Bentley Sends Off W12 Engine In Style With 207-MPH Flying Spur Speed
Bentley’s 617-horsepower W12 bids farewell with a strikingly luxe grand tourer available with glossy carbon fiber or blacked-out accents.
Bentley’s transition to full electrification is coming this decade, and the luxury carmaker plans to usher in a new era with a maiden 1,400-horsepower EV due out in 2025. But Bentley’s hallmark W12 engine will bellow its swan song before then with the new Flying Spur Speed.
It reigns at the top Bentley’s five-car Flying Spur lineup and will be the final vehicle with a new W12 from Bentley HQ in Crewe, England, according to MotorTrend. In this superlative application, the 6.0-liter twin-turbo 12-pot cranks out 617 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque, up 84 hp and 96 pound-feet from the next-best, V8-powered Flying Spur S. Nearly half a second is shaved off the zero-to-60-mph time, and the top speed ascends from 198 to 207 mph.
A pair of aesthetic options offers owners the choice between tempered flash and dark elegance. The Styling specification covers the former with high-gloss carbon fiber componentry, including the front bumper splitter, side skirts with metallic Bentley badges, rear diffuser and trunk spoiler.
The Blackline specification replaces numerous pieces with Blackware on the iconic Flying B mascot, radiator vanes, matrix grilles, side window surrounds, and lower door and rear bumper blades. The front and rear light bezels, door handles, wing vents and the exhaust outlets are also accented with black.
The cabin is partially clad in suede-like material dubbed Dinamica Pure made form 73 percent recycled polyester. The rest is covered in one of 15 different leather colors, plus a trim veneer ranging from standard Piano Black to no-cost Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut or Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus.
The driver’s information panel and new performance infotainment graphics take inspiration from timeless luxury chronographs, while sport pedals, Speed fascia badges, and illuminated treadplates continue the upscale theme.
Official pricing and delivery dates haven’t been announced, but the 2023 Flying Spur Speed is live on Bentley’s official configurator here to keep interested parties occupied until more information is released.