Bentley Flying Spur

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Editors' First Take

It's a beautiful morning in West Hollywood and there's a Bentley Flying Spur parked outside my apartment. Should I take it up the coast? Head out to the desert and stretch its legs on some empty roads? Or should I just cruise through Beverly Hills to blend in with the social elite? Any of these options is a perfect use case for a car like the new Flying Spur. But the answer ended up being a wildcard: None of the above.

See, this specific Flying Spur is accidentally rolling on Pirelli Sottozero winter tires, which aren't exactly useful in sunny Los Angeles. So I decide screw it, I'll just go find some snow, and it's off to Big Bear Lake in the mountains northeast of LA. Turns out the Flying Spur is the perfect car there, too.

New engine, same Spur

The V8 option is new for the 2021 Flying Spur. It's the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine found in the Bentayga and Continental GT, as well as a number of other Volkswagen Group products. Here, the V8 makes 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Bentley quotes a 4.0-second 0-to-60-mph time and a 197-mph top speed, which are 0.3 seconds and 10 mph slower than the W12's figures. However, the V8 model makes up for the deficit with a 220-pound weight reduction, not to mention better weight distribution. Like the W12, the V8 Spur is only available with a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.

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