Following the introduction of the latest Continental GT in 2017 and its drop-top sibling in 2018, Bentley has now introduced it’s bold new redesigned Flying Spur.
Being a totally brand-new ground up development, the new Bentley Flying Spur is targeted at those customers who want more distinction and presence than the Audi A8 W12 is capable of. Entering its third generation, the Flying Spur is slightly longer than its Audi cousin, stretching to 5,304mm. The wheelbase is extended by 130mm, unlocking even more legroom for rear passengers (not that it was lacking any in the first place).
Although the new car looks a lot like the one it replaces, Crewe says it’s an “all-new” design accentuating the luxury car’s road presence by the muscular lines running across the Flying Spur’s length.
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is significantly longer than its outgoing iteration. Who can refuse more legroom?
For those in the know, this Bentley used to go by the name of Continental Flying Spur before it entered its second generation. Naturally then, its design echoes that of the Continental GT Coupe, stretched and suited to accommodate a pair of extra doors. Although opinions might differ, the Bentley Flying Spur comes across as a more pleasing design than the bigger Mulsanne. LED Matrix headlamps, 21-inch rims, panoramic glass sunroof, and the retractable (a first on any Flying Spur) “Flying B” with its own light show- all come together to make you understand just how much of luxury is packed in the saloon.
Bentley has doffed its hat to the past by introducing vertical slats to the Flying Spur’s grille, along the lines of the 1957 S1 Continental Flying Spur. Customers can choose between 17 standard colours and a bright chrome or black finish for the lower grille. Chrome is tastefully peppered all over the sedan, encircling the headlamps and taillamps, plus the window line.
Inside, there is a choice of 15 hide colours for the upholstery, and an industry-first three-dimensional diamond quilted leather on the door cards. Veneer choices are aplenty, as is a dual-veneer finish. The rotating 12.3-inch touchscreen is the car’s party trick, staying neatly out of sight behind the veneer at the touch of a button. The rotating panel shows three analogue dials with a chronometer, compass, and outside temperature indicator to make for an old-school look.
The standard 10-speaker sound system can be upgraded to 16 speakers, courtesy of Bang & Olufsen. A range-topping 19-speaker, 2,200-watt Naim system with active bass transducers is also on the menu.
Passengers of the Flying Spur are spoilt for choice with as many as 15 different hide colours to choose from, along with almost as many veneer trims.
Powering this British behemoth is a 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that makes 626hp and 900Nm. This engine also powers the Bentayga Speed and puts power on the ground via a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. Even though the car is quite heavy (2,435kg) it’ll still sprint to the ton in 3.8 seconds, topping out at 333kph.
In a first for Bentley, the 2020 Flying Spur features all-wheel steering. AWD is standard and does away with the fixed 60:40 power split in favour of active adaptive power delivery depending on wheel slip and road conditions. The air springs now have 60 percent more air volume and feature continuous damping control to tweak the air suspension’s dampers. Finally, the 420mm front brakes are bigger than before to keep the Bentley Flying Spur’s heft in check.
Bentley will start accepting orders later this year, with deliveries commencing early 2020.