Following the updates offered on the Continental GT model range, Bentley has now presented its new Flying Spur (which was long overdue) model at ongoing Geneva Motor Show. Although pictures of the car were revealed by Bentley few weeks back it was officially launched at Geneva before a large gathering of international media. Just like with the other models, the Flying Spur has received both exterior and interior changes, while the engine only received some minor upgrades.
A notable detail on the new car is that Bentley has dropped the Continental nomenclature in the new Flying Spur. At a glance it seems as if the changes are minor, but Bentley say that the new car has received a total of 600 new parts, while only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests, some of the front console and controls have been carried over from the older model.
Exterior changes include a new font fascia, the chrome grill is more up-right, the headlights have jewel-like LED lamps which were first seen on the Mulsanne. The front fenders have been revised and an elegant Bentley "B" motif has been added on it. The rear receives a swooping longer and lower boot lid, trunk-mounted spoiler along with slimmer ellipse-shaped LED tail lamps. One of the major motives of the designers was to reduce the weight of the new car and they achieved this by constructing the bonnet and front fenders from aluminum which resulted in shedding 50kg over the older model.
Moving on to the interiors Bentley have strived hard to make the new Flying Spur more luxurious and have equipped it with high-quality materials and new gizmos. The centre console has been redesigned and additional storage space has been provided which are trimmed in veneer. To add more luxury the fascia panels, consoles, waist rails and picnic tables are finished in book-matched and mirror-finished veneer. The new Flying Spur is offered in both four and five-seat configuration and gets revised front and rear seats which are available in twelve different colours.
Also the seats are 14-way adjustable along with memory and lumbar functions. For added exclusivity customers can spec their Flying Spur in the new Mulliner Driving Specification which adds diamond quilted seats, a leather headliner, alloy pedals, a knurled gear lever, a jewel filler cap and a new set of five-spoke alloy wheels.
Though mechanical changes on the new Flying Spur is minor still under its hood Bentley have equipped a updated version of the 6.0-litre, twin-turbo, W-12 mill which delivers 624.5PS of power and a earth shattering torque rating of 800Nm. The gargantum torque and power is layed on the road via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission which has been geared to help reduce fuel consumption over the older model by 13 per cent.
All this tweaking has enabled the Flying Spur to gallop from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds with a limited top whack of 200mph. To improve the ride quality of the car, the Crewe based manufacturer has softened the anti-roll bars by 13 per cent and 15 per cent in front and rear respectively. Bentley hasn’t disclosed prices yet and the new Flying Spur is poised against competitors like the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Porsche Panamera and the Maserati Quattraporte.