Bentley has rolled out the W12 S, a new variant to their Flying Spur luxury saloon that’s capable of some serious speed, which is what that final letter is meant to denote, and is in fact the most rapid four door that the British marque has ever made.
The source of that peak pace is of course the engine as Bentley isn't one to entertain the act of removing weight to improve that power to weight ratio (although they did make an exception for their Continental GT3).
As is customary, a performance oriented does have some visual cues to its speedy nature, and the W12 S has an interior with orange accents and an equally orange body with gloss black 21-inch wheels, but still features piano black wood on the dash paneling while a carbon accents are an option.
Comfort is still a paramount concern here, topping the list of priorities by some way over pure speed. As such, the cabin upholstery can be selected from 17 choices of hide and other options for contrast stitch work steering wheel finish.
To its credit, though, Bentley has outfitted the car with huge brakes with carbon ceramics available as an option. Those discs and callipers will have a tough task ahead to stop the car at speed, though, with the W12 S tipping the scale at 2.5 tons.
Under the bonnet, the Continental Flying Spur W12 S has the same 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine as it did before. This time, though, power and torque has been increased to 467kW and 820Nm. That’s enough grunt to propel the all-wheel drive heavyweight saloon to 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds and to a top speed of 325km/h.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Flying Spur W12 S is the ultimate luxury performance sedan. It combines sharper dynamics and an increase in power from our renowned W12 engine with a more assertive exterior and interior design for customers looking for a Flying Spur with extra attitude.”
Millionaires who miss their Business Class flight now can now alternatively get themselves chauffeured at breakneck speeds in total comfort to their destination.