Bentley Flying Spur: the rebirth of the winged limo
This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most famous luxury brands, Bentley. A symbolic century is to be celebrated! And what is better to celebrate the event than a brand new Flying Spur, the brand's flagship? We said yes, just like the current generation that has been running for 6 years!
For its third generation, the Flying Spur adopts a more stylized and sculpted overall shape, giving it a much more dynamic look than in the past. In fact, its appearance is so sharp that at the rear, the Flying Spur is more like a luxury coupe than a limousine, for real! But the brand doesn't lose its good habits! The front, on the other hand, is a continuation of the current model with double round headlights surrounding a (very) wide grid. From this perspective, the affinity with the Continental GT coupe is undeniable.
The lighting concept is very interesting. Look at these headlights, with their impressive crystal effect, they look like diamonds still freshly cut! These lights are equipped with Matrix LED technology, allowing you to constantly drive with your high beam without dazzling other drivers. The tail lights are also very well crafted. In the shape of a "B", these lights offer a very successful optical effect. That's enough to recognize the Flying Spur in the dark at a glance, even for neophytes!
By winning the Porsche Panamera's genes via the MSB-F platform, the Flying Spur sharpens its agility and reduces its weight. This results in significant gains in terms of performance, dynamism and comfort. So, has the Flying Spur been transformed?
Despite these physical changes, Crewe's limousine respects its fundamentals, namely a three-volume bodywork crowned by the traditional trunk. The length increases by 20 mm to 5,320 mm. The wheelbase, already giant on the current model, is still improving to reach 3,190 mm (+130 mm)! The width remains colossal at 1,980 mm. As a result, the Flying Spur displays on the balance the coquettish mass of 5,373 lbs (2,437 kg)... empty. Open the heavy door, a generation jump awaits you!
The Flying Spur's interior brilliantly combines the latest technologies with more classic and noble materials. For example, digital counters and a large removable central touch screen coexist with leather upholstery, the Breitling brand analog clock and precious wood inserts. In terms of equipment, a countless list of driving assistants will allow the car to drive autonomously both in traffic jams and on open highways.
The equipment list presents endless choices in terms of appearance and comfort. For example, among the 15 leathers and 17 colours to choose from, which one will make you look good? 10 speakers for the sound system? That's good, but maybe not enough. 16 optional speakers is better. But while we're at it, why not take a look at the 19 Bang&Olufsen 1,500 W or Naim 2,200 W speakers? With this arsenal worthy of a concert hall, the most fussy music lovers will be served!
The car has other strong points such as four wheel steering available on the Flying Spur for the first time. Agility in urban areas, as well as stability at high speeds, will be drastically improved. The icing on the cake is that the car has all-wheel drive so you can drive confident in all weathers! The Dynamic Ride allows the Flying Spur to offer its occupants a royal comfort at the pleasure of their dedicated driver!
Under the hood is a power monster. Here is the imposing 6.0L W12 Bi-turbo with 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. This is undoubtedly the most appropriate cavalry for a machine in search of the ultimate refinement. In the Continental GT, this engine makes the 0 to 62 mph possible in 3.7 s and then reach the crazy speed of 207 mph. On this Flying Spur with a more generous size, these figures will naturally be less flattering even if they will undoubtedly remain in a high level of performance.
The mk3 Bentley Flying Spur will later receive "more affordable" V8 engines and even a plug-in hybrid version that will significantly reduce its CO2 emissions. The first interested customers can go to their favourite Bentley dealership to book their Flying Spur for a cheque that will exceed $305,800 / £240,000 for the basic model.
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