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2018 Bentley Flying Spur: Overview

What’s New for 2018?

The 2018 Bentley Flying Spur gains a new V8 S Black Edition that brings 21-inch gloss black wheels, beluga exterior surrounds, dark tint front and rear lamps, red brake calipers and a sport steering wheel. There’s also a new Design Series by Mulliner.

What We Like

Handsome styling; quiet cabin; surprisingly spry for a huge luxury sedan

What We Don’t

Very expensive compared to rivals; mediocre fuel efficiency


The 2018 Bentley Flying Spur is a full-size luxury sedan that bridges the 6-figure delta between normal luxury sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the BMW 7 Series and the wildly expensive Bentley Mulsanne, which starts at more than $300,000.

But just because the Flying Spur offers a lower-priced alternative to the Mulsanne doesn’t mean it’s cheap. The ultra-luxurious sedan starts close to $195,000 with shipping, and that’s only for the base model with a V8 power plant. Opt for the traditional Bentley W12 and you’ll fork over $225,000 before options.

So what does $200,000 buy you in the luxury-sedan world? Quite a bit, actually. The base-level V8 delivers a raucous 500 horsepower and 488 lb-ft of torque, and it’s mated to a silky-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. If you step up to the W12, you’ll get a truly exceptional 616 hp (626 hp on the S trim) and 590 lb-ft of torque. The result is a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of 4.9 seconds for the V8 and just a shade over four seconds for the W12. The "S" model, offered with either engine, adds a more sporty touch thanks to a revised suspension and larger wheels.

Then there’s the luxury: Standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen with a remote control, 4-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a Breitling dashboard clock, 19-in alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and a power trunk lid. And it doesn’t stop there. Despite its high base price, the Flying Spur offers a wide range of options, including larger wheels, diamond-quilted seats, additional wood trim, Wi-Fi connectivity, wooden picnic tables for rear passengers, lamb’s-wool floor mats (yes, you read that right) and adaptive cruise control.

Of course, the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur suffers in fuel economy with all those pricey luxury features weighing it down. V8 models return just 13 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, while the W12 comes in at just 12 mpg city/20 mpg hwy. We suspect most Bentley owners won’t mind — or even notice.

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Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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