The new Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition changes the traditional British prestige sedan into a ride with a contemporary flavor by the simple substitution of blacked-out trim for the usual glittery stuff.
That means gloss grille, black window surrounds, door-handle inserts and door mirrors, tinted lights and new wheels on the outside, with a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and piano black veneer in the passenger compartment instead of the usual wood.
The black trim is backed up under the hood, where the 4.0-liter V8 engine delivers 521 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. torque. This launches the Flying Spur 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190 mph.
Power meets the road through Bentley's all-wheel-drive system that has 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the livelier handling [good for power sliding on frozen lakes!] that comes from send most of the power to the rear wheels.
The Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition gets its own unique wheel design, a 21” seven-spoke pattern in a striking gloss black finish, unless the buyer chooses either of the two Mulliner Driving Specification 21” five-spoke directional sports wheel finishes in gloss black or dark tint. Brake calipers in available black or red finish peak out through the spokes.
The car's cabin features a single tone with bold, contrasting stripes of stitched leather hide that frame the four seats’ center panels, running up and around the headrests. Diamond-quilted hides in the seat and door panels with contrast stitching contribute for a more contemporary flair inside the Black Edition.