Bentley Flying Spur (2013 – 2019) Review
Bentley Flying Spur (2013 – 2019) At A Glance
Launched in 2013, this second generation Flying Spur with a choice of 6.0-litre W12 or 4.0-litre V8 engines immediately delivered the classy, retrained drive that Bentley’s customers demand. While sharing much with the GT coupe, the Flying Spur is a true four- or five-seater depending on how it’s configured and is a car to be savoured from the back seat as much as from the driver’s chair. Running one isn’t cheap, but it rewards with supreme comfort.
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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.