Bentley launches new Continental Flying Spur
The fastest four-door Bentley in the history of ever - the new Continental FS - lands on our shores
This is the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur, and Bentley has just launched it in India.
Even though it does somewhat resemble its predecessor, this is an all-new car. It's still just as stately in its appearance, but thanks to some proper weight-saving measures, this car weighs 50kg less than the old one. This, despite the car being stiffer, and being equipped with more NVH-reducing components as well as more equipment.
While the new FS will certainly be good at ferrying you to your high-profile business meetings, what it will also be good at is devouring the expressways, thanks to its ginormous 6-litre, twin-turbo W12 petrol engine that makes 616bhp and 800Nm of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels (more of it to the rear ones) through an 8-speed ZF auto 'box. It'll go from 0-100kph in just 4.6 seconds, and max out at 322kph. All this grunt packed under the hood of a leather-smothered, two-and-a-half-ton luxobarge. Better not talk about fuel efficiency, then.
Inside, it's just as lavishly-equipped as one would expect, even if it does carry over a few bits and bobs from the previous car. You can have your FS configured as a four-seater, or a five-seater, with the seats upholstered in fine natural leather. You can even spend your time deciding what shade of cow hide would you prefer, so you could possibly choose a white cow, or an aubergine one.
It's pretty high-tech, too. An eight-inch touchscreen interface that houses the satnav, also features Bluetooth connectivity. Infotainment functions can also be controlled by 'voice activation', and the passengers in the back have all the luxury in the world - there's a 'Touch Screen Remote' located in the rear console using which, you can control things like seat heating/ventilation, check your location on the satnav, and change the tunes, too. And if you opt for the "Multi-Media Specification" which brings along the Bentley Connectivity Unit, you can hop onto the interweb through your laptop using the car as a four-wheeled Wi-Fi hotspot. You get two ten-inch screens for the rear passengers, and 64GB worth of storage space, so you could possibly watch Jeremy (try to) drive Reliant Robins on your way to work. Isn't that the life?
Well, as wonderful as it sounds, it does come at a cost. A big one, at that. The new Flying Spur will cost you Rs 3.10 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi), and that is before you start ticking off options and take into consideration the fluctuating currency values. But hey, a crore or so more should be a pittance for someone wanting to buy one of these, shouldn't it?