2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S
- The Bentley Flying Spur returns unchanged for 2018
- Part of the second Flying Spur generation introduced for 2014
- Strong power from either the V8 or W12 engine
- Predictably regal interior
- Extensive customization possibility
- Lacking rear-seat extravagance
- Dated infotainment and safety systems
Which Flying Spur does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
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.
Trim levels & features
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.
Features & Specs
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 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.
Bentley Flying Spur vs. the competition
2018 Bentley Flying Spur
2018 Mercedes-Benz Maybach
Bentley Flying Spur vs. Mercedes-Benz Maybach
Compared to the Flying Spur, the Maybach will leave you with an extra $60,000 or so in your account, yet the Mercedes also outshines the Bentley in a number of ways. In particular, the Maybach holds a technological advantage with its advanced safety features and automated driving features. When it comes to rarity and prestige, however, the Bentley comes out on top since the Maybach looks too much like an ordinary S-Class to stand out.
Bentley Flying Spur vs. Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
It will cost you another $80,000 or so to upgrade to a Rolls-Royce from the Flying Spur, but at this level it should barely be a dip on your financial lead. The Ghost has all of the presence of the Bentley and ups the wow factor with the rear-hinged "suicide" doors. You'll also get significantly more in the way of technology, with items such as low-level automated driving systems and advanced safety features.
Bentley Flying Spur vs. Bentley Mulsanne
If you're going to put down a quarter-million dollars for a Flying Spur, why not go all-in and spring for a $310,000 Mulsanne? The Mulsanne flagship has all of the class and refinement and even more of a stately nature. Like the Flying Spur, the top Bentley can also be customized to your heart's content to fit your particular tastes and outrageous budget.
2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Overview
The 2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S is offered in the following styles: , and V8 S 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S?
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