Bentley's official Flying Spur range for the Malaysian market now consists of a V8-powered variant. It joins the brand's signature W12 model first made its local debut over a year ago. And although the new model has to make do with two thirds the engine capacity and cylinder count, there's still quite a lot on tap to draw a crystal clear distinction between the big Bentley and more mainstream limousines such as the Merc S-Class and BMW 7-Series.
The four-litre twin-turbo mill residing underneath the hood of the Bentley Flying Spur V8 develops 542bhp and 770Nm. The latter is accessible from just under 2,000rpm, giving the car the boost it needs to do 0-100kph in 4.1 seconds, all the way to a supercar-tailing top speed of 318kph.
That said, the V8 is naturally the more efficient choice in the Flying Spur range. It's a whole 100kg lighter than the W12, and it has cylinder deactivation to switch off four of its eight cylinders under 3,000rpm, for as long as torque demand doesn't exceed 235Nm. This only takes 20 milliseconds to activate. And the result is a car that's up to 16 percent more fuel-efficient than its beefier namesake.
On the move, the Flying Spur V8 is kept in check by an adaptive chassis that features Bentley's 48V electric active anti-roll control system and electronic all-wheel steering as optional extras. There are also three-chamber air springs containing 60 percent more air volume than the air suspension systems in the older Flying Spur, which should come in handy considering the wheelbase has grown by 130mm from its predecessor.
20-inch wheels, a V8 wing badge and quad exhaust pipes are standard fitment. However, buyers can further customise their Flying Spur with the Blackline specification, plus a choice of 10 hide colours and two dual-tone interior configurations. The cabin also gets the Bentley Rotating Display that conceals a 12.3-inch touchscreen and the option of rear seat entertainment tablets, refrigerated bottle coolers and a Naim for Bentley audio system. Decked out or not, boot capacity is fixed at a capacious 420 litres.
The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur V8 is now on sale in Bentley Kuala Lumpur, with prices starting from RM839,000 before taxes, options and registration.