Bentley Flying Spur – Crewe’s new 207mph luxury saloon

Bentley Flying Spur – Crewe’s new 207mph luxury saloon
Bentley Flying Spur – Crewe’s new 207mph luxury saloon

Bentley has unveiled its all-new Flying Spur with a promise that the luxury saloon brings new levels of technology, luxury and performance to the segment.

Designed and built in Crewe, Bentley says the new Flying Spur is a “technical tour de force” and the most advanced luxury grand touring saloon in the world.

New Bentley Flying Spur

The third-generation model is completely new and based on an all-new platform, shared with the Continental GT and Porsche Panamera. For the Flying Spur, this means a 130mm longer wheelbase than the outgoing model and the use of multi-material body construction to give it best in class body stiffness.

Driver focus

For the first time on any Bentley, the Flying Spur features electronic all-wheel steering to give it better manoeuvrability at low speeds and more stability at higher ones. It also features all-wheel drive and Bentley Dynamic Ride, with new three-chamber air springs to offer a range of ride settings from super-soft comfort to more controlled sporting firmness.

New Bentley Flying Spur flying B

Giving the Flying Spur a sporting turn of pace is a revised version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12, producing 626bhp and 664lb/ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the all-wheel-drive system, this will get the 2.4-tonne Flying Spur to 60mph in a champagne-spilling 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 207mph.

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Unlike the previous car’s fixed all-wheel-drive system, the new Flying Spur sends all of its power to the rear wheels under normal driving, diverting power to the front as and when road or driving conditions require.

Luxury finish

New Bentley Flying Spur interior

While Bentley says the Flying Spur is designed to be dynamic and involving for the driver, it is also designed to be the height of luxury.

Inside the all-new cabin there are a choice of different wood veneers and leather finishes, with diamond-knurled controls and three-dimensional quilted leather door inserts – a world first.

The “twin-flute” design seats are heated, ventilated, adjustable in just about every direction imaginable and feature multi-mode massage. In the rear passengers have a touchscreen system to control everything from the heating and massage functions to the position of the integrated blinds and even the deployment of the illuminated flying B bonnet emblem.

New Bentley Flying Spur rear seats

At the centre of the dashboard lies Bentley’s three-faced rotating display that lets drivers choose between a configurable 12.3-inch touchscreen, three analogue dials or a simply veneer fascia for a “complete digital detox”.

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Among the high-tech driver aids fitted to the new Flying Spur are night vision, a head-up display and LED matrix headlamps, along with traffic assist, city assist and blind spot warning.

And if the “standard” level of luxury isn’t enough, buyers can turn to the Mulliner personalisation service. As well as a choice of pre-prepared options, such as a 22-inch alloy wheels, sports pedals and jewelled-finish oil cap, this will let you specify everything from monogrammed upholstery to one-off body modifications.

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