New Flying Spur enters full production at Bentley’s Crewe factory
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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 on their way to retailers and customers. Manufacture of the new Flying Spur is at 100% of capacity, thanks to Bentley’s proven COVID protocols that have prevented any cases of on-site transmission to date.
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 three kilometres 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 increased range between fuel stops – now 441 miles / 709 km (WLPT) – and a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions vs its W12 sibling.
At the heart of the car is Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine, producing a peak power of 550 PS (542 bhp, 404 kW) and using twin-scroll turbos to reach its maximum torque of 770 Nm at 2,000 rpm and maintaining it as flat plateau to 4,500 rpm.
The Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than the W12 version, making the vehicle feel more agile and responsive with a distinctive personality of its own. The new model includes the latest powertrain and chassis advancements; Adaptive Air Suspension, Torque Vectoring by Brake, Drive Dynamics Control, and Electric Steering, all of which are standard features. Furthermore, customers can add Bentley’s pioneering 48V electric active anti-roll technology (Bentley Dynamic Ride), and Electronic All-Wheel Steering for even greater agility.
Member of the Board for Manufacturing, Peter Bosch, comments:
“The new Flying Spur V8 is the newest addition to our family of luxury grand tourers, built in our carbon neutral factory in Crewe. Around 100 hours of skilled handcraftsmanship go into each and every Flying Spur, in a factory running entirely on renewable or sustainably-sourced power. The Flying Spur V8 becomes our tenth model in production at the moment, and we’re really looking forward to getting the first cars to their lucky new owners.”
Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine produces a peak power of 550 PS (542 bhp, 404 kW) and used twin-scroll turbos to reach its maximum torque of 770 Nm at just under 2000 rpm, maintaining this as a flat plateau through to 4500 rpm.