2020 Bentley Flying Spur Quirks and Facts
Redefining luxury with speed, technology, leather and beautyby Safet Satara, on
Celebrating the 100th anniversary since its inception, Bentley Motors Limited unveiled the new generation of the luxury executive saloon, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur. Based around the same platform as the latest Porsche Panamera, the new Flying Spur takes the Volkswagen-developed tech to 11 and offers the most advanced, fastest, and the most opulent sedan of our time.
Valuing Bentley’s historical values, the new Flying Spur comes with a wealth of quirks and features, a fantastic W-12 engine, and a proportional shape - something that we crave for from the cars of today. The new Flying Spur is packed with tech and luxury. Now, I give you exciting and obscure quirks and features established with the new gen Flying Spur.
Fast quirks and features about 2020 Bentley Flying Spur
- Exclusive and optional 3D wood veneer at the back complements the 3D effect leather that comes as standard in the rear as part of the Mulliner pack
- LED matrix headlights have a so-called cut-crystal effect
- Diamond knurling garnish the inside vents and the surface of certain dials
- 130mm longer wheelbase compared to previous generation car
- Unique 22-inch Mulliner wheels
- RWD as standard, but the AWD system sends the power to the front wheels if needed
- Four-wheel steering
- Unique Naim for Bentley 2,200W audio system with 19-speakers and Active Bass Transducers
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur has a Newly Designed Flying B Ornament On its Hood
Bentley reimagined the Flying B ornament that now garnishes the front of the new Flying Spur.
Not only does it illuminate at night, and can retract automatically (or on the touch of the button), but the new Flying B actually complements all the pedestrian safety standards.
It is an engineering accomplishment that finally matches the exclusivity and exceptionality of the Spirit of Extasy.
The automatic ornament deployment works in conjunction with the keyless entry system. When the car senses the key in its vicinity - for example when the driver approaches the car - the Flying B will seamlessly arise just above the grille
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Has a Really Tiny Reverse Light
It seems that the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur has the smallest reverse light ever.
Positioned in the middle of the rear end, just under the back plate, the reverse light seems to have only two LED's that emit light when the driver selects reverse on the gear selector.
The latest Bentley Flying Spur also had a reverse light positioned just at the center, but it was considerably wider.
While at the rear end, just note how Bentley made the "B" out of the taillights. Not exactly a novelty, as Lexus tried to integrate a stylized "L" within the design of its car. Nevertheless, it is a neat curiosity. Bentley did something similar on the rear end of the Bentayga. Designers had more taillight real estate here tough. It works better on the Flying Spur.
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Has the Biggest Brakes Ever Fitted To a Passenger Car
Bentley cars are insanely heavy. Its lightest cars usually come just under 5,000 pounds, while the monsters that sit at the top of the food chain add 1,000 pounds to that.
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur tips the scales at 5,368 pounds, has a W-12 with 626 horsepower, and at least 16 cowhides in the cabin.
Such a monstrosity needs some severe braking power. Bentley opted for the biggest brakes ever fitted to a passenger car - 16.5-inch discs with gloss black calipers. I have to be honest here - the brakes are basically the same as on the Continental GT. One more thing - these discs are smaller compared to the carbon ceramic discs installed on the Lamborghini Urus. They measure more than 17 inches in diameter. That is not a passenger car tough - its a passenger SUV.
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Is As Heavy As The Bentayga SUV
The lightest Bentley Bentayga V8 with four seats tip the scales at 5,264 pounds. The one with the V-12 is about 120 pounds heavier.
This basically puts the luxury barge - Flying Spur - at the same weight level of the Bentley large SUV. Heck, it is even heavier compared to it.
This is completely in line with the Bentley sophistication and opulence that has been present since the very beginning of the company. Back then, Bentley’s racing team even created heavier race cars because it was thought that with more weight, one could achieve a better grip. Heck, one of Bentley’s most successful racing cars - the 1926 6-1/2 Liter LeMans Sport - was a massive and heavy beast that, thanks to the power of its engine, simply dominated race tracks. Bentley did not change the premise - it still builds big, heavy, and fast cruisers - just like the new Flying Spur.
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Can Achieve 207 mph In Sixth Gear With the Seventh and Eight Tailored for Fuel Efficiency
I know that for some car enthusiasts this isn't anything new, but the thing is that the new large Bentley barge can achieve an insane top speed of 207 mph.
And that in the sixth gear of its 8-speed ZF transmission. This transmission sits under the metal of the Continental GT as well. Bentley did not reveal any MPG values for the Flying Spur, but they cannot be too much different compared to the MPG values of the Continental GT. In that case, the W-12 in the Flying Spur will return up to 20 mpg combined and emit around 300 grams of CO2/km. Seventh and eight gear is crucial for achieving such results.
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What Does the five-inch Touch Screen Remote Do In The Back Of The 2020 Flying Spur?
This beautifully crafted remote control sits securely on the pedestal at the back of the central armrest.
Passengers seated in the rear seats can easily access it and control blinds, rear seat massage function, climate control and mood lighting with it.
It is not officially confirmed, but the passengers at the back can actually control the Flying B with this remote. They can retract or deploy it as they please. Quaint little thing!
2020 Bentley Flying Spur Ready For A Hybrid Propulsion System
Right now, the Flying Spur comes only with the W-12. However, expect a powerful 4.0-liter, V-8 soon, and even a hybrid propulsion system based around the V-6.
I firmly believe that the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid will get the same hybrid system as the Bentayga Hybrid.
It is a sophisticated unit with a 3.0-liter, V-6, gasoline engine that develops 340 horsepower, and a 126 horsepower E-Drive electric motor. Bentley (actually VW, but what the heck) estimated this hybrid system generates 443 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, with a sizeable lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 17. kWh, Bentayga Hybrid can travel on electricity for more than 31 miles. I have to believe that the Flying Spur Hybrid can do the same.
The main problem, however, is the weight. We already established that the Flying Spur can be heavier than the Bentayga. Following the same logic, I can infer that the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid will tip the scales at insane 5,790 pounds.
Bentley Bentayga Hybrid drivetrain specifications
|Engine||3.0-liter V-6 gasoline mill and an E Motor|
|0 to 60 mph||5.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||158 mph|
|Range (electric only)||31 miles|
Does The New 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Make Mulsanne Obsolete?
I really want to believe that it does not. The Mulsanne is for Bentley what the 918 Spyder was for Porsche - a halo car. Bentley is best in what it does with luxury, and Mulsanne is a car that showcases that. Plus, it is the only reasonable competition to the Rolls Royce Phantom.
However, the new Flying Spur is so good (and freaking beautiful), that I don't see that many reasons for someone choosing the Mulsanne over it.
Then again, I do not have eight cars in my garage (like an average Bentley owner), and I certainly am not, an African dictator, so I don’t have a clue if someone would find the Flying Spur lackluster.
I am, however, a guy you will crunch for you all the important numbers for the Mulsanne and the Flying Spur.
|2020 Bentley Flying Spur||2019 Bentley Mulsanne|
|Engine:||6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI||6.75-litre, V-8|
2020 Bentley Flying Spur Price
There’s no way of going around this, so the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur price will start at around $240,000. I based this assessment on the fact that the outgoing model sold for just under $230k. I believe that the new one with such a beautiful look and fantastic tech inside will go for more.
Read our full review on the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur
Read our full review on the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid
Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S.
Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S.