With a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is going to be fast.
But on top of that, the new four-door from Crewe in the UK also rather elegant, and Bentley says it hasn’t carried anything at all over from the previous generation aside from the name.
With 467kW and 900Nm, the same as the Continental GT, the new Flying Spur will be able to hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds, Bentley says. That’s rather impressive given its 2437kg claimed weight.
If you really need it to, the Flying Spur will crack on to a 333km/h top speed.
Of course, the comfort and style of the Flying Spur is just as important as its brutal speed, or as Bentley puts it, the car is “a technological tour de force of innovation, connectivity, passenger comfort and driver excitement.”
Allowing much of this to happen is the underlying Volkswagen Group MSB platform, which is shared amongst other large luxo cars like the Continental GT and the Porsche Panamera.
The dual-clutch eight-speed gearbox also comes from Germany, and if the while the Flying Spur was “designed, engineered and handcrafted in Great Britain,” there’s still some VW Group/Audi/Porsche happening in the cabin.
All-wheel drive and Bentley’s Dynamic Ride system are coupled with, for the first time in a Bentley, all-wheel steering to create a more stable, nimbler ride. The Dynamic Ride system helps this via the roll bars, where electric motors apply force to counteract body roll to create smoother cornering and minimise the shock transferred into the cabin from bumps.
Triple-chamber air springs add an extra level of comfort, with Bentley claiming the new setup allows for a broader range of adjustment between soft settings and a firmer sporting mode.
Even those who won’t find themselves the owner of a Flying Spur might get the chance to enjoy its styling, which now incorporates a retractable ‘Flying B’ hood ornament.
Inside, however, diamond-quilted leather abounds for only those who have the privilege of embarking upon a Bentley. Diamond knurling features on the dials and knobs laid out across the dash and console, while walnut veneer is now an option to add a little ‘old world’ warmth.
Australian details for the new Flying Spur are yet to be confirmed, but the outgoing model currently sits around $420,000 as a starting price. Stay tuned.
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