2018 Bentley Flying Spur Review

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Pros & Cons

  • Strong power from either the V8 or W12 engine
  • Predictably regal interior
  • Extensive customization possibility
  • Dated infotainment and safety systems
  • Lacking rear-seat extravagance
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Which Flying Spur does Edmunds recommend?

The anything-but-standard Bentley Flying Spur is our choice. The comfort-focused suspension does a better job of gliding down the highway than the sportier S model. We also recommend the W12 engine for the full effect, rather than the V8.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

A Gulfstream G650 may be the most affluent way to travel, especially when you consider its top speed of 600 mph and a starting price of $65 million, but you're obviously limited as to where to park it. The 2018 Bentley Flying Spur can hit speeds just past 200 mph and costs a mere 3 percent of the Gulfstream and you can park it almost anywhere. What a bargain!

In all seriousness, the Flying Spur will likely be a prime candidate to shuttle you to and from your jet, whether you prefer to drive yourself or if you prefer to enjoy it from a passenger seat. It's luxuriously appointed with the finest materials and built by master craftspeople. It's an understated proclamation of wealth that can be tailored to fit your needs and aesthetics. It's elegant for sure, but it does lack some more modern conveniences and technologies.

2018 Bentley Flying Spur models

The 2018 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 horsepower 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 that real wood veneer and leather saturate the interior, and chrome 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 multiway 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 a 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.

Driving

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.

Comfort

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 it is in other mega-buck luxury sedans.

Interior

If you're into the latest whiz-bang technology, the Flying Spur is not for you. Instead, focus on its 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.

Utility

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

Technology

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

Consumer reviews

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Fair deal
Bhullar,10/20/2018
V8 S 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Great luxury CAR ,I own 2018 custom made of order. But inside gudgets and latest tech like blind spot indicator,chamber for sunglasses, navigation tool. definitely poorer then my S550 mercedes Benz 2017
It’s a yacht that drives like a speedboat
Djlboston,06/07/2020
V8 S 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
I have the 2018 v8s. Classic black. It may not outperform the best from Mercedes and BMW, but it dwarfs them in class and scarcity. Worth every dime.
Superb
drputt,03/24/2020
V8 S 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
drives like a dream

Safety

Our experts like the Flying Spur models:

Side Curtain Airbags
Helps prevent head injuries in the case of rollover by inflating bags over the side windows. For both front and rear 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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Used 2018 Bentley Flying Spur Overview

The Used 2018 Bentley Flying Spur is offered in the following submodels: Flying Spur V8 S, Flying Spur W12 S, Flying Spur Sedan. Available styles include W12 S 4dr Sedan AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A), V8 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), V8 S 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and W12 4dr Sedan AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A).

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Bentley Flying Spur?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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