IT shares only its name with its predecessor, but the third generation of Bentley’s luxury four-door Flying Spur grand tourer is now in handcrafted production, with the first customers receiving their cars in early 2020.
The all new model delivers the duality of sports sedan agility and modern limousine refinement, and is a technological tour de force of innovation, connectivity, passenger comfort and driver excitement.
Designed, engineered and built in Great Britain, the new Spur has undergone more than 1.6 million kilometres of development testing.
Bentley Motors board member Peter Bosch described the new Flying Spur as a leap forward in combining state of the art high technology with a modern ultra-luxurious interior and exterior.
“Every single example is an artisanal piece of art, handcrafted using the finest, authentic materials and surfaces that are unmistakably Bentley. The car truly delivers the duality of sports sedan agility and contemporary limousine refinement.”
The most advanced Bentley ever built, every single vehicle goes through a process that sees nearly 200 people handcraft every Flying Spur, through 84 different assembly stages at the company’s factory in Crewe.
Completely reinvented in 2019 to showcase a more purposeful and emotional design, the new look four door luxury sedan features an athletic stance thanks to an extended wheelbase, while a retractable Bentley ‘Flying B’ mascot makes its first appearance.
The cabin is unmistakably Bentley, with contemporary design lines flowing from the new wing-themed fascia through the passenger areas. Optimal comfort and style are delivered by completely new-design fluted leather seats, with diamond quilting throughout.
In the front, the unique Bentley rotating display is the central feature of an exquisitely crafted dashboard, while the centre piece of the rear seat experience is a state-of-the-art detachable touchscreen remote control that can operate all the major functions.
The application of light plays an integral part in the Flying Spur experience too, with a panoramic glass sunroof that stretches the full length of the roof and an innovative multi-configuration mood lighting system both available.
Three superlative audio systems, including a range-topping 2,200W Naim system, will equally satisfy those seeking the ultimate aural thrill. A wide range of advanced connectivity features are also available, as are cutting-edge driver assistance systems.
These include a night vision infra-red camera, traffic assist, and a head-up display, while electronic all-wheel steering is used for the first time in a Bentley, combining with active all-wheel drive and Bentley’s dynamic ride electric anti-roll system.
The new Flying Spur is powered by an enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12, which sets the benchmark in performance, agility and dynamism for the segment.
Mated to an advanced dual-clutch eight-speed transmission, it has a top speed of 333km/h and can run the 0-100km/h spring in 3.8 seconds.