Dynamic differences are relatively modest. The V-8 car is about 330 pounds lighter than the one with the W-12, with most of that mass coming off the front end. As a result, it turns slightly more willingly and steers with more precision. This hasn’t transformed the car, which still feels substantial in a premium luxury way. The ride quality is Bentley plush, deeply appreciated over some of the broken British back roads on which we drove the car. The air suspension offers four levels of damping, with even the softest keeping the body under tight control when asked to deal with asphalt that seemed to have been relaid for the last time..
As with the rest of the Continental clan, the V-8 Spur’s four-wheel-drive system has been set up to ensure maximum traction at all times, and there’s never any sense that you can do much to influence your cornering line via the throttle. Not that you should try to, of course—you might spill the rear-seat occupants’ champagne. The eight-speed autobox shuffles its ratios smoothly and seamlessly in everyday use, but requests for sudden acceleration seem to confuse it momentarily as it delivers multiple kickdowns, one after the other. You can sharpen it by sliding the gear selector into Sport mode or taking control of selection yourself via the paddles located behind the steering wheel..
While the 505-hp 6.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 and the 530-hp version exclusive to the Flying Spur Speed carry on unchanged, there are a few notable driveline and chassis changes. A recalibrated ZF eight-speed automatic offers an S mode to keep the engine above 2000 rpm and turbos at the ready. The air-spring suspension has a Sport mode (in addition to default and Comfort settings) with tighter body-motion control and more precise steering response. Ride height is automatically reduced at highway speeds for enhanced stability and lower drag. Likewise, new active engine mounts and suspension bushings plus a one-inch foam liner inside each tire diminish cabin noise by a claimed four decibels.. Call us and together we can find out the best option for you.
Likewise, new active engine mounts and suspension bushings plus a one-inch foam liner inside each tire diminish cabin noise by a claimed four decibels.. Call us and together we can find out the best option for you..