Geneva 2013: Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley’s biggest release of the Geneva Motor Show 2013 is the Bentley Flying Spur. Bentley’s official release literature officially drops the word Continental from the naming of this all-new model. Instead, we are to refer it simply as the Bentley Flying Spur. It is a move that evidently tries to carve the Flying Spur into the same niche currently occupied by the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The new Bentley Flying Spur will be powered by a 6.0-litre, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to a ZF eight-speed transmission. Developing 625hp and 800Nm of torque, the new Flying Spur features more power than any other Bentley four-door in history. A 14 per cent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio over the outgoing model delivers a breath-taking 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top-speed of 200 mph (322 km/h).

Power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split. The bonnet and front fenders are constructed from aluminum. The fenders are actually shaped using an aerospace-industry super forming technique. As a result, the Bentley Flying Spur is now 50kg lighter than the predecessor.

Bentley does not compromise on the interior either as it added 600 new parts, with only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console and controls carried over from the previous generation. It’s available in both four- and five-seat configurations where the seats have 14-way adjustment including memory and lumbar functions.

Take a look at the gallery above and if you want further information, feel free to browse our earlier Bentley Flying Spur article.

Published: March 6, 2013 8:30 am

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