The Continental Flying Spur has been given a through once-over by the boys and girls at Bentley. The new Flying Spur drops the ‘Continental’ name to become a model in its own right, and gains improved styling, performance and luxury.
The Bentley Flying Spur was originally designed as a four-door version of the Continental GT grand tourer. However many of its customers ended up using the thing as a limousine, so Bentley took the decision to create a distinct new model that caters to people who like being ferried in comfort – at breakneck speed.
The Bentley Flying Spur uses the same 6-litre, twin-turbo W12 engin, ZF eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive system as the Continental GT Speed. It has access to a quite bonkers 616bhp and 800Nm of torque, which allows a 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 200mph. You’ll need to make sure you trust your driver implicitly with this thing in his hands.
The new Flying Spur looks more aggressive than the car it replaces, but in a gentlemanly sort of way. It features a sharper, more angular line running the length of the car, LED headlamps, a wider, lower front air intake that ditches vertical dividers in favour of a horizontal chrome flourish and a wing vent just behind the front wheel arch.
Inside the Flying Spur, it’s luxury all the way. Air suspension softens the ride by 10 per cent and 13 per cent at the front and rear, respectively, and you’ll barely hear the roar of the W12 engine or the road when you’re hurtling along at top speed, thanks a host of noise-supression technology. Among the highlights are lightweight acoustic underfloor panels, double glazed windows, front and rear acoustic screens and larger rear mufflers that help reduce exhaust noise by 12db at 3,000rpm.
Cabin technolgy in the Flying Spur is impressive. The car features a rear seat entertainment system that is controlled via a hand-held touch-screen remote control, its own Wi-Fi hotspot and the option of 1,100-watt Naim for Bentley premium audio system.
The all-new Bentley Flying Spur will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.