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2016 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Geneva Motor Show news

Slightly sportier Bentley sedan will join W12 and V8 models

Lest everyone think Bentley is becoming soft with the rollout of an SUV and promises of electric cars, the Anglo-German automaker is following up its introduction of the Flying Spur V8 with a more powerful version. Because, you know, they’re not downsizing or anything.

In a couple weeks, the Geneva motor show will welcome the Flying Spur V8 S (which we’re tempted to call Vee Eights) powered by the same 4.0-liter eight-cylinder as the “base” sedan, but cranked up to 521 hp instead of “just” 500 hp. Torque will go up by a similar amount: 502 lb-ft versus 487 lb-ft in the bare-bones V8 model. Bentley will also retune the suspension in this hotter version, dialing down body roll.

In reality, the debut of the V8 S was all but assured by Bentley’s rollout of the Continental GT V8 S coupe; otherwise this version would have just sat around. But its rollout will do two interesting if predictable things: allow the lineup to seem like it is evolving, and create a more staggered price ladder and a middle choice for those who don’t want to go for the W12 engine

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