Bentley has pulled the cover off the all-new Flying Spur, which will receive its global debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Not only promises plenty of luxury in its full redesign, Bentley is also saying that the new Flying Spur will be the “fastest, most powerful four-door” model it has ever produced.
Up front, it has a redesigned face that combines design cues of the Conti GT for the headlights and the Mulsanne for the lower grille area. At the back, it has the arrangement first seen on the EXP9 SUV concept. The new car also features a more pronounced shoulder line. Overall, it rather mimics the Mulsanne properly.
The 2014 Flying Spur is powered by the twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine used in the Continental GT Speed, producing 616 HP and 800NM of torque, and sends that power to the ground through a new eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased (40/60) all-wheel-drive system. Launching the 2,300 kg sedan from 0-60 miles per hour will take just 4.3 seconds and 100 mph comes in less than 10 seconds; overall top speed is rated at 200 mph. Bentley is expecting the next-generation Flying Spur to return better fuel economy with projected estimates of 20 L/100km in the city and 11 L/100km on the highway.
The cabin is virtually brand new as only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console / controls are carried over from the previous gen, resulting over 600 new components including softer leather seats, wood trim (in one of seven “sophisticated” veneers) and an updated infotainment system with an eight-inch display.
As usual, rear passengers get top billing as the Multi-Media Specification adds Wi-Fi connectivity, a 64 GB hard drive, wireless headphones and two 10-inch displays. To control all toys, Bentley offers a “Touch Screen Remote” that deploys from the rear center console at the push of a button. It allows rear seat passengers to easily control a variety of different systems including the climate control and infotainment systems as well as their own seat.
Price of the new Flying Spur is estimated to start from RM930,000 in the US, with sales beginning this summer.