 S Sedan, W12 Sedan comes with a chrome grille, oval exhaust finishers and interior style specification with hand cross stitch. W12 S - the top trim - adds Mulliner driving specification along with Beluga Gloss exterior mirrors.

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Engine

8.0/10

"If your idea of an entry-level car is one that costs as much as a starter home, observe the Flying Spur. Power comes from a spritely 500-hp V-8 or a stonking 616-hp W-12" -Caranddriver.com

Engine and Transmission

The base model for the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur, namely V8 Sedan, features a 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 engine. It is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The powerful engine delivers 500 hp of power and an impressive 487 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine develops peak torque right from 1700 rpm which means that the engine remains up on its feet all the time.

It's very easy to amble around in the city and yet when you flex your right foot, the engine lets loose its all 521 horses and pulls really hard. You'd be surprised by how lively this engine can feel in spite of all that weight it has to haul. The 8-speed gearbox is smooth and responsive. In city driving, its best to leave it in drive and then when you need to pull hard, the gearbox does not hesitate to drop a gear or two to give you maximum torque. 

Models Bentley Flying Spur Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan Rolls Royce Ghost
MSRP $189,000 $168,600 $314,400
Engine 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 6.6L Twin Turbo V12
Transmission 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 500 hp @ 6000 rpm 463 hp @ 5,250-5,500 rpm 563hp @5250 rpm
Torque 487 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm 575 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm 605 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

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The engine power is greater than that of the 463 hp provided by 4Matic Sedan. However, 4Matic Sedan offers better torque of 575 lb.-ft. Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission mode. Rolls Royce Ghost features a powerful 6.6L Twin Turbo V12 engine. It outclasses 4.0L V8 engine in Bentley Flying Spur by generating 563 hp of power and delivering 605 lb.-ft. of torque. Like the Bentley Spur, Rolls Royce Ghost features an 8-speed automatic transmission mode.

Acceleration

2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S really pulls hard for a luxury limousine. The sports sedan rushes to 60 MPH in 4.6 seconds. Comparatively, Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan requires 5.8 seconds to do so. Rolls Royce Ghost also features a swift acceleration. However, it falls short of just 0.1 seconds reaching 60 MPH then that of the Bentley Flying Spur.

Models Bentley Flying Spur Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan Rolls Royce Ghost
0-60 MPH 4.6 sec 5.8 sec 4.7 sec
Quarter mile 12.8 sec 13.1sec 13.0sec
Engine 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 6.6L Twin Turbo V12

The latest addition to the Bentley Flying Spur flaunts a quarter-mile coverage time of 12.8 seconds. This is better than that offered by the S560 4Matic Sedan and the Rolls Royce Ghost. S560 and Ghost flaunt quarter-mile coverage time of 13.1 and 13 seconds, respectively.

Ride and Handling

2018 Bentley Flying Spur has precise handling. However, unlike other rides, it doesn't compromise sturdy steering with comfort. Spur's air suspension literally glides over any road imperfections. In fact, low lumps and dips are managed in a way that someone sitting in the rear seat wouldn't even know how's the tarmac under the wheels. It's a Bentley and it rides as you'd expect - supremely comfortable. You wouldn't have a Bentley otherwise, would you? Well, nobody's perfect. Sharp, broken surface might disturb peace in the cabin. But that's only in the worst road conditions. Overall, no matter where one's sitting in the Bentley Flying Spur, a nice, comfy ride is guaranteed.

The steering is surprisingly precise and it's not as difficult to manoeuvre this car around the city as you'd expect from such a big barge. The steering is obviously pretty light and does not have the dynamics of a sports car per se but its still pretty quick. When going around corners, the Spur contains its lateral movements quite well and while you really wouldn't throw this car around corners its quite satisfying to know that your car would be able to cope with corner-carving quite well.

Braking

2018 Bentley Flying Spur has big 15.9-inch brakes in the front. In the rear, however, it packs a smaller 13.2-inch brake. The braking power is superb and won't let you down even while triggered at high speeds. Moreover, the brakes are soft and easy to get in control of any time.

Model Bentley Flying Spur Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan Rolls Royce Ghost
Brake Front (in.) 15.9 15.4 16.1
Brake Rear (in.) 13.2 14.4 15.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5341 lb 5,017 lb 5490 lb
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 114 109

Rolls Royce Ghost has a slightly bigger front brake, measuring 16.1 inches. Additionally, it has a slightly smaller rear brake of 15.8 inches. When decelerated from 60 MPH during panic scenarios, Ghost requires only 109 feet for stopping. Comparatively, S560 4Matic Sedan requires 114 feet to do so.

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Fuel Economy

5.7/10

Mileage isn't an important consideration with the likes of Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls Royce Ghost. Anyway, 2018 Bentley Flying Spur has an unimpressive combined fuel economy of 16 mpg. For cities, mileage is 13 mpg while for highways it is 22 mpg. This is somewhat better than that of the 14 mpg offered by the Rolls Royce Ghost.

Model Bentley Flying Spur Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan Rolls Royce Ghost
MPG (city) 13 mpg 16 mpg 12 mpg
MPG (highway) 22 mpg 25 mpg 18 mpg
MPG (combined) 16 mpg 19 mpg 14 mpg

Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan offers a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg. Individually, it is 16 mpg in cities and 25 mpg on highways.

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Interior

9.1/10

"Among its charms are health spa-caliber chairs with thick beluga hides and piano black veneer trim at every touch along the doors and dashboard "-Bloomberg.com

The cabin of the Flying Spur simply exudes class and luxury. All materials used in the cabin are either wood, leather or metal. The design is perfectly symmetrical with beautiful flowing lines. You get the traditional organ stops for the AC vents are the vents themselves are finished in polished metal. The infotainment screen sits at the centre with the climate controls beneath it. The level of detailing is absolutely impeccable with cross-stitched leather on the dash, door panels and the steering wheel with beautifully polished wood to cover other surfaces. 

The rear seats are certainly the most important place in this car. The seats are sumptuously luxurious and comfortable. If you get the 4 seater version you even get a refrigerator to cool your champagne and bespoke Bentley champagne flutes and a wooden fold back table. You can even get the rear entertainment package with two rear screens for all your fancies. Needless to say, the seats have massage functions and are heated and cooled all of which can be controlled via a touchscreen tablet on the centre console. 

Seating and Comfort

Just like its class rivals, 2018 Bentley Flying Spur comes with a maximum passenger capacity of 5. Headroom, shoulder room and legroom available in the front are 38.1, 61.6 and 41.6 inches. Headroom is least amongst the competition, however, legroom is impressive. S560 4Matic Sedan offers the most headroom of 42.3 inches in the front. Rolls Royce Ghost, on the other hand, has the most legroom in the front at its disposal.

Model Bentley Flying Spur Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan Rolls Royce Ghost
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.1/61.6/41.6 42.3/59.7/41.4 40.6/59.4/41.7
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38/60.4/42.2 37.9/58.7/40.0 39/55.8/42.3

Headroom, shoulder-room and legroom available in the back of the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur are 38, 60.4 and 42.2 inches, respectively. The headroom is slightly better than that offered by the S560 4Matic Sedan. Rolls Royce Ghost offers the most headroom as well as the legroom in the rear among its class rivals.

Infotainment System

 The Spur gets an 8-inch multimedia screen with couples all necessary functions like the navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth. The infotainment system is complemented by an upgraded 11-speaker Naim audio system. The infotainment system is easy to use and get used to but it's not the slickest systems in the car industry and honestly, it feels last generation now. Competitors like Mercedes and Rolls Royce are far more intuitive systems.

In addition to enjoying several feats, the infotainment system comes with a wide variety of optional features. 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, adaptive cruise control, a wireless privacy phone, a SIM card reader with Google Maps are all available as optional features.

Interior Features

Bentley Flying Spur is a sporty car cherished for its upscale interiors. Moreover, the comfort offered by the seating is unmatchable among the class rivals. Major feats of the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur interiors include:

  • Revamped, sport-focused interior
  • Straight-fluted seating featuring hand-stitched leather headliner and unique colour split
  • Posh, handcrafted cabin

Cargo Capacity

The latest addition to the Bentley Flying Spur comes with an average cargo space of 15.6 cubic feet. This is more than the 12.3 cubic feet offered by the Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan.

Model Bentley Flying Spur Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan Rolls Royce Ghost
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3) 15.6 12.3 17.3

Rolls Royce Ghost offers better cargo capacity than the Flying Spur with 17.3 cubic feet of space.

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Exterior

8.8/10

 "An upright chrome grille and lower chrome bumper insert give the car a muscular face while the brilliant LED headlamps elegantly soften what might have been an aggressive look overall" -Bloomberg.com

Elegance is what the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur bleeds on the outside. The design is quite understated with rounded of flowing curves and at first glance, it does not quite speak of what it is. Only when you start taking a closer look do you notice the beautiful proportions with perfectly crafted body panels. The chrome mesh grille and the front bumpers look distinctively Bentley. The quad headlamps with LED surrounds are brilliant as well. 

The side profile of the car is very neat with only a flying 'B' over the front fender. The taillamps at the rear seamless blend in with the curves of the car complete the look. One could argue that it doesn't look extraordinarily rich but one you start looking closer, you'd definitely appreciate the details. 

Dimension and Weight

Length, width and height for the Bentley Flying Spur are 208.6, 77.8 and 58.6 inches, respectively. While the length is least amongst the competition, the width is highest. Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan is the lengthiest ride with 214.7 inches of length. Rolls Royce Ghost has the most-in-class height of 61 inches.

Model Bentley Flying Spur Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan Rolls Royce Ghost
Curb weight (lbs.) 5341 lb 5,017 lb 5490 lb
Length(in) 208.6 214.7 in 212.6 in
Width(in) 77.8 74.8 76.7 in
Height(in) 58.6 58.7 in 61.0 in
Ground clearance (in) NA NA NA
Wheelbase (in) 120.7 in 132.5 in 129.7 in
Track width (in) F/R 64.7/64.6 64.3/64.2 63.9/65.4

2018 Bentley Flying Spur weighs 5341 lbs., making it 324 lbs. heavier than that of the S560 4Matic Sedan. However, it is the Rolls Royce Ghost that is the bulkiest ride in the class. Ghost flaunts a total curb weight of 5490 lbs. Bentley Spur has the least-in-class wheelbase of 120.7 inches. Contrarily, S560 4Matic Sedan has the most-in-class wheelbase of 132.5 inches. Wheelbase for Rolls Royce Ghost is 129.7 inches.

Exterior Features
Major exterior features featured on the 2018 Flying Spur include:

  • Dark tint lighting
  • 20-inch open spoke painted wheels
  • Unique body-colored bumper
  • Beluga Gloss front matrix grille and rear diffuser

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Safety

2018 Bentley Flying Spur comes with average safety and security feats. In addition to featuring 4-wheel ABS and stability control, the Flying Spur comes with high-pressure washers headlamps. Moreover, it comes with rear center 3-point belt and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Safety Features

  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • High Pressure Washers Headlamps
  • Stability Control
  • 4-Wheel ABS

NHTSA and IIHS Ratings not available

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Competition

Bentley Fying Spur vs. Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan

Bentley Flying Spur receives a one-on-one competition from the mighty S560 4Matic Sedan. The bid for this charged-up sedan starts from $168,600. It packs the same 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 engine technology as that of the Bentley Flying Spur. The engine delivers lesser 463 hp of power but boosts torque generated to 575 lb.-ft. Unlike its class rivals, the ride feats a 9-speed automatic transmission mode. It lags behind the competition in terms of cargo capacity.

Compared to Flying Spur and Rolls Royce Ghost, 4Matic Sedan features a sluggish acceleration. It takes 5.8 seconds to accelerate to the 60 MPH mark. Nonetheless, the car has less curb weight than that of the Bentley Flying Spur as well as the Rolls Royce Ghost. Comparatively, Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic Sedan offers better combined fuel economy of 19 mpg. Moreover, it has the most wheelbase of 132.5 inches amongst the competition.

Bentley Flying Spur vs. Rolls Royce Ghost

With a starting bid of $314,400, Rolls Royce Ghost is one of the classy rides loads of money can buy. The ride flaunts a 6.6L Twin Turbo V12 engine. It is capable of generating 563 hp of power and an incredible 605 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are much more than that supported by either Bentley Flying Spur or the S560 4Matic Sedan. The engine is coupled with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission mode, like that available in the Flying Spur.

Rolls Royce Ghost requires 4.7 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark. This is 0.1 seconds more than that of the Bentley Flying Spur. Ghost flaunts a curb weight of 5490 lbs., 149 lbs. more than that of the Flying Spur. However, it has bigger brake sizes amongst the competition. Front and rear brake in Rolls Royce Ghost are 16.1 and 15.8 inches, respectively. Despite offering an unimpressive combined fuel economy of 14 mpg, the car offers 17.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Final Verdict

2018 Bentley Flying Spur is an absolute beauty. It's fierce not only in terms of performance but also in terms of persona too. The Interiors are lavish and functional. Furthermore, there are a plethora of standard features to enjoy. Bentley Flying Spur offers a superb combination of acceleration and braking power.

However, Bentley Flying Spur is plagued by outdated technology. For those looking to go for a ride with a wide variety of options to choose among, Bentley Flying Spur isn't a disappointment. Moreover, considering the latest Black Edition just makes the car much more lucrative than ever.

Pros

Fully comfortable, chic interiors and cabin

Superb acceleration

Powerful braking

New V8 S Black Edition

A galore of options

Cons

Severe impacts can be felt inside the cabin

Outdated technology

What's New?

It comes with 21-inch gloss black wheels, dark tint headlights and taillights and a sports steering wheel.

It features a beluga exterior trim and contrast stitching. Other than that, there aren' much new to the traditional Bentley Flying Spur.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$189000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

244 cu. in.

horsepower

500 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

487 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.9 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

120.7 in.

length

208.6 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

58.6 in.

curb weight

5329 lbs.

ground clearance

6.69 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.5 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

167 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/22 mpg

highway range

528 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

3 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Bentley Flying Spur in Gazelle Metallic color  2018 Bentley Flying Spur in Light Windsor Blue Metallic color  2018 Bentley Flying Spur in Aegean Blue Metallic color
Gazelle Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Exterior

8.8

Engine

8.0

Interior

9.1

Fuel Economy

5.7

Comfort

7.8

Features

8.0

Driving

8.9

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8

V8

power
500 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$189,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V8 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $189,000 MSRP (13/16/22) 500 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

V8 S

power
521 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$205,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V8 S 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $205,000 MSRP (13/16/22) 521 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Bentley Flying Spur W12

W12

power
616 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$224,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $224,500 MSRP (12/15/20) 616 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

W12 S

power
626 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$244,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
W12 S 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $244,600 MSRP (12/15/20) 626 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6 L, W12, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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