2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

Nestling in-between the Flying Spur V8 – which is as “entry level” as a Bentley sedan gets – and the W12-engined original, the new 2017 Flying Spur V8 S is all about eager affordability. Feel free to put as many air-quotes around “affordability” as it takes to stomach the $205,000 starting price, drop your weary, wealthy body into the supple leather seats, and try to get with the old-school charm.

Bentley starts with the same, 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine as the existing car, but tunes it for 521 HP and 502 lb-ft. of torque, compared to 500 HP and 487 lb-ft. It helps nudge the top speed up, too, from an already-ridiculous 183 mph to 190 mph; if you want to break the 200 mph barrier you’ll need the Flying Spur W12 S, which blasts 202 mph from its vast, 6-liter engine.

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