This is a sedan that can match the Mercedes SLS AMG. As the first four-door Bentley to achieve over 200mph (320kph), the Flying Spur W12 S is like the cool uncle you never knew you had — no-nonsense on the outside, but isn’t shy to bust a move or two after a couple of drinks.

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The Flying Spur W12 S was conceived in a bid to merge high performance with impeccable craftsmanship. Under the bonnet of the car sits a newly tuned 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine which, coupled with a billion torques (820Nm, to be precise), produces a monstrous 626hp. This means that you’ll need to warn your passengers before you floor the accelerator, because the car — as its name suggests — will take off from its mark and get to 100 kph in just about 4.2 seconds. And while the W12 S might look like a lumbering giant, its sport-focused retuned suspension sees a unique damper and stability control that ensure nimbleness.

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Meanwhile, the special sport version sees cosmetic tweaks that incorporate design cues of the Flying Spur V8 S, so passersby don’t confuse this snazzier version with its more “mundane” namesake. Besides tinted tail lights, and black seven-spoke 21-inch wheels, you will also have exclusive W12 S badging — because when you’re driving a car that badass, it’s only right people are well aware of it.

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Naturally, the Bentley Flying Spur W12 S is steeped just as deeply in high-end luxury fittings. A new colour split unique to the model can be customised (see above) with a choice of 17 cow hide colours, from the contrasting diamond quilt stitching on the seats to the steering wheel.

Engine: 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12

Power: 626hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 820Nm @ 2000 rpm

Transmission: Seven-Speed Dual Clutch Auto

Performance: 0-100kph in 4.2 sec

• Top speed: 325kph

Fuel: 19.2 mpg / 14.7 litres / 100km (combined)

Release date: December 2016

Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.