The Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Flying Spur Speed is a full size luxury four door sedan from the English automaker. Both models are powered by a 6.0L twin turbocharged W12 that is mated to a six-speed automatic, but the Flying Spur only gets 552hp and 479lb-ft of torque while the Flying Spur Speed gets 600 HP and 553 lb-ft of torque. These numbers help the Bentley accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds and reach a 200 MPH top speed making it the world's fastest four door saloon.
A luxury limousine needs no explanation. For many buyers, is the only type of car on the market they will consider. Transporting themselves, family members and business colleagues in comfort and luxury is the name of the game.
It is much more than comfort for these affluent clients, or we would see American businessmen lapping up the Chevy Impala or Toyota Avalon like they do stock options in a venture capital-backed, start-up company.
No, for these buyers - it is either a professionally-driven car service or it must be the something extremely luxurious and "on brand." In other words, something these fancy folks think matches their lifestyle, clothing, accessories, vacation spots and what-have-you.
So, let’s talk big. A back seat so roomy that you can read the full newspaper and cross your legs. For that, it will take the size of the Audi A7 at minimum, and up to the Rolls-Royce Ghost LWB at maximum.
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Following the updates offered for the Continental GT and the Continental GTC models, Bentley is also offering an update for its Flying Spur model. Just like with the other models, the Flying Spur will receive both exterior and interior changes, while the engine only received some minor upgrades.
Just like with the other two Continental models, the Flying Spur will receive a tricked out exterior with a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights. For the rear, the luxury full-size vehicle will get a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system. The interior will feature even more luxury, thanks to the addition of higher-quality materials and improved technologies.
The new Flying Spur will be about 110 pounds lighter than the previous model, and, according to Bentley it offers no less than 600 new parts.
Updated 02/20/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
Bentley is continuing to tease its upcoming Continental Flying Spur luxury sedan with a new teaser video called "Quietly Powerful." Even if very short, the new teaser video unveils a little bit more of the luxury sedan and, for the first time, you can get a good look at the headlamps. You just need to pay extra attention around the 20-second mark.
The new Continental Flying Spur will receive a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and - as revealed - new headlights. For the rear, Bentley will add a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system. The interior will also be upgraded with higher-quality materials and improved technologies. No changes will be made under the hood though, where Bentley will keep the usual 6-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Full details on the new Continental Flying Spur will be unveiled on February 20, 2013.
The upcoming Bentley Continental Flying Spur has been caught testing at the famous Nurburgring race track once again, but this time, it looks like Bentley has opted to heavily camouflage the luxury sedan. The last time the Flying Spur was caught testing, it was free of cammo and revealed what everybody already knew of its changes, leaving the new disguise to be a bit irrelevant.
Hidden under this new cover-up should be a more aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights, as well as a new trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system for the back end. Unless the camouflage is now hiding a surprise addition to the sedan, this should be all of the new exterior changes for the Flying Spur.
The standard Flying Spur will be offered with a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 HP and 516 lb/ft of torque, but just like all of the other Continental models, Bentley will also be offering it with a 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine producing an output of 500 HP and 487 lb-ft of torque.
The official debut for the 2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur will be made by the end of 2012.
These new spy shots lead us to believe this is the Continental Flying Spur V8 because the grey prototype is equipped with a different set of exhaust pipes, similar to the ones we have seen on the GT and GTC V8 models . Those exhaust pipes should lead us to the same 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine as in the coupe and convertible models. This engine will deliver a total of 500 HP at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque available between 1700 to 5000 rpm. We expect the sedan version to be a bit slower than the coupe, so the 0 to 60 mph will be made in about 5 seconds, while top speed will be below 180 mph.
Expect to see the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 launched sometime in 2013.
While most people will consider this a facelift, Bentley says the changes provided to the Flying Spur will make it a new model - just like the Continental GT. We have to admit, the changes are significant enough to justify the title. They include more upright bumpers with a new shape, new headlights with LED lights, and redesigned side mirrors. The chrome stripe at the bottom of the car has been removed and the door handles have been moved further down on the door. The Bentley has also received a slightly different roof line, new rear doors, a new bumper, and new taillights to match the headlights.
The only place left untouched on the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is its already superb 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine rated at 575 HP and 516 lb/ft of torque.
Expect to see the new Continental Flying Spur launched by the end of 2012.
Bentley , in collaboration with British design company, Linley, has announced a special edition Continental Flying Spur limited to only 10 units. The model will be sold in China where large four-door models are the most successful.
The special edition Continental Flying Spur Linley features a special rose-wood applied to the fascia, center console, waistrail, and roof console. The veneers cover the entire wood surfaces of the model, where Bentley chestnut or walnut would normally be used.
A unique Linley Helix motif has been taken from the distinctive Linley Helix Furniture Collection and is being used on the waist-rails and picnic table of the Flying Spurs. The Helix pattern is made up of four different types of veneer which contrast with the Santos rosewood to show the wave effect delivered by the marquetry. In addition, the rear console is being modified for a customer-commissioned Linley humidor.
Brett Boydell, senior designer at Bentley, says: "A special box has been designed by Linley which drops into a unique console. We have reconfigured the console so that the box can fit in, moving things around and creating a space. It was an engineering feat to meet the quality requirements of a Bentley and the design cues of Linley."
UPDATE 10/02/11: Bentley has officially unveiled the China-exclusive Continental Flying Spur Linley Limited Edition. Check out the new photos from the unveiling in the gallery!
Touring Superleggera was on hand at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show to unveil their new Touring Bentley Continental Flying Star - a shooting brake version of the 2-door coupe. The car is being offered at a base price of €590,000 when based on a Continental GTC.
The Flying Star is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that develops a total of 560 hp and 650 Nm of torque (when based on the Continental GTC). When based on the GTC Speed, it develops 610 hp and 750 Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.
Customers may choose from a variety of customization options, ranging from bespoke cabinetry and trim to a wide range of dedicated options. The accessory collection includes the Touring designed luggage set coordinated with the boot trim, and distinctive Borrani X-Ray spoke wheels. Blending advanced technology with craftsmanship, Borrani 20" 9.5j X-Ray spoke wheels provide distinctive design, precision, and comfort.
UPDATE 02/18/2011: A year after the Flying Star debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the car has finally been put on the market, but anyone with a desire to purchase this extremely limited model better hurry. There are only two units available worldwide with a price tag of $1,000,000.
Remember theContinental Series 51 ? Well Bentley figured that they shouldn’t waste a perfectly good tuning kit on one vehicle so they have applied the same treatment for the 2012 Continental Flying Spur. The company is offering its clients the opportunity to choose from a range of 14 Series 51 designs, that include different color and trim combinations.
For the Series 51 model, there is a main interior color (typically a darker shade)with a second insert color that provides an eye-catching contrast. A very special choice is the limited-edition Sapelli Pomelle veneer (which provides a rare, naturally occurring quilted effect in the wood) for the Series 51 Flying Spur and a range of further options, including Bentley’s leather trimmed child seat and scatter cushions for the rear seats.
The Flying Spur Series 51 models will be distinguished by a unique Series 51 graphite-finished nine-spoke, 19-inch sports alloy wheel, while twin Series 51 wing badges, positioned behind the front wheel arches. Another special feature is the new 30GB touchscreen infotainment system, seamlessly integrated into their handcrafted cabins.
Oh, those rock stars. They think they can get away with just about anything and expect no repercussions for their actions. Running rebels, are ya?
Well, one company isn’t letting the name of one iconic rock and roller from filing a lawsuit against the aforementioned star and now resident douche.
Bentley isn’t at all happy with Guns N’ Roses leadman, Axl Rose, for his direct involvement in turning a leased Continental Flying Spur from an exquisite luxury car to a destroyed heap on four wheels. Bentley Financials filed the suit seeking for payment to the damages done to the car that included, among other things, a cracked windshield, scratched wheels and trims, dented doors, gouged bumper cover, and even a missing remote key. And that’s not even getting into the part where he exceeded the car’s mileage limit by 42,000 miles.
As a result of the trashing, Bentley is requiring Mr. Guns N’ Roses to fork over $74,000 for all the damage he did to the car.
It’s one thing to go bonkers and trash a hotel room with your groupies, but for the love of God, you never, ever, destroy a car as awesome as a Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Shame on you, Axl Rose.