Flying Spur V8: Fun Facts About an Engine You’ll Never Drive

While it is true that the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur is available with a W12 engine—that’s right, a 12-cylinder engine, which requires a “W” configuration in order to fit under the hood, or perhaps that is better put “bonnet”—there is also the V8 version. While the former has a price tag on the order of $220K and the latter closer to $200K, the V8 is probably more realistic—but let’s face it, what is the likelihood of that ever making its way to your driveway?

Bentley Flying Spur V8 (Image: Bentley)

That said, here are some things of interest about the 4.0-liter V8:

  • It produces 542 bhp
  • That means it develops more than 135 bhp per liter
  • It propels the vehicle to a top speed of 198 mph
  • It has twin scroll turbochargers that are located inside the V of the block that can operate at 176,000 rpm and produce up to 1.6 bar of boost pressure. The turbines operate at up to 950°C, or hotter than a burning log in a fireplace
  • The 0 to 60 mph time is 4.0 seconds
  • There are two high-pressure fuel pumps to feed eight solenoid-driven injectors. The pressure is delivered at up to 250 bar, which, according to Bentley, is 14x the pressure “required to move a 60 tonne steam locomotive.” Huh?
  • The cylinder bores are coated with a iron-alloy coating that is 150 microns thick (or about 2x the diameter of a human hair)
  • The pistons move at up to 20 meters per second
  • Depending on demand, four cylinders can be shut down in approximately 20 milliseconds, or a tenth of the time it takes to blink

Odds are you’ll never use this information. Odds are you’ll never drive a Flying Spur either.

But there are chances.

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