Bentley has revealed its new Flying Spur, billing it as the “world’s most advanced luxury grand touring sports sedan”.
The Crewe-based firm says the latest all-wheel-drive Flying Spur employs a “totally new and advanced aluminium and composite chassis” as well as 48 V electronic architecture. It also gains items such as electronic all-wheel steering and three-chamber air springs.
The third-generation model measures 5 316 mm long, 1 978 mm wide and 1 484 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3 194 mm and an unladen weight of 2 437 kg. Bentley says an extra 130 mm between the axles affords the new Flying Spur “a spacious and luxurious cabin that offers peerless comfort and refinement”.
Power comes from an “enhanced” version of Bentley’s twin-turbo 6,0-litre W12, mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission (the same unit used by the latest Continental GT). In its latest state of tune, the 12-cylinder powerplant offers 467 kW and 900 N.m (as it does in the Bentayga Speed), resulting in a sprint from standstill to three figures in a claimed 3,7 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, is listed as 333 km/h.
Other interesting features include cut-crystal-effect LED matrix headlamps, new 22-inch wheel designs and a newly designed “Flying B” sited on the Flying Spur’s nose. Various driver assistance systems are fitted to the new model as standard, including traffic assist, city assist and blind spot warning.
Inside, the Bentley Rotating Display is now available, with the veneer section in the middle of the facia rotating to reveal a 12,3-inch touchscreen once the start button is pressed.
In the rear, you’ll find a new touchscreen remote, offering control of items such as the blinds, rear-seat massage function and rear climate control. A choice of three audio systems will be offered, with the standard system featuring 10 speakers and 650 watts. A 1 500 W, 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen arrangement will be available an option, as will a Naim for Bentley 2 200 W, 19-speaker system.
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