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- Bentley Motors

The Bentley Flying Spur Is The Fastest Production Saloon Ever

5d ago

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At 207mph, the 626-horsepower, all-wheel-drive luxury barge surpasses the Alpina B5, Alpina B7 and Aston Martin Rapide AMR by 2mph, and the Dodge Charger Hellcat by 3mph. The 2,500-plus-kilogram beast can even hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, which is a slightly quicker sprint time than the Hellcat and Cadillac CTS-V.

At first glance, you'll think it is a more Christian version of the Genesis G90, which God intended for the entrepreneur and for the chauffeur to drive to work. But it's a true Bentley with an all-new, twin-turbocharged W12 engine (but not the same one used in the original Continental Flying Spur and the just-previous Flying Spur).

It can 'probably' hit 100 mph (161 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and complete a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at 126 mph, which matches those of the typical Dodge Charger Hellcat, Cadillac CTS-V, BMW M5, and Mercedes-AMG E63 S. I have no evidence for such acceleration times, but I just want to see if I'm right. If it's all true, then it's the fastest full-size luxury saloon/sedan on the market with numbers matching the aforementioned midsize high-performance four-doors.

Even those numbers were achieved only by supercars ten years ago such as the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and 599 GTB Fiorano, Chevy Corvette Z06 and ZR1, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and Murcielago LP640, Ford GT, Porsche 911 GT2, and Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series and SLR McLaren.

While "ungoverned," the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and S63/S65, as well as the BMW M5 and M760Li can hit around 205 mph. Either way, the Bentley's 207mph is extremely impressive for a car weighing almost as much as a Mulsanne (albeit with all-wheel-drive, making it feel like an even lighter car).

If I were Bentley, I would mass-produce the Mulsanne Supersports with a 211mph top speed and 800 brake horsepower.

I might not like the Flying Spur as much as I do the rear-wheel-drive, pushrod V8 Mulsanne, but it's still a better deal with much better performance!

Did I forget, the Flying Spur now has rear-wheel-drive mode? Well, you can kiss your BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S or Kia Stinger GTS goodbye!

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