2021 Bentley Flying Spur V8
The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur V8 is, as the name suggests, a V-8-powered version of the third-generation full-size sedan. Launched a year after the W-12 model broke cover, the 2021 Flying Spur V8 is essentially a slightly more dynamic and efficient alternative to the range-topping four-door. Does it have any features that make it stand out? How does the 4.0-liter V-8 compare to the much larger 6.0-liter W-12? Let’s find out in the review below.
2021 Bentley Flying Spur Speed
The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur Speed is an upcoming, higher performance version of the third-generation, 2020 Flying Spur sedan. The beefed-up four-door marks the return of the Speed-badged Flying Spur after eight years. Although the first-generation Flying Spur featured a Speed version, Bentley skipped the nameplate for the second-generation, opting for the "S" designation instead.
With the Flying Spur redesigned in 2019, the Speed will probably make a comeback in time for the 2021 model year. The badge will add sportier features on the outside, a few bespoke items on the inside, and a more powerful W-12 engine. Find out what we already know about this sedan in the speculative review below.
2020 Bentley Flying Spur First Edition
The arrival of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is going to make a lot of bank accounts bleed, but just before the luxury sedan hits the market in full swing, Bentley’s rolling out the Flying Spur First Edition, a special edition model based on, well, the 2020 Flying Spur. The first example of the Flying Spur First Edition will not go on sale. Instead, it will be auctioned off at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s inaugural ball, called the “Midsummer Party,” on July 24 at Jean Pogizzi’s Villa Dorane in Cap d’Antibes, a resort town between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera. All proceeds from the auction will go to the EJAF. As for the rest of the Flying Spur First Editions, Bentley will only sell it in the first-year production of the Flying Spur. Best be quick if you want to get your hands on one.
2020 Bentley Flying Spur
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is the third-generation version of the company’s full-size luxury sedan. The third-gen four-door replaces a six-year-old sedan in a segment that’s also contested by the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the Rolls-Royce Ghost.Heavily inspired by the Continental GT coupe, the 2020 Flying Spur boasts a sportier appearance on the outside, a more modern interior, and a revised W-12 engine.
Built on the same chassis as the Continental GT, the third-generation Flying Spur features a big amount of brand-new, state-of-the-art technology. The sedan is fitted with an active all-wheel-drive system, and it’s also the first Bentley to have four-wheel steering. The revised W-12 engine isn’t notably more powerful than the old unit, but it makes the Flying Spur the quickest sedan in its class and the only one to hit 60 mph in less than four seconds. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
2019 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid
The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid is an upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the company’s full-size sedan. The four-door follows in the footsteps of the Bentayga Hybrid, Bentley’s first-ever electrified model, which was unveiled in 2018. The Flying Spur Hybrid is part of the third-generation model lineup that should debut by the end of 2019.
Spotted testing with a Porsche Panamera body in 2017, the Flying Spur began making appearances in its camouflaged production shell in 2018. Come 2019, and the sedan is slowly losing camo, but Bentley is also testing new versions. Our paparazzi caught a batch of Flying Spurs testing on public roads in April 2019, including a plug-in hybrid version. Let’s find out what we already know about it in the speculative review below.
2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition
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
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S
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.
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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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.
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2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8
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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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.
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.
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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
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.
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.
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.