Rolls Royce may be making waves with the all-new Phantom VIII, but it’s not the only big uber-luxury sedan with news. The aging but still handsome Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition is here to prolong the life of the four-door Continental before a new model arrives sometime soon. It packs some small but noticeable styling changes into what’s still a handsome-looking sedan. Pricing and availability aren’t available, but expect the Black Edition to cost deep into the $200,000s.
The engine carries over unchanged, though that is far from a bad thing. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. While there’s a case to be made that a big Bentley should pack no fewer than 12 cylinders, the V8 is lighter and more nimble than the big W12. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed ZF transmission. This 5,329-pound car will hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 190 mph.
The big changes to the Black Edition come in the form of mild visual updates. Outside, the car gets black gloss brightware, eschewing the chrome on the grille, window surrounds, headlight washer caps, and door-handle inserts. Both the headlights and taillights get a subtle tint. Gloss-black 21-inch wheels are unique to the black edition. They cover either black or red-painted brake calipers.
The interior changes follow the same pattern. While there are a bit more chrome accents inside, the trim has been done up in piano black. Dark leather is accented by big, contrasting stripes that run from the bottom of the seats to the top of the headrests. The same color scheme runs along the length of the roof. Of course, with enough money Bentley will change the color to anything your heart desires.