Is a huge, ultra-luxury sedan from England really that fast? Well take a look at the Bentley Flying Spur V8 in its top ooze run on Autobahn at nearly 175 mph. While it might not seem quick at first glance, the Bentley Flying Spur is much more than a leather interior with massage seats.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 can be built in Crewe, England, but it has the help of its German friends. Bentley is part of the unique portfolio of brands belonging to the Volkswagen Group (VG) and benefits from shared components and drivetrain expertise. Skilled craftsmen in Crewe, England hand-sew the leather, carve wood interior trim and carefully assemble the cars. All the while, the Germans are delivering the powertrain components to England in a perfect combination of skill-sharing.
The Bentley Flying Spur is built on the Volkswagen Group MSB platform which is used in the Porsche Panamera, Bentley Continental and Bentley Flying Spur. This means the Flying Spur can behave like a Porsche, although the added weight of the Bentley’s additional luxury features doesn’t exactly help the Flying Spur have a better time at the Nürburgring.
The Bentley Flying Spur is powered by a unique version of the Volkswagen Group’s famous 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine found in dozens of different vehicles. In the Flying Spur, the 4.0-liter V8 produces 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 568 lb-ft (770 Newton-meters) of torque. This V8 is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that routes power to the road via an all-wheel drive system.
According to Bentley, the Flying Spur V8 has a top speed of 198 mph and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. While we haven’t seen the Flying Spur hit its performance limit, it’s great to see a luxury car like this stretch its legs on the highway.