Bentley will reveal the much anticipated V8 version of the new Flying Spur at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
It will also make its fastest-ever production car even faster: the Continental GT Speed can now do 206mph, thanks to a power boost up to 635hp.
The faster new GT Speed will be identified by body-colour lower aero kit, plus dark-tint 21-inch wheels, headlights and tail lights.
Outside, there’s a new Candy Red Speed signature colour, and inside, a new colour split that adds contrast panels to an otherwise monotone interior.
Flying Spur V8 at last
It’s the V8 Flying Spur that’s the big news for Geneva 2014 though. Using the firm’s 507hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, key draw is a 520-mile range thanks to average economy of 26.4mpg (and CO2 of 250g/km).
That’s much better than the sub-20mpg W12 and will mean fewer stops for the chauffeur to fill up.
It can still do 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds though, and 183mph, and 486lb ft of torque is delivered at a diesel-like 1,700rpm. The eight-speed ZF auto still drives all four wheels too, for all-weather security; drive is biased 60% rearward
Differentiate the Flying Spur V8 from the W12 courtesy of its ‘figure eight’ tailpipes, red centre for all the Bentley badges and black inserts for the front bumper grilles. It has 19-inch wheels with a painted finish too.
Inside, there’s dark fiddleback eucalyptus wood and a monotone colour split. For those who want it even fancier, Mulliner Driving Specification option adds features such as 20-inch alloys, diamond quilting, knurled gearlever and more wood veneers: the standard choice of four interior colours is also extended to 17.
The Flying Spur V8 goes on sale not soon after Geneva in the spring. The Continental GT Speed? Summer 2014
We’ll report on them both at the Geneva Motor Show next week.