What is it?
The Flying Spur Speed is a new, hotter update of Bentley’s Continental saloon, with more power and a claimed 200mph top speed. The Speed gets the same uprated version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 that we’ve already seen in the Speed version of the coupe, with 600bhp and 553lb ft of torque.
Performance is more than adequate: Bentley claims that, despite a near-three ton kerbweight, the Spur Speed can crack 60mph from rest in 4.5seconds and get north of 100mph in just 10.5seconds.
Visually, the Speed is distinguished by a dark tinted front grille, a 10mm lower ride height and new 20-inch alloys. It costs £16,000 more than the standard Flying Spur.
What’s it like?
Bentley has given the Flying Spur a mid-life facelift at the same time as introducing the Speed package, bringing some mild updates to the VW-based saloon that was launched in 2006.
The radiator grille is slightly steeper and the bumpers are new, while the interior has been tweaked with piping and a new standard multi-spoke wheel. Fresh options include a brilliant Naim premium audio system.
The headline improvement is to the mechanicals. The Speed engine gets a series of detail improvements that together raise power from the previous 550 bhp (a level retained in the standard car) to 600 bhp, while also boosting economy by 3.5 percent.