When someone mentions “luxury four- door grand tourer”, one of the first cars that will pop up in our minds is none other than the Bentley Flying Spur, a model that is well known among the high and almighty even in Malaysia.
Crafted at Bentley’s carbon neutral factory, which is a first of its kind as far as luxury car manufacturers are concerned, the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 is actually assembled by hand, and takes about 100 hours each car across 84 stages.
At the heart of the car is Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine, producing a peak power of 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque.
Thanks to the powertrain, the new Bentley Flying Spur is able to do the century sprint in 4.0 seconds, naught to 160 km/h in 8.8 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 318 km/h.
To maximise fuel economy, the V8 can even shut down four of its eight cylinders under light-load conditions, when torque demand is below 235 Nm and engine speed is below 3000 rpm.
Compared to the W12 version, the Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than, making the vehicle feel more agile and responsive with a distinctive personality of its own. The new model includes the latest powertrain and chassis advancements; Adaptive Air Suspension, Torque Vectoring by Brake, Drive Dynamics Control, and Electric Steering, all of which are standard features.
Furthermore, customers can add Bentley’s pioneering 48V electric active anti-roll technology (Bentley Dynamic Ride), and also the Electronic All-Wheel Steering for even greater agility.
Available in four-seat or five-seat configurations, the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 comes with numerous intelligent and intuitive equipment and technology tailored to the driver and passengers such as the industry-first Bentley Rotating Display, photorealistic landscapes through Satellite maps, and advance warning of changing road or traffic conditions via the Local hazard information service, just to name a few.
Other equipment include the Rear Seat Entertainment tablets, audio options up to the industry-leading Naim for Bentley system and an onboard two-bottle drinks cooler. The new refrigerated bottle cooler can be found between the rear seats behind the centre armrest.
With two levels of cooling from +6°C to -6°C and the ability to accommodate six 330ml soft drinks, four 500ml bottles or two full sized (750ml) champagne bottles, the cooler can be stocked to suit any journey.
A completely new design means that the cooler is packaged into a much smaller space than the previous generation Flying Spur, meaning less intrusion into the vast 420 litre boot space.
In the rear cabin customers can also specify a four seat configuration benefiting from a long, through-console extending from the front console to the rear. The four-seat configuration makes the ultimate statement in design, comfort and luxury.
The console includes a new housing for the 5” touchscreen remote, twin cupholders, extra stowage and the option of a wireless charging point. The rear armrest includes a bright metal finisher and hides two USB ports and a 12v power socket.
Electrically operated picnic tables mounted in the rear of the front seat can be deployed with a single press of a button. The veneer covered table lowers, levels electrically and reveals a leather trimmed surface with a recess for a pen or stylus. Holding the button down the table elegantly returns to its home position.
That said, ordering is now open for the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 globally, as first cars leave Crewe for their new owners.
Just a few weeks ago, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid supercar made its Malaysian debut, and by the time we were done talking about it, Ferrari has taken the wraps off the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Spider, which is essentially the topless version of the Stradale.
As similar as it is with the SF90 Stradale, the Ferrari SF90 Spider is slightly more special as it is the Prancing Horse’s first production plug-in hybrid spider.
Featuring the latest iteration of Ferrari’s Retractable Hard Top architecture which first debuted on a mid-rear engined berlinetta in 2011, the SF90 Spider is powered by a 780 hp V8 turbo engine and three electric motors – one at the rear and two on the front axle – which bring the maximum power output to a staggering 1,000 hp.
In case you’re wondering how quick it is, the Ferrari SF90 Spider can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds, and from 0-200km/h in 7.0 seconds.
Complementing the powertrain is an AWD system, four drive modes (eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, Quality), a dynamic control system called eSSC, Torque Vectoring, and up to 390kg of downforce at 250km/h.
Despite being a plug-in hybrid and a Spider, the star of the show is still the V8 engine as Ferrari designed the car in a way that the tonneau area has been integrated seamlessly in a way that the engine is clearly visible both when the roof is up or down.
Speaking of which, the retractable hard top goes up or comes down in 14 seconds can also be deployed when the car is on the move, weighs 40 kg lighter than a conventional RHT, and takes only 100 litres of space.
Inside, we have a new steering wheel with a touchpad that allows drivers to control virtually every aspect of the car without moving their hands. The central instrument cluster is now entirely digital with a 16” curved HD screen, which can be fully configured and controlled using the controls on the steering wheel.
On the central tunnel, the automatic gearbox controls are now actioned by a grille-style feature that references Ferrari’s manual gearshift gate.
Other highlights include the Assetto Fiorano suite of features which includes Multimatic shock absorbers, a carbon-fibre rear spoiler, road-homologated Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, as well as an optional two-tone livery that further underscores the car’s racing vocation.
Those who purchase the car will be entitled to an extended seven-year maintenance programme offered with the SF90 Spider. Available across the entire range, the programme covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life.
Bentley Kuala Lumpur has discreetly taken the wraps off the new Continental GT V8 a couple of days ago, a year after the Continental GT W12 “big brother” made its way into the Malaysian market.
Powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine producing 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque, the new Continental GT V8 is capable of doing the century sprint in 4.0 seconds flat, and hitting a top speed of 318 km/h. Paired to the engine is an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Just to put things into perspective, the Continental GT W12 which makes 635 PS and 900 Nm of torque, is able to sprint from zero to 100 0.3 seconds quicker, while clocking a top speed of 333 km/h.
Further complementing the Continental GT V8’s powertrain package are features like the Bentley Drive Dynamics Selector, hollow lightweight roll-bars, a Dynamic Ride System, air suspension, an Active AWD system, and Continuous Damping Control.
Driver Assistance features include Active Lane Assist, Park Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist.
Featuring a more muscular exterior design than before, the new Bentley Continental GT V8 comes with goodies such as 20- to 22-inch alloy wheels, quad exhausts, 7 body colours, LED Matrix cut-crystal headlights, as well as subtle V8 badging.
Customers who want the car to look even sportier can opt for the Blackline Specification where all chrome and shiny bits, trims, and accents are blacked out, except for the Bentley badges and the rear lettering.
Inside, the Continental GT V8 features some high quality leather, sustainably sourced veneers, 20-way adjustable leather seats, a Crown Cut Walnut dashboard, a 650-watt, 10-speaker audio system, and the coolest of them all – the three-sided 12.3-inch touch-screen Bentley Rotating Display.
In case you’re wondering how much it will cost to get your hands on this beauty, prices start at RM795,000 before duties and taxes.