A Black Edition it may be, but being a Bentley, this particular edition of the Flying Spur V8 S comes with the Crewe manufacturer’s full palette of colours, inside and out. The fundamentals of the Flying Spur remain, with a 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged petrol V8 producing 528 PS and 680 Nm of torque. Outputs are channeled to all four wheels with a 40:60 front to rear torque split, via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The darkening treatments include dark lens tint and black bezels for the headlamps and tail lamps, while radiator and window surrounds, headlight washer caps and door-handle inserts are finished in gloss black. The Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition receives a bespoke, 21-inch ‘Elegant’ alloy wheel design finished in gloss black, which will be home to a set of brakes equipped with calipers painted either in red, or black.

Inside, the Black Edition is “dominated by a single tone with bold, contrasting stripes” of stitched leather hide which frame the centre panels on all four seats, also arcing over the headrests. The same accent colour of choice is matched by a contrasting headliner bow, which runs along the centre of the roof, and Piano Black trim and contrast stitching feature as standard.

Additionally, the Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition can be specified with the Mulliner Driving Specification, which brings diamond-quilted leather on the seats and in the door panels, again with contrast stitching. Thus configured, the car can also be fitted with a choice of two 21-inch, five-spoke, Directional Sports wheels in either a dark tint or – you guessed it – gloss black.

The present-day Flying Spur’s successor is in the works, as a Panamera-bodied test mule has already been spotted testing in public. Industrial commonalities with the current Porsche Panamera mean that it will be built upon the VW Group’s MSB underpinnings for large, longitudinally-engined models such as these.

It can be expected to feature the current car’s 6.0 litre biturbo W12 petrol, as well as the current Panamera Turbo‘s 4.0 litre biturbo V8. Given the Flying Spur’s limousine nature, a V8 diesel from the Bentayga could also feature, given the MSB platform allows for 48V electrical architecture required by the triple-charged diesel‘s electric turbo.