Ready to launch as the automaker’s fastest-ever 4-door model, the new 2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S steps up its performance with more power, enhanced handing and an edgier appearance. While deliveries are slated to begin by year’s end for some markets, there’s still no word on U.S. pricing or an official on-sale date.

The heart of the new Flying Spur W12 S is a recalibrated 6.0-liter twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine that now makes 626 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque, up from the 616/590 of the base W12. The added muscle lifts top speed to 202 mph, making it the first Bentley sedan to exceed the double-century pace. And with its full torque on call from just 2,000 rpm, this ultimate Flying Spur streaks from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. 

Tuned suspension

To fully exploit that extra might, the Flying Spur W12 S matches its standard rear-biased all-wheel drive system with revised suspension tuning that improves handling and cornering capability. It also offers optional carbon-ceramic brakes.

The exterior of the new Flying Spur W12 S borrows design cues from the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S, including a more aggressive front fascia with gloss-black grille elements and a Beluga gloss rear diffuser and door mirrors. Bentley also distinguishes this 12-cylinder model with unique gloss black treatments on the radiator cap, window and light surrounds, rear bumper, door handle inserts and headlight washers as well as dark-tint head/taillamps and special exterior badging. The W12 S comes with unique 21-inch alloy wheels done standard gloss black or optional dark tint.

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The handcrafted cabin of the new W12 S features its own bespoke touches starting with a black, machine-turned finish on the dash and door rails as well as a 3-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and knurled gearshift paddles that are optional on other models. The W12 S also boasts mono-tone, diamond-quilted leather upholstery in any of 17 colors as well as “W12 S” emblems on the headrests and door-sill plates. The car’s high-tech comfort/convenience features include a Wi-Fi hotspot and a back-seat touch screen that gives rear passengers control of the climate and infotainment systems.

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