► All-new Bentley Flying Spur
► Four-door limo overhauled
► Orders start in autumn 2019
For the Bentley owner who has friends or a chauffeur: this is the new Bentley Flying Spur. It’s Crewe’s new four-door luxury car, and it’s been fluffed with the latest technology from the Continental GT.
Read on for what we know about the new Flying Spur, which will take on the Maybach S-Class and next-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost.
It’s certainly not a shock in the looks department
Yes, you definitely know it’s a Flying Spur. Still, the design is definitely all new and sits on the same platform as the current Conti GT. Bentley says the new Spur has a 130mm longer wheelbase than the previous one, so those inside can stretch out and look through the panoramic glass roof. Again, like the Conti, the Spur has ‘cut glass’ headlight detailing but has B-shaped rear lights like the Bentayga. Matrix LED headlights are standard.
A new ‘Flying B’ ornament sits atop the bluff grille and is electronically deployable, much like the Spirit of Ecstasy from Rolls-Royce.
What about this new tech of which you speak?
Well, the Flying Spur uses three-chamber air springs with continuous damping control and Bentley’s 48v active anti-roll bars to keep the Spur from tilting mid-corner. Gigantic brakes (420mm on the front) are there to bring the 2435kg Flying Spur to a stop. All-wheel steering is present and correct, too.
Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch central screen that rotates into view when the car is on and hides behind a wood veneer when off. It’s the same system as in the Conti GT, which ostensibly, is the same system you get in the upper echelons of the Porsche model range. Three audio systems are available, with a 2200W Naim system being the top-shelf one.
Any more tech specs?
Underneath the long bonnet is a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 cranking out 626bhp and 664lb ft via an eight-speed ZF automatic to all four wheels. If His/Her Lord/Ladyship is in a hurry, the the Flying Spur is capable of 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 207mph, making it one of the fastest four-door cars on the planet.
I want one!
Well you’ll have to fork out a lot of money, with the ability to add extra zeroes to it if you go for a Mulliner specification. ‘Lofted Diamond’ leather upholstery and embroidery for the seats, 22-inch wheels and a wider colour palette is available.
If you’re after one, you can order one from autumn 2019. First deliveries will come in 2020.
Read our full Bentley Continental GT review here