We’re not exactly sure why Bentley has chosen to christen its new trim for the Flying Spur, the ‘Beluga’. After all, there are better examples out in the animal kingdom to draw inspiration from – perhaps it is the company’s warped sense of humour in trying to reflect the Flying Spur’s proportions. We don’t know.

What we do know is that the new Bentley Flying Spur Beluga is merely a cosmetic upgrade, exclusively offered to V8-engined Flying Spurs. As such, the car soldiers on with the same biturbo 4.0 litre V8 engine with 500 hp at 6,000 rpm and 660 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm. Paired to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, this whale of a car rockets from rest to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds before topping out at 295 km/h.

On the outside, the Flying Spur Beluga differs from its sibling by adopting a gloss black matrix front grille and body-coloured lower grille bar. Elsewhere, exclusive ‘Black and Bright’ 20-inch machined alloy wheels are offered – the list of changes are touted to provide the car with “a more athletic stance and purposeful visual appeal.” Opting for the Mulliner Driving pack nets one a set of 21-inch ‘Extrovert’ wheels instead.

New Bentley Flying Spur Beluga-4

Additional goodies on the inside include piano black veneer, knurled shift paddles, contrasting stitching on the seats and steering wheel as well “as deep pile floor mats and boot carpet with contrasting leather binding.” Adding on the aforementioned ‘Mulliner’ pack brings diamond quilter leather, a knurled gear shifter, drilled alloy pedals and an indented leather headlining.

Aside from that, the Flying Spur remains as it is with the addition of several new features for 2015 – onboard WiFi connectivity being one of the many conveniences.