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The Flying Spur V8 has begun full production at Bentley's Crewe facility, with production rates operating at full capacity while keeping to health guidelines.

17 Nov 2020 | International News : U.K.

The new Flying Spur V8 has entered full production at Bentley's Crewe headquarters, the world's first carbon neutral factory for luxury car manufacture, with the car now formally certified and the first cars already on their way to retailers and customers.

Production of the new Flying Spur is at maximum capacity, with employees adhering to Bentley's COVID-19 protocols which have prevented any cases of on-site transmission to date.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 542bhp and 770Nm of torque, propelling the 2,330kg Flying Spur up to 318km/h
A team of craftspeople assemble each new Flying Spur V8 by hand, taking over 100 hours to do so across 84 individual stages. The new V8-powered Flying Spur builds on a distinguished lineage, with Bentley recently producing the 40,000th Flying Spur since 2005.

The process of creating a new Flying Spur is meticulous in approach - for example, it takes 141 craftspeople using 3.0km of thread to combine 350 unique leather pieces to make the 60 components that form the interior.

The Flying Spur V8 offers a more driver-centric experience via increased agility and a more characterful engine note, whilst benefiting from an increased total range of 709km. CO2 emissions have been reduced by 15% as compared to the Flying Spur W12.

At the heart of the car is Bentley's 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 542bhp, and with its twin scroll turbos, a maximum torque figure of 770Nm at 2,000rpm and maintaining it up to 4,500rpm. Top speed is 318km/h, with a zero to 100km/h acceleration time of 4.1 seconds. 

Dynamically, the Flying Spur V8 feels more agile than the W12 model, as it not only weighs 100kg less, it also has less weight over the front axle
To maximise fuel economy, the V8 can shut down four of its eight cylinders under light-load conditions. The change is imperceptible to the occupants, with deactivation times of around 20ms.

The Flying Spur V8 is 100kg lighter than the W12 version, making the vehicle feel more agile and responsive with a distinctive personality of its own.

The Flying Spur V8 comes as standard with advanced powertrain and chassis advancements like adaptive air suspension, torque vectoring by brake, drive dynamics control, and electric steering. Optionally, customers can add a 48V electric active anti-roll technology, and electronic all-wheel steering for even greater agility.

The Flying Spur V8 is available in both four-seat or five-seat configurations. It also features the iconic Bentley Rotating Display, which comes with Apple CarPlay, photorealistic landscapes through satellite maps and advance warning of changing road or traffic conditions via the local hazard information service.

141 craftspeople use 3.0km of thread to combine 350 unique leather pieces to make the 60 components that form the luxurious interior
The new Flying Spur incorporates a class-leading portfolio of intelligent and intuitive equipment tailored to the driver and passengers. An embedded SIM is provided, meaning My Bentley connected car features no longer require customers to provide their own data connection. 

Remote services are accessible through the My Bentley app, including a range of features our customers now come to expect - from 'find my car' and 'lock my car', through to car status and statistics - including integration with other functions such as the park heater where fitted.

Through a range of optional equipment including Rear Seat Entertainment tablets, audio options up to the industry-leading Naim for Bentley system and even the luxury of an onboard two-bottle drinks cooler, the rear cabin of the Flying Spur is the ultimate place to work or relax while on the road.

Electrically operated picnic tables mounted in the rear of the front seat can be deployed with a single press of a button. The veneer covered table lowers, levels electrically and reveals a leather trimmed surface with a recess for a pen or stylus. Holding the button down the table elegantly returns to its home position.

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