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Bentley Flying Spur (2013–)

Last updated 22 March 2018

New Flying Spur gets eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Hand built quality and a sumptuous interior.
Rear end styling is a bit awkward.
Updated 7 September 2016
Bentley Flying Spur W12 S introduced

The new model is the first four-door Bentley to have a top speed in excess of 200 mph, and offers a more sporting experience for owners looking for increased power, torque and responsiveness. The Flying...

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Introduction

Few brands hold the same eminence as Bentley. That famous winged badge has always been associated with opulence and performance - an image the brand continues to enjoy. Few manufacturers have such a rich heritage and very few brands make cars in the same way Bentley does.

The new Continental Flying Spur is unmistakably a Bentley, with large, round twin-headlights and purposeful yet understated styling. It’s got the power it needs to be a true Bentley, too – the 6.0-litre W12 produces 625PS and 800Nm of torque. That’s sufficient for a 200mph top speed and a 0-60mph sprint of 4.3 seconds.

All models have all-wheel drive and are fitted with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Improvements have been made to fuel economy over the outgoing model, but don’t expect frugality – combined cycle economy is 19.2mpg and emissions are 343g/km.

The cabin is as sumptuous as you’d expect – there’s soft leather, seat heating and ventilation for all occupants and there’s lots of seat adjustment to maximise comfort. All of the wood veneer – almost ten square metres per car -  is hand crafted and seven variations are offered.

The Flying Spur is offered in four or five-seat form. The former features an extra storage area with a stowage case trimmed in veneer to match the interior of the car. There are electronically operated rear privacy blinds fitted as standard to both four- and five-seat models.

It’s not all traditional, though – there’s an eight-inch touch screen with sat nav, voice control and Bluetooth. Rear seat passengers can control the touch-screen with a remote, while hard workers can specify a Bentley Connectivity Unit, which adds 10-inch screens to the rear headrests and web-connectivity.

The Flying Spur really is a special car and one that's a pleasure to drive or be lucky enough to be driven in. With prices starting at £140,900 it is of course a very expensive luxury and it's easy to add much more onto that. The cars we were driving had £40k of options fitted. Sure there are plenty of less expensive limousine-like models out there, but nothing can hold a candle to the Bentley. It really is in a class of its own.

 

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