Bentley Flying Spur Speed arrives to replace standard W12

Bentley has unveiled the new Flying Spur Speed, with numerous cosmetic tweaks but the same drivetrain as the standard W12

Brace yourself as the Speed variant returns for the first time since 2013 and it will be one of the last cars to use W12!

It has been reported that it will be “one of the last models to feature the iconic W12 engine”.

The Standard W12-powered Flying Spur, went out of production in May 2022, and this Flying Spur Speed acts as a replacement.

Performance-wise, under the bonnet we're talking the same 6.0-litre W12, producing 449kW and 900Nm of torque as in the standard car. With a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 333km/h, the performance pretty much remains the same.

Similar to the Bentley Continental GT, the Flying Spur Speed also gains the same 420mm iron brakes, which are the largest of their kind on any production car in the world.

It's the ZF eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that manages its power, which is used in the Bentley Continental GT too. It delivers primarily to the rear axle and with an active four-wheel drive, this means that power is sent to the wheels when needed.

The Flying Spur Speed tweaks to its front upper and lower grilles don't go unnoticed either. With darker tints, as well as to the front and rear lights too, it will also feature speed rolls on a new and unique set of 22-inch alloy wheels available in various finishes including gloss black and silver, according to Autocar.

There is a ‘Styling Specification’ menu which adds a front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and boot lid spoiler all made from carbon fibre, and ‘Blackline Specification’, which switches all the exterior chrome brightwork for gloss black trim.

Inside, there will be a greater level of interior choice available, with 15 leather colours offered, up from five and a digital instrument cluster, which now includes new graphics, which Bentley says are inspired by “luxury chronographs”. You'll also be able to enjoy heated, ventilated, and massaging seats, and plenty of electrical adjustment – 24-way in the front, and 14-way in the back.

Bentley hasn't revealed any pricing yet for the model, but we can expect an increase over the old W12 that's for sure, and that was coming in at anything from £183,000 upwards.

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