Bentley Unveils World’s Fastest Sedan
The Flying Spur Speed is expected to be one of the last to carry the marque’s W12 engine.
As the famed British marque speeds towards electrification — promising to be completely free of combustion engines by 2030 — Bentley unveiled a new iteration of its W12 engine in the 2023 Bentley Flying Spur Speed.
Sitting atop the range, this is the fastest Flying Spur money can buy. The new model boasts a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 donk that produces 467kkW and 900Nm of torque, with a new tune producing an extra 63kW and 130Nm than the standard W12.
Power is received at all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, helping to rocket the burly Bentley sedan from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 333km/h.
That kind of top speed puts the model among the fastest sedans in the world, trumping the likes of the Alpina B7, Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo and Challenger Hellcat Redeye — all of which max out at 326km/h.
It’s then easy to forget that this is still a big Bentley, at 5.3-metres long there are myriad technologies in play that keep that kind of heft supple and nimble.
Take for instance the 48V dynamic ride system that controls the stiffness of the anti-roll bar — keeping the car as flat as possible through the corners. Couple that with the largest iron brakes in the world (according to Bentley), with front discs measuring 420mm in diameter providing the stopping power.
On looks, a number of new design specifications are offered including a front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear spoiler, all in a high-gloss carbon fibre. Further, the option of a ‘Blackline Specification’ replaces all the reflective chrome with a darker attitude including the Flying B mascot, window trim, exhaust tips and more.
In case the eye-widening acceleration didn’t inform you, the ‘Speed’ model comes with accents such as darkly tinted headlights, taillights, grill and ‘Speed’ badges alongside customisable 22-inch wheels, and a jewelled fuel and oil filler cap.
Inside, expect a new colour scheme and a new fabric, Dynamica Pure’, that uses 73% polyester. Additionally, 15 different leather colours and trim options like Piano Black veneer, Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stainer Burr Walnut and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus are at one’s disposal to mix and match.
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