The Bentley Flying Spur is back – and it's as powerful as ever

The original Bentley Flying Spur debuted in 2005 and it was loosely related to the Audi A8 and the VW Phaeton, it even had the same engine as the Phaeton, the almighty W12 6 L with 552 hp for the base model and 602 hp for the "Speed" version.

Now there's a new one – and it really is new – built on a brand new platform, resembling the current Continental GT.

On the outside we find the modern's Bentley family feeling with the bonnet ornament which is illuminated at night and still meets pedestrian impact requirements. It also has rear-wheel steering and all-wheel drive system, and an electronically controlled clutch pack.

It has the familiar 6 L twin-turbo W12, coupled with an 8-speed automatic, with 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of. Officially, the Flying Spur can accelerate from zero to sixty in just 3.7 seconds, despite weighing almost 2.5 tons, and on to a top speed of 207 mph.

Inside we find a rotating 12.3-inch (31.2-cm) display and an all-new touchscreen remote that allows rear occupants to control several systems and of course, there's plenty of leather and wood.

Although the car shares a lot of different designs and components with the Continental, some elements like the centre console are completely new.

There's plenty of room at the back as well, thanks to an extension in the wheelbase, with heated and/or ventilated seats that can also give massages. A panoramic sunroof is also available, with retractable Alcantara blinds.

Deliveries for the Flying Spur will commence in the early part of 2020 and while there's no official price yet, it's likely to be in the $230k ballpark.