The 2023 Bentley Flying Spur Speed, according to Bentley, is the most driving-focused version of the Flying Spur luxury performance sedan family, and it completes Bentley’s new portfolio of Grand Tourers. And with the launch of the Flying Spur Speed, the model lineup is complete and reflects that of the Continental GT and Bentayga. After the company ended production of the standard Flying Spur W12 in May, the Flying Spur Speed became the only way to obtain the legendary W12 engine, except if you wish to buy Bentley's more expensive Mulliner. The pricing for the 2023 Flying Spur Speed hasn’t been revealed to the public yet. But you can expect it to cost around $280,000, as the Speed versions of both the Continental GT and Bentayga models cost $80,000 more than the base version.
The "Speed" moniker is usually used by Bentley for its driver-focused models, and the Flying Spur has no problem living up to that designation with its 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that produces 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.
The Bentley Flying Spur Speed produces an extra 84 horsepower and 96 pound-feet of torque compared to the Flying Spur S, the model below, which has a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that only produces 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.
According to Bentley, the Flying Spur Speed has a 0-60 MPH time of 3.7 secs, which is 0.4 seconds faster than the S model. It also has an improved top speed of 207 mph.
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The Bentley Flying Spur Speed has the same 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission as the Continental GT, which results in more swift gearshifts, smoother acceleration, and better fuel efficiency. The sixth gear provides the most speed, while the seventh and eighth gears are used for economical grand touring.
The 2023 Flying Spur Speed is able to inspire confidence in the driver's mind with standard features such as advanced active All-Wheel Drive, Electric All-Wheel Steering and Bentley Dynamic Ride, which employs a 48-volt electrical system to modify the rigidity of the anti-roll bar in order to keep the Flying Spur level through corners.
Stopping power comes in the form of the 420 mm front discs found in the Continental GT, which are the largest iron brakes in the world according to Bentley. The front calipers are painted red with Bentley branding, but can be finished in black for an extra cost.
The front grilles, headlights, and taillights of the Speed variant have a dark tint on them that sets it apart from other versions of the Flying Spurs. The front fender has Speed emblems on it, and the car also comes with special 22-inch wheels that are available in dark tint, gloss black, and silver finishes.
Potential customers can also select from a second 22-inch sports design wheel option that is available in Pale Brodgar Satin. Bentley's Styling Specification (carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and subdued boot lid spoiler) and Blackline Specification are still available as options to further enhance the performance-focused presence.
The lavish interior features "Dinamica Pure," a material Bentley claims is made of 73 percent recycled polyester. The number of leather color options increases from five to fifteen for the Flying Spur Speed. The standard trim is Piano Black veneer, but Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut, or Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus can be substituted for it at no extra cost.
There are new performance infotainment graphics inside the car that, according to Bentley, were influenced by expensive chronograph watches. Along with that, there are more Speed emblems to be seen on the inside, with the badges on the door sills being illuminated.
According to Bentley, one in three Bentley Flying Spurs in the US and Europe will likely be a Speed. No pricing information was provided, but it should be substantially more expensive than the base V8 version of the Flying Spur's estimated price of $200,000, with the Speed versions adding an additional $80,000 to the Continental GT and Bentayga model ranges. The Bentley Flying Spur Speed's main rivals, the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Mercedes-Maybach S650, cost $314,400 and $202,550, respectively.
|Car Model||Bentley Flying Spur Speed||Mercedes-Maybach S650||Rolls-Royce Ghost|
|Powertrain||6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12||6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12||6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12|
|Horsepower||626 HP||621 HP||563 HP|
|Torque||664 lb-ft||738 lb-ft||627 b-ft|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||9-Speed Automatic||8-speed automatic|
|0-60 MPH||3.7 seconds||4.6 seconds||4.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||207 MPH||155 MPH||155 MPH|
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