The Bentley Flying Spur – hailed as “the best luxury sedan in the world” – is now available in Saudi Arabia with Bentley’s renowned and highly successful V8 powertrain. The regional launch of the British brand’s latest model was hosted in Jeddah by Bentley in Saudi Arabia.
Since the all-new Flying Spur went on sale in the region in October 2019, it has generated significant demand among customers, writing a new phase in the history of Bentley four-door Grand Touring in the Middle East and building on the success of the previous generation models. Over 40,000 Flying Spurs have now been manufactured in 15 years.
The Flying Spur V8, now available as an alternative to the iconic W12 model, offers a more driver-centric experience via increased agility and a more characterful engine note, whilst benefiting from increased range between fuel stops and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
At the heart of the vehicle is Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine, that produces a peak power of 542bhp and uses twin-scroll turbos to reach its maximum torque of 770Nm at just under 2000 rpm.
To maximise fuel economy, the V8 can shut down four of its eight cylinders under light-load conditions. The change is imperceptible to the occupants – with deactivation times of around 20 milliseconds (a tenth of the time it takes to blink).
The Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than the W12 version, making the vehicle feel more agile and responsive with a distinctive personality of its own. The new model includes the latest powertrain and chassis advancements; Adaptive Air Suspension, Torque Vectoring by Brake, Drive Dynamics Control, and Electric Steering, all of which are standard features. Furthermore, customers can add Bentley’s pioneering 48V electric active anti-roll technology (Bentley Dynamic Ride), and Electronic All-Wheel Steering for even greater agility.
The Flying Spur V8 also incorporates a class-leading portfolio of intelligent and intuitive equipment tailored to the driver and passengers, including a new Touch Screen Remote in the rear. The car masterfully balances delicacy and craftsmanship, with supremely comfortable seats in five hide colours. The Colour Specification option also adds 10 further hide colours and two duo-tone interior configurations. Bentley’s ‘Wing’ theme features across the lower console and fascia, with Crown Cut Walnut as standard, and a choice of a further seven veneers, plus a High Gloss Carbon Fibre finish.
The Flying Spur V8 offers seven Bentley paint colours to choose from as standard, along with an additional extended paint range of over 60 colours. , including Mulliner and personal commission. It is equipped with 20-inch, 10-spoke painted alloy wheels, V8 wing badging and Quad exhaust pipes.
The new Flying Spur, available in both four-seat or five-seat configurations, incorporates a class-leading portfolio of intelligent and intuitive equipment and technology tailored to the driver and passengers. The industry-first Bentley Rotating Display is also available on the new Flying Spur V8, including Apple CarPlay®, photorealistic landscapes through satellite maps and advance warning of changing road or traffic conditions via the local hazard information service.
Commenting on the success of the Flying Spur and the arrival of the new V8 engine in the Middle East, Firas Kandalaft, Marketing and Communications Manager of MEAI: “The all-new Flying Spur delivers a quantum leap forward in performance, comfort and innovation. The new V8 model is set to take its popularity to new levels, having been engineered to deliver driver-focused ability, whilst offering passengers the refinement, comfort and technology expected from a grand limousine.
“We are grateful to Bentley in Saudi Arabia for their support in hosting the regional launch. Holding it in Jeddah reinforces the importance of the Saudi market to Bentley, and demonstrates our commitment to the Kingdom.”