2021 Bentley Flying Spur V8 vs. Flying Spur W12

Bentley Flying Spur V8 side view

Flying Spur V8

Bentley Flying Spur W12 side view

Flying Spur W12

What's the Difference Between the Bentley Flying Spur V8 and Flying Spur W12?

The Flying Spur V8 and Flying Spur W12 are two different variations of the Bentley Flying Spur Sedan. The Flying Spur V8 is a well balanced luxury grand tourer, perfect for navigating around the Greater Orange County and Los Angeles areas with ease. The Flying Spur W12, or simply Flying Spur, is the flagship Bentley model offering the ultimate in luxury and performance for those who either enjoy driving themselves or prefer to be driven around.


The most notable difference between the Flying Spur V8 and Flying Spur W12 is the engine and subsequent performance differences. As the name implies, the Flying Spur V8 features a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 542 hp. The Flying Spur, on the other hand, comes with the infamous Bentley 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 626 hp. As a result, the Flying Spur W12 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds on its way to a 207 mph top speed - making it one of the fastest luxury sedans available.

The Flying Spur W12 also offers Bentley Dynamic Ride, which helps elimate body roll in corners, and Electronic All-Wheel Steering fitted as standard, with them being optional features on the Flying Spur V8.


The exterior of the Flying Spur and Flying Spur V8 remain fairly similar, with only a few notable differences. The Flying Spur V8 offers 20" five twin-spoke alloy wheels as standard, while the Flying Spur W12 comes with 21" twin ten spoke alloy wheels as standard. Additonally, the Flying Spur has two large twin oval exhuast tips and W12 fender badges, versus the Flying Spur V8 with slightly smaller quad oval exhaust tips and V8 fender badges. Both models offer a variety of exterior design options like enhanced chrome grilles or gloss black accents.


Inside the cabin, the differences are also faily minor, with the Flying Spur W12 offering 15 standard interior color options versus only 5 standard interior color options on the Flying Spur. Both models feature a 12.3” touchscreen infotainment system, standard heated/ventilated and massaging seats, and driver assistance technology like a Top View camera and Traffic Sign Recognition.

If you are looking for a luxurious yet lively luxury sedan loaded with advanced technology, the Flying Spur V8 is a perfect choice. If you also want top-of-the-line performance and engaging driving dynamics as standard, the Flying Spur W12 is for you.

Flying Spur V8 vs. Flying Spur

SpecsFlying Spur V8Flying Spur
Base Price MSRP*$196,000*$216,700*
Engine4.0L twin-turbocharged V86.0L twin-turbocharged W12
Horsepower542 hp626 hp
Fuel Economy (MPG)**Up to 15 city / 20 highway**Up to 12 city / 19 highway**
Transmission8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
DrivetrainActive All-Wheel DriveActive All-Wheel Drive
Dimensions209″ L x 78″ W x 58″ H209″ L x 78″ W x 58″ H
InteriorFlying Spur V8Flying Spur
Seating CapacityFive-Seat ConfigurationFive-Seat Configuration
Standard Leather ColorsChoice of 5 standard premium grade hide interior colorsChoice of 15 standard premium grade hide interior colors
Trunk Cargo Capcity14.83 cu-ft14.83 cu-ft
Standard VeneerCrown Cut WalnutCrown Cut Walnut
HeadliningAlcantara headliningAlcantara headlining
Foot PedalsStandard foot pedalsStandard foot pedals
TreadplatesTreadplates embossed with 'Handbuilt in Crewe, England'Treadplates embossed with 'Handbuilt in Crewe, England'
FeaturesFlying Spur V8Flying Spur
Apple CarPlay and Android AutoStandardStandard
Infotainment SystemFront screen infotainment system with 12.3” high resolution capacitive touch screen retina displayFront screen infotainment system with 12.3” high resolution capacitive touch screen retina display
Audio SystemBentley Signature Audio (Standard)
Niam for Bentley (Optional)
Bentley Signature Audio (Standard)
Niam for Bentley (Optional)
Standard Wheels20" five twin-spoke alloy wheel21" twin ten spoke alloy wheel
Standard Exterior ColorsChoice of 7 standard exterior paint colorsChoice of 7 standard exterior paint colors
HeadlightsFull LED matrix headlamps with High Beam AssistFull LED matrix headlamps with High Beam Assist

* Vehicle MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, registration, license and options. Starting price refers to the base model vehicle with no optional equipment included, and a more expensive model or trim may be shown. To get full pricing details, see your local AutoNation dealer.

** EPA estimated miles per gallon shown. Actual mileage may differ.

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