Bentley has rounded out the lineup of its sole remaining sedan with the new 2023 Flying Spur Speed, which arrives as a more performance-focused version of the opulent cruiser. It will also become the only way to get a Flying Spur with the W-12 powertrain after production of the standard Flying Spur W-12 ended in May this year.
The twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine produces 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Bentley routes the power through an eight-speed ZF dual-clutch gearbox, which helps propel the car to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in 3.7 seconds. It has a top speed of 207 mph. Bentley fans will remember the transmission from the Continental GT, and it makes gearshifts smoother by pre-selecting gears to shorten the torque interruption between cogs.
The all-wheel-drive system in the Flying Spur Speed emphasizes sending power to the rear wheels. The torque distribution has been balanced to make turn-in response feel lightning quick and to minimize understeer. Torque vectoring and all-wheel steering systems, meanwhile, ensure that the sedan is agile around corners.
Bentley enhances the Speed’s look with unique 22-inch wheels available in gloss black, dark tint, or silver. An optional set of 22-inch wheels are also available, finished in either gloss black or pale Brodgar satin. The company also adds a dark tint finish to the grille, headlights, badging, and taillights. Red, Bentley-branded brake callipers are standard, with black-coloured units available as a no-cost upgrade.
Inside, the Speed features Dinamica Pure upholstery, a redesigned instrument cluster, sports pedals, 24-way power-adjustable front comfort seats, and 14-way power-adjustable rear seats. Both rows of seats are heated, ventilated, and equipped with a massage function; Bentley argues that performance and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive. Piano Black trim comes standard but other types of wood (like Crown Cut Walnut) are no-cost options.