You wouldn’t look at this and think Crewe would you? But last week we got a peek at the all new Bentley Flying Spur and it seems the focus is very much on the Crewe manufacturer’s traditional values of refinement, luxury and power. While the original Flying Spur, released in 2005, was in many ways a spinoff of the Continental GT it seems Bentley have strived to make sure the incoming model has its own distinct identity.
They’ve set about this mission with a whole of host of changes that look set to make the Flying Spur a potent mix of unrivalled luxury and effortless power. Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, has stated, “Bentley’s new Flying Spur is the ultimate luxury performance sedan. Our engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Flying Spur is the perfect combination of power, comfort, refinement and hand-crafted quality.
At first glance it is clear to see that Bentley have opted to combine their traditional styling cues with several contemporary touches. It is lower, wider and more muscular yet accented with noticeable flourishes such as the new LED light assemblies, revised front grille and styling lines on the front and rear panels.
Under the bonnet there is the 6-litre twin turbocharged W12 unit churning out 616 bhp and 590 lb.ft of torque. Updated with a new engine management system that improves torque management, turbocharger control, drivability, emissions performance and low speed responsiveness, the result is Bentley’s fastest ever four-door saloon that will top out at 200mph and reach 60 mph in 4.3sec. Coupled to the W12 is an eight-speed gearbox from ZF that is now a feature across the entire Bentley range. To cope with the formidable performance of the new Flying Spur there are newly developed 19-inch tyres with higher sidewalls that aim to improve ride comfort, while the use of lightweight acoustic underfloor panels to minimise road noise continues, with aerodynamically optimised insulating sections applied to almost the entire underfloor of the car.
And despite this raft of added extras and additional refinements the Bentley engineers have managed to ensure that the new look Flying Spur comes in at 50kg lighter than its predecessor with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions set to improve by more than 13 per cent over the outgoing model with a combined cycle fuel economy of 19.2 mpg (14.7 litres/100 km), and CO2 emissions of 343 g/km.
Inside the car the cabin will feature over 600 new parts with only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some front console and controls having been carried over from the outgoing car. In typical Bentley fashion the interior will also feature hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers throughout. This will be coupled with state of the art in car technology that will include such options as a connectivity unit that will enable passengers to connect to on board wi-fi and use the entertainment system via built in 10 inch screens.
As always, Bentley’s dedication to luxury and refinement is unparalleled but the new Flying Spur looks like it will seamlessly partner this with a modern outlook and fearsome performance.
The new Bentley Flying Spur will be make its full global debut on March 5th at the Gevena motor show with sales to start this summer. Prices are yet to be confirmed.