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