2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

2017 Bentley Flying Spur
2017 Bentley Flying Spur


  • Strong power from either the V8 or W12 engine
  • Predictably regal interior
  • Extensive customization possibility


  • Dated infotainment and safety systems
  • Lacking rear-seat extravagance
Bentley Flying Spur years

Which Flying Spur does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the standard Bentley Flying Spur. Built with a touring-oriented suspension calibration, it'll have better ride comfort over the highway, and its turbocharged W12 engine has plenty of passing and grade-pulling power. From there, go with the Mulliner Driving Specification. It's an interior and exterior design package with unique preselected materials.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Combining the attributes of a British steam train, an ocean liner and the Concorde, the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur is the most driver-focused of the world's elite luxury sedans. Confident power and stable handling are combined with British craftsmanship and luxury.

To be clear, this isn't a sports car with four doors. In the past, we've described the Flying Spur as a living room that can go 200 mph, and the 2017 model is no different. According to Bentley, it takes 138 hours to build one from beginning to end. Standard equipment includes burl walnut veneer and a Naim sound system. And as is the case for most cars in this price bracket, Bentley will happily mix and match colors and materials to your heart's content, all for a price. But when modern prestige and road-going spirit are the goals, the Flying Spur occupies an enviable niche.

2017 Bentley Flying Spur configurations

The 2017 Bentley Flying Spur is offered in two main variants: Flying Spur V8 and Flying Spur W12. There are also sport versions: V8 S and W12 S. The V8 utilizes a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 good for 500 hp and 487 pound-feet of torque. On the V8 S, output is increased to 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. For the W12, a 6.0-liter W12 engine cranks out 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The W12 S version has an incremental increase to 626 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard on all versions.

Take a seat inside and you'll find real wood veneer and leather saturate the interior, and chromed and polished organ stop vent dampers still feature prominently on the dash. Standard feature highlights include an adjustable air suspension, a power trunklid, keyless ignition and entry, a Breitling analog dashboard clock, four-zone automatic climate control and heated and ventilated multi-way power front and rear seats. Also standard are an 8-inch front touchscreen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, voice controls and an eight-speaker audio system

The Mulliner specification adds 21-inch wheels (or any other kind of wheel you'd like, Bentley says), a chrome lower front bumper with wing insert, a choice of 17 diamond-quilted perforated interior hides (including a presumably non-literal Porpoise decor option) and six wood veneers, an indented leather headliner, a knurled shift knob, drilled alloy pedals and a special gas tank cap.

Other notable options include carbon-ceramic brakes, adaptive cruise control, various wheel designs, flip-down wooden picnic tables for rear passengers, upgraded stitching, a two-passenger rear compartment with a full-length center console, a rear entertainment system with twin display screens, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 13-speaker Naim sound system. Bentley also offers a seemingly endless array of different color, trim and upholstery customization options.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not recently tested or driven this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.


With gobs of torque and an all-wheel-drive system that biases engine torque to the rear wheels to improve handling, the Flying Spur promises a relatively sporty driving experience by segment standards. The keyword there is "relatively"; this is an amply sized, heavy sedan after all.


This is the Flying Spur's raison d'être. Complete cocooning in real wood and leather, an adjustable suspension and a nearly silent powertrain enable passengers to feel almost completely isolated. But the rear seating isn't quite as posh as in other mega-buck luxury sedans.


If you're into latest whiz-bang technology, the Flying Spur is not for you. Instead, focus on craftsmanship and the get-down-to-driving nature of the cockpit layout. The Flying Spur is one of the few cars left that invite you to just drive rather than fiddle with the in-car electronics.


The only mission of the Flying Spur is to make its owner happy; utility is largely beside the point. Small storage space is limited, and the trunk can hold a respectable 16.7 cubic feet. But it's lined in plush carpet, of course.


Yes, it's lacking compared to, say, a current-spec Hyundai, but the rear-seat remote climate control tablet is nice touch, and there's no fiddly knobs or gesture control systems to get in the way. Simple touchscreen and buttons are all that's available.

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Features & Specs

14 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
521 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Flying Spur safety features:

Side Curtain Airbags
Helps prevent head injuries in the case of rollover by inflating bags over the side windows. For both front- and rear-seat passengers.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Manages the vehicle's speed when cruise control is active to match the speed of traffic and avoid collisions.
Stability Control System
Keeps the car from going too far out of control by reducing throttle and applying braking to individual wheels.

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More about the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur

Old-world charm meets modern engineering? The 2017 Bentley Flying Spur combines both into one elite executive luxury sedan. Hand-finished leather, wood and metal cover up the machinery and computers needed to make the nearly 5,500 pounds of Bentley go calmly down the road — or power up to a top speed of 199 mph (for the W12; 183 mph for the V8; 202 mph for the W12 S and 190 mph for the V8 S).

Both V8 and V12 engines feature variable displacement, which is the technology that cuts ignition and fuel to half the cylinders in order to be more efficient during cruising and deceleration. The suspension is adjustable and can raise or lower depending on conditions. S models feature their own unique tune that stiffens up the chassis for quicker reactions on twisty roads. All models are equipped with an eight-speed transmission that can be shifted with paddle shifters.

On the outside, the standard Flying Spur features 20-inch wheels, with the W12 S getting 21-inch wheels. The Flying Spur V8, meanwhile, gets a more comfort-oriented 19-inch wheel package; the V8 S receives 20-inch wheels. Both S models get blacked-out grilles and diffusers, along with S-specific badging.

But the interior is where all the magic happens. Each version of the Flying Spur has its own standard trim, but like most other cars in this price category, a simple request is usually all that's needed to get Bentley to put something else in its place. Same goes for the leather, too. The standard Flying Spur features more than a dozen leather color options, with additional color combinations (what Bentley calls "colour splits") available. Heated and vented massaging seats for all passengers are also standard. Rear passengers can interact with the seat controls, climate and window blinds through a small remote control. It's gimmicky, but then this high-premium category is partially defined by how well these vehicles can bring awe to their owners and passengers.

You can certainly get this level of performance for much less money. And you can also spend more money to get even more flash. But the Flying Spur occupies a unique segment of the market that combines performance, heritage and usability. With all these options and choices, let Edmunds help you build the perfect 2017 Bentley Flying Spur.

2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Overview

The 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S is offered in the following styles: V8 S 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S?

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