On one side you have the visually influenced Bentley and, on the other, you have the mechanically influenced Bentley. The second special edition unveiled today by Bentley at 2010 Auto China Motor Show, Beijing is the Continental Flying SpurSpeed China. This special edition comes with a range of engineering upgrades developed for the Chinese market.
It gets a bespoke ’comfort’ suspension which emphasizes the car’s superior ride quality for both driver and passengers, whilst ensuring the class-leading performance of the W12 6-liter engine is in no way diminished. The car is capable of achieving a potential top speed of 200mph and a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds.
The Continental Flying SpurSpeed China is distinguished by sporty 20-inch multi-spoke Speed wheels, a range of design features that accentuate its special edition status, ’Speed China’ treadplates and wing badges and a special display case for the ignition key.
It probably would have been a good idea just to combine the Flying SpurSpeed China’s engineering upgrades with the Bentley Continental GT Design Series China ’s bold color choices to make one helluva sedan or coupe.
Press release after the jump.
Bentley is also launching the Continental Flying SpurSpeed China which retains all the potent performance of the company’s Continental Flying Spur Speed, the world’s fastest luxury four-door saloon, but with a range of engineering upgrades developed for the Chinese market.
A bespoke ‘comfort’ suspension setting has been developed for the Speed China which emphasises the car’s superior ride quality for both driver and passengers, whilst ensuring the class-leading performance of the W12 6-litre engine is in no way diminished. The car is capable of achieving a potential top speed of 200mph/322km/h and a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds).
The Flying Spur Speed’s distinctive, sporty 20-inch multi-spoke Speed wheels are retained to emphasise the car’s athletic character but for the Speed China, this performance is balanced with greater refinement through the re-tuning of the exhaust to produce a quieter note.
The Speed China’s refinement and handling upgrades are also accompanied by a range of design features that accentuate its special edition status. ‘Speed China’ treadplates and wing badges (with a matching badge visible on the centre console) have been created for this car and Bentley’s famous ‘B’ emblem has been affixed to both ‘C’ pillars.
Bentley’s ability to add extra, well-executed, touches of luxury can be found in the custom leather cushions for rear passengers which are embroidered with Bentley wings. Each car will also come with a special display case for the ignition key. Geoff Dowding, Regional Director, Asia and Middle East, comments:
“Bentley has a long and proud tradition of creating exclusive cars designed to meet the styling and driving tastes of our customers, wherever in the world they might be. Designed and offered exclusively for our customers in China, these special-edition Bentleys showcase our styling and engineering teams’ abilities and also underlines our desire to create cars for this influential market.”
Both models can be seen on the Bentley stand in Hall E5 of the Auto China Motor Show in Beijing which runs between 23rd April and the 2nd May in the New International Exhibition Centre.