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20 February 2013

New Bentley Continental Flying Spur revealed

Faster, lighter, even more powerful yet efficient Flying Spur coming your way

Devesh Shobha
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The first generation Bentley Continental Flying Spur was quick, powerful, quite refined and fuel efficient in its own way. So when the new Geneva-bound Flying Spur hits the show floor, what is it going to be like? It’s Simple, faster, more powerful, more efficient and more refined. At least, that’s what the company is claiming its new model to be.

Also, there are clever design tweaks like a lower and wider front styling, a lower roof line, deeply sculpted panels and a muscular rear haunch that lend the new model an aggressive stance and a dynamic profile.  

Powered by a 6-litre, twin-turbo W12 petrol motor, the new model boasts 616bhp of raw power – 64 horses more than before, and 800Nm of max torque, up by 150Nm. In the interest of fuel economy and better driveability, the old 6-speed auto ’box and is replaced by the latest ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic gearbox, with the power delivered via an all-wheel drive through a 40:60 rear-biased torque split. The new car has an improved power-to-weight ratio, helping the car hit a claimed 0-100kph in 4.3 seconds and a top whack of 322kph.

The new model is 50kg lighter than the first-gen car and this is mainly due to the use of new lightweight and reinforced body panels. Bentley has also used additional sound-deadening materials that have resulted in a quieter cabin while on the move.

On the inside, Bentley has made use of 600 new parts with only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console and controls being carried over from the previous generation. Available in four- and five-seat configurations, the new car gets improved in-car technology with an eight-inch touchscreen for the front row that controls the satnav, Bluetooth and entertainment system. Rear occupants get a new remote control for climate control, seat heating and ventilation, and multimedia systems. Bentley has also enhanced overall ride comfort with softened suspension springs.  

Speaking on the occasion, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, said; “Bentley’s new Flying Spur is the ultimate luxury performance sedan. Our engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Flying Spur is the perfect combination of power, comfort, refinement and hand-crafted quality. The new Flying Spur is equipped both for business and relaxation whilst remaining a car to enjoy from behind the wheel.”

The new Bentley Continental Flying Spur will be officially showcased at the Geneva Motor Show next month and we expect the car to hit our shores later this year.

Tags: flying spur, fs, continental, bentley

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