2014 Bentley Flying Spur

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  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • Year:
    2014
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  • Engine:
    W-12
  • Transmission:
    ZF 8-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    616 @ 6000 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    590 @ 2000
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph (Est.)
  • 0-100 time:
    9.5 sec.
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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.

 

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The New, 2019 Flying Spur Will Be the Last Non-Electrified Bentley

The New, 2019 Flying Spur Will Be the Last Non-Electrified Bentley

This will mark the end of Internal Combustion Engines from the luxury automaker

The Bentley Flying Spur has been in the market for more than a decade now. The luxury sedan is one of the most popular models from the Bentley stable and is expected to be revamped as a much more distinctive luxury saloon in 2019. However, this will be the last Bentley to be launched before the company completely reinvents its cars for the electrification era. Read on to know more.

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2019 Bentley Flying Spur

2019 Bentley Flying Spur

The next-generation luxury sedan starts life as a Porsche Panamera

Launched in 2005 and updated in 2013, the Bentley Flying Spur is getting a little long in the tooth. As a result, the British firm has already begun testing the next-generation model and we have already received the first spy shots of the upcoming luxury rig. Don’t let the Panamera body fool you, this is actually a Bentley mule, and the fact that Bentley is using a Porsche body is by no means surprising. As you may recall, the first Bentayga prototype hit the road with an Audi Q7 body. Also, keep in mind the Bentley, Porsche, and Audi are all under the same Volkswagen Group umbrella. If you’re still in doubt, our paparazzi have already checked the British plates with the DVLA, which revealed that the prototype is indeed registered as a Bentley.

Likely to break cover in late 2018 or early 2019, the next-generation Flying Spur will bring major improvements to the nameplate. Arguably the most imporant is the MSB-F platform, which already made its debut in the new Porsche Panamera. The redesign will also spawn a new styling language, a more luxurious interior, and give the sedan more powertrain options. Official data is virtually non-existent, but I gathered all existing rumors in a speculative review that should keep you covered until a Bentley-bodied prototype shows up in 2017. Make sure you stay tuned for details.

Updated 02/13/2018: Our spy photographers caught the new generation Flying Spur out for a new testing session in Sweden. The new car is expected to debut in late 2018 or early 2019.

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2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition

2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition

A special edition Bentley that doesn’t quite meet our standards for Bentley SEs

Fresh off of announcing the Mulliner’s new Design Series for the Flying Spur, Bentley is back at it again with another special edition version of the luxury sedan. It’s called the Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition and it’s essentially a dressed-up version of the sedan that features plenty of dark tints lights and black gloss brightware, among other things.

It’s become a little bit of a tradition for Bentley to offer these special edition models in quick succession, so it’s not a surprise that we’re seeing another so soon after the British automaker released a previous special edition Flying Spur with Mulliner heavily involved in it. No one’s going to confuse these new Black Edition Flying Spurs for Mulliner’s Design Series, and I suppose that’s a good thing. With so many SEs coming out of Crewe these days, being different is a good thing, even if it means getting fewer digs than others. That’s essentially what the Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition is. There’s not much to go by compared to what Bentley has come up with in past months, but there are still enough new features to at least justify it getting the SE label. It’s still a Flying Spur, too, so even if it’s lacking in distinctive upgrades relative to our expectations, there’s still more than enough opulence to go around for everybody.

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2018 Bentley Flying Spur Design Series by Mulliner

2018 Bentley Flying Spur Design Series by Mulliner

British automaker is giving its luxury sedan the proper send-off ahead of the next-gen model’s arrival

Ah, Bentley. The purveyor of all things automotive luxury is at it again. As if coming out with a treasure trove of special-edition and one-off spectacles isn’t enough, the British luxury brand is sprucing up the Flying Spur with a new Design Series line meant to give the luxury sedan the proper limited-edition send-off ahead of the next-generation model’s arrival. Needless to say, anything Bentley does with the words “special edition” on it comes with the involvement of Mulliner, the automaker’s very own personalization department that also happens to be responsible for some of the most incredible Bentleys we’ve seen in a while.

The new Flying Spur Design Series certainly fits in with its exclusive-packed peers, thanks in large part to an extensive list of cosmetic add-ons that injects some life back to the current-generation Flying Spur before the car makes its proper send-off. And since Mulliner is in charge of putting the Flying Spur Design Series together, it goes without saying that customers should prepare for something out of the ordinary. Exclusive colors? Yes. New wheels? Right on that too. How about a carbon-fiber and titanium cabin? On that last bit, let’s just say that we’ll leave it to Bentley and Mulliner to make that happen.

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur Limited Edition By Mulliner

2017 Bentley Flying Spur Limited Edition By Mulliner

Care for some English Elm on your luxury sedan?

Bentley’s Mulliner personalization division is capable of some luscious creations. Just last week, it presented the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner Mulsanne Speed. That one featured a black-on-black color scheme that was created through a process called Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). It’s a complicated process that flies over my head; all I know is that Mulliner is capable of such a thing. I mention all of this because Mulliner’s back with a new creation, only this time, it’s for the Bentley Flying Spur.

At this point, refinements like a Peacock Blue paint finish and British Elm in the interior are what you can expect from Mulliner. They’re quintessentially British by nature, and so is the Flying Spur, which makes this particular personalization program a treat to the senses for those who prefer going over-the-top with their luxury amenities.

I don’t think it necessary to remind everyone of the kind of class and status surrounding the Bentley Flying Spur. It’s a sedan that’s made to ooze those qualities on its own. Then again, it doesn’t hurt that a personalization program like Mulliner is a skip and a knock away from rolling up its sleeves and working on the well-crafted additions that a particular customer may want from there Flying Spurs.

The results certainly speak for themselves, and in this particular instance, the final product is a testament to the quality of the Bentley Flying Spur and the all-around ingenuity of Bentley’s go-to personalization program.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Flying Spur by Mulliner.

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2016 Bentley Mulliner GQ Korea Flying Spur

2016 Bentley Mulliner GQ Korea Flying Spur

The Bentley Flying Spur was updated for the 2014 model year to bring it up to speed with Continental GT and the Continental GTC. While changes were somewhat subtle, Bentley claims the updated Flying Spur received at least 600 new parts compared to the previous model. Updates included a new, more upright grille, new jewel-like LED headlamps, a front intake that runs the entire width of the front fascia, new side vents, and a completely refreshed interior. On top of that, the new flying spur was also 110 pounds lighter than the previous model. Now Mulliner has taken the updated Flying Spur and created a special edition model specifically for the Korean Market. Called the GQ Korea Flying Spur, the car offers a number of bespoke features, has a duo-tone finish, and was designed by Korean designer Sang Yup Lee.

As a model that can be described as one of the most luxurious and elegant vehicles in the world, it’s hard to comprehend the fact that the car could be made better in any way. But Mulliner managed to pull off the task with a primary focus on the rear passenger area. Designed by a Korean Designer for Korean customers, this special edition is said to “highlight the very best of both cultures from the British classic Savile Row suits to the finest Korean ceramics.”

With that said, let’s dive on in and take a look at the GQ Korea Flying Spur and see what all the hype is about.

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

As powerful as the Continental GT Speed!

Bentley introduced the Flying Spur in 2005. Developed as a four-door version of the Continental GT by the same team that created the coupe and convertible, the Flying Spur shares it underpinnings with the Volkswagen Phaeton, while its powertrain components are related to those of the Audi A8. At first fitted with just the 6.0-liter W12 engine, the Flying Spur received a 4.0-liter V-8 with the 2013 upgrade, when Bentley altered the styling and dropped the "Continental" from the official nameplate. Despite being more than ten years old at heart, the Flying Spur remains one of the most luxurious full-size sedans on the market and the British firm keeps rolling updates to keep it fresh for the competition.

Having launched a more powerful version of the Flying Spur V8, dubbed V8 S,Bentley is introducing a similar update for the W12 model for the 2017 model year. Called the Flying Spur W12 S, the new range-topping four-door borrows some of its styling features from the V8 S, while its drivetrain comes from the Continental GT Speed. On top of that, it gets styling features of its own, while the cabin is wrapped in an exclusive upholstery and packed with items that usually are available as options only.

Naturally, it’s also the most expensive Flying Spur to date, but not likely to be much pricier than the Mercedes-AMG S65, its main competitor on the high-performance, luxury market. Find out more about that in our comprehensive review below.

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2016 Bentley Flying Spur by Mansory

2016 Bentley Flying Spur by Mansory

British luxury sedan gets some white and gold love from the German tuner

For some reason, the Bentley Flying Spur hasn’t received the kind of attention that a car of its stature deserves. Think about it, mention Bentley and the first model that comes to mind is the Continental. Then there’s the Bentayga SUV, which itself is interesting because it’s an entirely new model. It’s the same thing with the Mulsanne because it’s the flagship model. That leaves the Flying Spur in the shadows and it’s evident with the sheer number – or lack thereof – of tuning programs currently available for Bentley’s mid-size model. Fortunately, things seem to be turning around after the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Not only did the Flying Spur get some much needed love with the debut of the V8 S model, but the V12 version was also the subject of a tuning program from Mansory.

There’s a lot to look at here, specifically the way Mansory used a similar white and gold treatment on the Flying Spur, similar to one of its recent programs, the Rolls-Royce Wraith Palm Edition 999. Granted, this kit is unlikely to be offered as a nine-piece exclusive, so don’t expect any actual gold components. But what it does have is the usual Mansory tuning blueprint. It has an eye-catching body, lavish interior, and most of all, an impressive engine upgrade that adds a significant amount of horsepower into the sedan’s 6.0-liter W-12 engine.

As far as tuning kits for the Flying Spur are concerned, this is as good as it gets. Then again, that might count for much considering how few programs exist, but still, anytime Mansory gets involved, it’s more than likely going to catch a lot of people’s attention.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S

Bentley adds a new, mid-range model to its Flying Spur lineup.

The Geneva Motor Show kicks off in a couple of weeks, but Bentley couldn’t wait to debut the next model it is adding to its lineup – the Flying Spur V8 S. As you probably guessed, this new model will slot between the Flying Spur V8 and the Flying Spur W12. Unlike some automakers, Bentley has gone the extra mile with this addition to its lineup. It’s not just another Flying Spur V-8 with a few technological upgrades of some visual upgrades. Sure, Bentley has altered the exterior appearance a bit, but Bentley actually put some work into improving power output and driving performance over the base Flying Spur V8.

The differences between the standard Flying Spur V8 and the V8 S aren’t huge, but they are enough to set the V8 S apart from the standard model without stepping in the W12’s territory. After all, as Wolfgang Dürheimer – Chairman and CEO of Bentley – put it, “The Flying Spur remains unrivaled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability. It’s the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive.”

The Flying Spur does exactly that, but this new mid-range model will give the customer a worthy choice if he is looking for something more than the base model but not looking to spend the cheddar required to acquire a W12 model. At this point, I’m sure you’re ready to hear about what sets the V8 S apart from its lesser counterpart, so let’s take a look at some images and see what Bentley is bringing to Geneva in March.

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2016 Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner

2016 Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner

It’s kind of odd that we don’t really hear too much about theFlying Spur. It seems like most of those in the eye of the public tend to hit the road in cars like the Bentley Continental GT or the Bentley Mulsanne. Be that as it may, the Flying Spur actually accounts for more than one-third of Bentley’s sales. Offered with either a 500-horsepower V-8 or a 616-horsepower W-12, the Flying Spur sets the standard for performance and luxury in one package.

One of the best things about buying the Flying Spur, just like any other vehicle from Bentley, is that purchasing one means you can select from a long list of luxurious options from the brand’s in-house coachbuilder. With Mulliner on the scene, it’s practically impossible not to create a Flying Spur that isn’t different from the rest. There are so many different options that there are literally more than a million possible combinations. That list is getting a little bigger now, as Bentley and Mulliner have just announced even more bespoke options for the Flying Spur.

You’ll have to keep reading to hear about all of the options, but my favorite on the list has to be the option of painted veneers. It is a first for the Flying Spur, and opens the door for an even more bespoke interior, allowing customers to choose from the entire range of exterior colors to compliment the interior. To get the unique look you see in the photos, each veneer is hand sanded, lacquered, and painted, before being polished with lamb’s wool to create that shiny, mirrored appearance. It’s a nice touch isn’t it?

Well, now that we’ve talked about those painted veneers, let’s dive into the other new features available for the Flying Spur by Mulliner.

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Bentley Flying Spur V8 Beluga Specification

Bentley Flying Spur V8 Beluga Specification

The Flying Spur is the Bentley that you might sometimes forget exists. It’s not as popular with celebrities and those who love to be seen in the 2016 Bentley Continental GT, and neither is it as awe inspiring as the bigger luxo barge that is the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Majestic. Yet the Flying Spur makes up nearly 40 percent of Bentley’s sales, which makes you wonder what would be possible if anyone paid any actual attention to it. So to spice the car up a bit, Bentley has introduced what it calls the “Beluga Specification,” which essentially boils down to a sport-themed appearance package for the sedan.

It’s a subtle upgrade, and it doesn’t come with any extra power. But it also isn’t especially expensive, at least as far as Bentley option packages go, and it’s a nice touch for the sedan. And more important than what you get with the Beluga Specification is the simple fact that the Flying Spur is an excellent luxury car that sometimes gets overlooked in favor of its sexier stablemates.

Continue reading for my full review of the Flying Spur Beluga Specification.

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Bentley Says New Lincoln Copies The Flying Spur

Bentley Says New Lincoln Copies The Flying Spur

There is no doubt that the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept looks like nothing else that currently exists in the Lincoln portfolio, and Luc Donckerwolke, the chief designer for Bentley, has his own personal take on where this design originated. According to Car Design News, Donckerwolke posted on Facebook that he feels the new Lincoln concept is a copy of the current Bentley Flying Spur, which is a four-door version of the Bentley Continental.

He used his private Facebook account to reportedly write: “I would have called it Flying Spur concept and kept the four round lights." Comparing the two luxury sedans, the Continental Concept does have a lot of Flying Spur in its design, like the jutting grille, raised rear haunches, C-pillar shape and the sloping trunk line. Donckerwolke took things a step further by posting "Do you want us to send the product tooling?" directly to the Facebook page of Lincoln’s chief designer, David Woodhouse. That message was quickly deleted.

Donckerwolke didn’t back down from his Facebook post by telling Car Design News: "This behavior is not respectable. Building a copy like this is giving a bad name to the car design world."

And Bentley’s exterior design chief, Sangyup Lee, added fuel to the fire by saying: "It is very disappointing especially for an exclusive brand like Lincoln." These are some strong words in an automotive community that tends to be very diplomatic with such public comments.

In our initial post of the concept, we also wrote that there is a resemblance to the Kia K900, and looking at a rear view of the Continental reveals taillights that are almost identical to those found on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe. For Lincoln’s part, it says that this concept shows a “strong indication” of a production sedan that will debut next year, so it isn’t clear how much of this design will carry over.

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Is Bentley Getting Cheap With the V-8 Flying Spur and the Rumored Baby Bentley?

Bentley has always ranked among the upper echelon of luxury automakers with cars the epitomize wealth, success, and even perhaps over indulgence in excess. The same still holds true today, though Bentley may be looking into expanding its customer base with its latest introduction of the 2015 Flying Spur fitted with a V-8 where the massive W-12 normally lives and a rumored baby Bentley.

The V-8 Flying Spur is practically unchanged from its W-12 big brother, save for a handful of cosmetic bits that differentiates the two. Both versions will be on sale together, but prices for the V-8 will likely be considerably less. Why then is Bentley offering a less exclusive Flying Spur and pandering to a lesser wealthy crowd? Two reasons stick out: making the CAFÉ cut with improved fuel economy and attracting new customers. Granted, the V-8 Flying Spur will be no bargain at roughly $180 - $195,000, but the $20,000 savings over the W-12 does open up the Flying Spur to a few more folks. But will this be good for Bentley’s prestigious image?

Add to that the news that Bentley may be looking at releasing a £100,000 ($166,320) smaller car, and things are starting to get a little odd. Enthusiasts lost their minds when Porsche started releasing other models that fit different niches, though they still remained exclusive on the upper end. Never — save for the Boxster and Cayman — did Porsche cheapen its image, but this baby Bentley is a clear attempt to lower the price of admission to the Bentley brand to attract top-level Mercedes and BMW buyers.

Sure, driving a new S-Class is great, but driving a Bentley is a whole new ballgame that few ever experience.

Click past the jump to see what we think of the cheapening of Bentley.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Showto begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept, and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

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2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8

The four-door Continental gets its first update in eight years, V-8 engine

The Bentley Flying Spur was launched in 2005 as a four-door version of the Continental coupe. Built on the same Volkswagen D1 platform as the Continental and the Volkswagen Phaeton, the Flying Spur was initially offered with a 6.0-liter W-12 engine. The 2013 update brought a new rear fascia that no longer resembles the Continental’s and the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine among other mild upgrades inside and out.

It is no surprise that like most other uber-luxury car companies, Bentley is not too keen on changes. It’s buyers like a certain thing and it makes sure to deliver the goods year in and year out, no surprises. Well, Bentley made the oh-so-rare changeup at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, where it debuted the Flying Spur V8 as a complement to the existing Flying Spur W12.

The V-8 power found under the hood is no stranger to us, as we’ve seen this 4.0-liter in various Bentley models, including the Continental GT. The purpose here is obviously to improve upon the company’s current corporate fuel economy, as the V-8 powerplant adds two mpg city, four mpg highway and two mpg combined to the W-12 engine’s numbers.

Additionally, the new Flying Spur V8 puts the model more in reach to top-line Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Maserati buyers. Sure, it costs way more than models from those manufacturers, but it gives fringe buyers something to think about.

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Video: 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Vs 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Video: 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Vs 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost

To be perfectly honest with you, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost are not necessarily our favorite cars. We’re more interested in nimble sports car, as opposed to massive luxury cars that go fast in a straight line. But if we had to choose between one to have handed to us, we would definitely opt for the Bentley limousine, just because it looks a bit sportier that the Rolls.

This is just our opinions, and we’re sire that plenty of you would take the Ghost. Let’s have a look to see that the folks at Motor Trend think on the two models, and which one would they prefer, as they put the two models against one another in the latest episode of "Head 2 Head."

Be prepared for a slightly unconventional test, as the Motor Trend folks wanted to see if the two models could do a little painting, on top of the typical testing. Check out the video to see which model did best!

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Top-Ten Best Luxury Sedans

Top-Ten Best Luxury Sedans

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.

The luxury sedans on this list start at about $65,000 and go way up from there. These limos need to be huge in the back seat, ruling out the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 from contention.

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.

Click Pass the jump for the full list of the Top-Ten Luxury Sedans.

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2014 Bentley Flying Spur

2014 Bentley Flying Spur

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.

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Video: Bentley Flying Spur Reveals its Eyes

Video: Bentley Flying Spur Reveals its Eyes

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.

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Spy Shots: Bentley Continental Flying Spur Gets Questionable Cammo

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.

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2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8

2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8

In keeping up to speed with the Bentley Continental GT and GTC models, the future Continental Flying Spur will also be offered in both W12 and V8 versions. Just the other day, we were able to capture the first spy shots of the W12 version, and now it’s time to take a look at the V8-powered model.

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.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur starts testing

After offering updates for the Continental GT and the Continental GTC, Bentley has switched focus over to the Continental Flying Spur to provide it with some similar upgrades.

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.

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2011 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Linley Limited Edition

2011 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Linley Limited Edition

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!

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2010 Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring

2010 Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Series 51

2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Series 51

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Bentley suing Axl Rose for trashing Continental Flying Spur

Bentley suing Axl Rose for trashing Continental Flying Spur

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.

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2011 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Arabia

2011 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Arabia

Now that the Middle East represents 10% of Bentley sales worldwide, the company has decided to throw them a little treat for their loyalty to the brand. Bentley has unveiled two special edition Continental models, designed exclusively for the Middle East market. Both the Continental Flying Spur Arabia and the Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia are distinguished by some subtle exterior and interior ‘Arabia’ motifs, including an exterior front fender badge, tread plate, and ashtray lid badge – all bearing the Arabia signature.

Both models are powered by a 6.0 liter W12 engine, but while the Flying Spur Arabia can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 193 mph, the Flying Spur Speed Arabia delivers a total of 600 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, while top speed goes up to 200 mph.

The Continental Flying Spur Arabia gets an elegant set of 14-spoke diamond alloy wheels, while the Flying Spur Speed Arabia gets sporty, bright silver, 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels and optional carbon ceramic brakes.

Press release after the jump.

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Pearl White Bentley Flying Spur by Project Kahn

Pearl White Bentley Flying Spur by Project Kahn

These days Bentley automobiles have become much more a part of mainstream society, losing a touch of the elegance and prestige that was always associated with the brand. However the design firm Project Kahn hopes to change this with their Pearl White Flying Spur. Aside from the quilted leather interior the most striking aspect of the vehicle are the 22 inch White Mist diamond cut alloys.

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Bentley Continental GT Speed and Flying Spur Speed by Renntech

Bentley Continental GT Speed and Flying Spur Speed by Renntech

Nature keeps itself in balance. There’s a reason elephants aren’t fast and chetahs aren’t big. But man can sometimes do something completely unnatural and make something great. For example the Bentley Continental GT Speed and Flying Spur Speed are large luxury vehicles that can top 200 mph.

Then again Renntech’s president Hartmut Feyhl is a man, too. His company decided that Bentley did not go far enough with the Continental pair. He’s changed the ECU software to increase horsepower from 602 to an even 640. The cost? Well you’re a Bentley owner, so the cost doesn’t matter (but if you slip Mr. Feyhl $5,800 his people will probably get to work on your car.)

Just make sure you can handle all the power in this 2300 lbs car. You don’t want to skid off the road and anger Mother Nature.

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Bentley Continental Flying Spur by ASI

Bentley Continental Flying Spur by ASI

It seems that the Japanese tuners are beginning to expand their market outside their borders. This is refreshing considering that Japanese style can sometimes offer a unique alternative. Asi, an exclusive Japanese tuner specialized in high-end cars, unveiled today their new body kit for the Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

The development of the kit took nearly a year of meticulous design. The result gives a sleek appearance to the luxury sedan. The kit consists in a front bumper featuring LED winkers, stainless steel mesh, under-grill and carbon fiber lip, new carbon fiber side sills, a stylish trunk spoiler and a rear bumper fitted with stainless steel mesh, wheel house louvres, exhaust cutters and a carbon fiber lip.

No words about the price, but we have lots of images after the jump.

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Bentley Flying Spur by Strut

Bentley Flying Spur by Strut

For the folks who don’t know, Strut is a manufacturer specialised in handcrafted chromed grilles, wheels and accesories for the luxury cars. The grilles you see in the photos belongs to the ”Oxford Collection” which is special built for the Bentley Flying Spur. Strut offers grilles also for the Bentley Continental GT, but these belong to the ”Greenwich Collection". The customized Flying Spur features a primary grille, front air dam intake and a Strut insignia. No words about the price yet!

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2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed

2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed

Bentley today unveiled the 2009 Continental Flying Spur and the new version Spur Speed. The new model is set to deliver even greater levels of refinement, comfort and opportunities for customer personalization.

The Continental Flying Spur is powered by the new Bentley’s 6-litre, twin turbocharged W12 engine, the most compact 12-cylinder engine in production. The 48-valve head employs four camshafts and continually variable valve timing. Power is transmitted via an uprated ZF six-speed automatic transmission.

The W12 engine continues to produce 552bhp at 6100 rev/min and a maximum torque of 479lb ft from 1600 rev/min across virtually the entire rev range.

The Speed engine develops 15 percent more torque and nine percent more power than the standard Flying Spur, while engine efficiency is optimised by the use of lower friction, lighter-weight components and a new engine management system. The resultant performance is exceptional, with a top speed of 200mph (322km/h), a zero to 60mph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8s) and effortless overtaking capability.

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Renntech unveils Bentley customization programme

Renntech unveils Bentley customization programme

Renntech, the tuning company specialised in Mercedes vehicles showed that it can customize also other cars, not only the ones produced by the German manufactuer. With the unveiling of the new 600+ hp ECU tuning package Renntech added on its list of customized vehicles the British manufacturer Bentley.

With the new ECU package the engine of the car is boosted from 552 to 625 hp. The tunner also added a lowering module for the Bentley which allows the owners to lower it up to 50 mm. The American manufacturer offers the ECU software upgrade at a price of $6400 for the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur and $6800 for the GT Speed coupe while the lowering module is available at a price of $1395. More details after the jump!

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ASI unveils Bentley GT range

ASI unveils Bentley GT range

Maybe not all of you folks know about the Japanese tuner ASI. Well, ASI is a tuning company specialized in customizing Bentley cars established in Japan. Bentley range received recently a customization program from the Japanese tuning company, a program that not only modifies the interior of the car, but also the exterior and the engine.

The vehicles received custom 22” alloy wheels, an aggressive bodykit but also an engine upgrade from 560hp to 640hp as well as brake and suspension kits in order to deliver better handling.

ASI is preparing another customized Bentley, called „Tetsu”. The „Tetsu”, with the help of ECU chipping, exhaust modifications and transmission upgrades, will deliver 800hp an will be limited to only 29 units, each at a price of US$600,000. If anyone wants to order their customized Bentley, you have to know that in the USA the cars will be sold through Platinum Motorsport dealer, based in California. Stay tuned, ASI said that it will announce more details at the end of this month.

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Robbing in style

Robbing in style

London armed robbers arrived outside Graff Jewelers on Sloan Street in a chauffeur driven Bentley Flying Spur, all part of an elaborate ruse, which included dapper clothing, to give them the appearance of wealth and fit in with the store’s clientele.
It worked.
After spending a bit of time inspecting the merchandise, the robbers displayed handguns and hauled off £10,000,000 worth of jewelry – about $20,000,000.
According to police in London, the robbers “knew that to gain access to the store (...)

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Ebay find of the day: 2007 Bentley GT Flying Spur Replica

Ebay find of the day: 2007 Bentley GT Flying Spur Replica

2007 Bentley GT Flying Spur Replica Built on a 1995 BMW 740i. Very rare kit. BMW has around 118,000 miles on it.

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Top 10 $100K Cars

Top 10 $100K Cars

If you have money to spend and want to buy a real nice car, Cars.com made a list with top ten cars over $100,000 cars. But even if the list is very long allready, the trend doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon, either. New $100,000-plus entries from Porsche and Aston Martin are on the way, and even BMW and Mercedes-Benz are looking to produce new, rarified models.
But from all the offers which one is the best? Cars that made the list had to sticker between $100,000 and $200,000 and go (...)

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Bentley lineup to receive a facelift

Bentley lineup to receive a facelift

Bentley will operate a mild facelift for the Continental GT as well for the Continental Flying Spur. These are the first pictures with both modified models on a winter test before the official release.
Like every cheap car the luxurious British cars have to endure an aesthetic operation some time. Thanks to limited capacity tank of the camouflaged cars, some people can make some shots and then we know what the maker is preparing. This is the same case. To be sure of the differences (...)

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Bentley Continental Flying Spur by BF Performance

Bentley Continental Flying Spur by BF Performance

At Geneva Motor Show, BF-Performance presented a Bentley Continental Flying Spur with several features. The car is fitted with electrically controlled curtains for the rear side windows and the rear window, electrically controlled picnic tables and a large fridge with ice maker fitted in the rear.
The curtains are finished in dual colours. The outside curtain is normally black and the interior matches the Bentley colours. The curtains can be controlled by the driver from the front seat (...)

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2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur was the four-door derivative of the standard Bentley Continental automobile, made by Bentley Motors of England. It was launched in 1957 and deleted on the launch of the more modern Bentley T-series in 1966. It was hailed as one of the fastest four-door saloons of its day, and each of the three series paralleled developments in the basic Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud series.

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5998

This is the displacement, in cc, for the 2007 Bentley Continental Flying Spur’s engine.

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