Bentley has taken the wraps off the third-generation Flying Spur luxury limousine, which is billed as a technical tour de force for innovation, connectivity, passenger comfort and driver excitement.
“As with the launch of the Continental GT, the new Flying Spur is a ground up development that pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement,” said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors.
While the new model marks a series of technological first for the nameplate, its design remains comfortingly familiar and is built on the same platform and underpinnings as the new Continental GT.
The new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s modern sculptural design language through elegant yet muscular proportions, the marque’s latest generation cut-crystal effect LED matrix headlights enhanced with chrome sleeves and new wrap-around rear lamps with ‘B’ motifs.
A retractable ‘Flying B’ mascot appears for the first time on a modern-day Flying Spur, rising from beneath a beautifully modern Bentley badge.
Billed as “the world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan”, the latest Flying Spur promises to combine sporting performance with limousine luxury while adopting cutting-edge customer-focused technology. It sits on a new and advanced aluminium and composite chassis featuring 48-volt active anti-roll bars.
There’s also Electronic All-Wheel Steering for the first time on a Bentley combined with Active All-Wheel Drive and Bentley Dynamic Ride for exemplary ride and handling.
The car’s new air suspension with three-chamber air springs is said to allow a much greater range of adjustment between limousine-style ride comfort and sporty body control.
And thanks to these sophisticated systems, Bentley says the new Flying Spur delivers “a driving experience of extraordinary breadth and capability not seen in this segment before.”
A host of new Driver Assistance Systems are fitted to the new Flying Spur as standard, including Traffic Assist, City Assist and Blind Spot Warning, while the ground-breaking Bentley uses state-of-the-art, multi-material body construction.
At the heart of the new Flying Spur is an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12, mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission for faster, smoother gear changes. This new TSI engine delivers 467kW (635 PS/626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.), 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds) and a top speed of 207mph (333 km/h).
A 130mm longer wheelbase means the new Flying Spur features a spacious and luxurious cabin that is said to offer peerless comfort and refinement. As well as an extensive list of Single and Dual Veneer wood options, the sedan offers both Bentley’s new fluted leather seating and the unique Mulliner Driving Specification diamond quilting on the seats and an automotive world-first: three-dimensional diamond quilted leather door inserts.
The modern craftsmanship is combined with a host of cutting-edge technologies including the HD digital instrument panel display, the unique rotating centre console with choice of 12.3 inch digital touchscreen, beautiful analogue dials or digital detoxifying veneer, and the remote control touch screen for rear passengers all combine to make the Flying Spur’s cabin the most modern, innovative and luxurious place to travel in.
Tailored specifically to the modern luxury customer, the interior can be further enhanced with a panoramic glass sunroof stretching the full-length of the roof.
Customer deliveries of the new Flying Spur will begin in early 2020 with an expected Australian on sale date towards Q3 of 2020.