Bentley reveals new Flying Spur
In its centenary year, Bentley has thrown the covers off the new Flying Spur, a model it is humbly calling the ‘world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan’.
While that’s quite a mouthful, Bentley says its new luxo barge is a fit for those that like to drive but also for its customers who prefer to sit in the back thanks to ‘segment-defining levels of performance and refinement’. They reckon it’s the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built. Okay, enough with the hyperbole.
The Spur sits on a new composite chassis using a mix of aluminium extrusions and castings allied with high-strength steels. It features all-wheel steering and a new active AWD set-up, with the former enhancing both stability in the bends at speed and manoeuvrability around town.
The AWD system sends power to the rears during normal operation, with torque shifted to the front when more traction is required. This varies according to drive modes. Bentley says it will transfer 480Nm to the front axle in Comfort and Bentley modes, while in Sport this is limited to 280Nm to enhance the drive experience.
Further dynamism should result from the front axle having been pushed forward in the new chassis to help improve the weight balance. Torque vectoring by brake is used on both front and rear axles.
Bentley Dynamic Ride uses more capacious three-chamber air springs to allow it to float like a limo and hunker down like a racer when need be. Ride height sensors keep the Spur on the level at all times while a 48-volt system controls an electronic actuator unit which manages the stiffness of the anti-roll bar.
The Spur gains the big 420mm brake discs from the Conti GT and it has a tuned exhaust with active valving to ensure it sounds suitably powerful in Sports made, and hushed in Comfort.
Motivation is provided by the firm’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbo’d W12 working with an eight-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission. There’s 467kW and 900Nm of torque on offer, which Bentley says is enough to see the Spur hit 100 in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is 333km/h though no fuel use data is given, not that owners will care about how thirsty it is.
There’s more lounging room in the rear of this new model thanks to a 130mm longer wheelbase. The Spur is just over 5.3m in length, and just under 2m wide while the wheelbase measures 3194mm. All up she is said to weigh 2437kg.
The interior blends the usual Bentley luxury with new age tech. So cue wood veneers along with fluted or diamond quilted hides and so-called three-dimensional diamond-quilted leather door inserts.
There’s a new HD digital instrument panel, and an optional three-sided rotating dash centre which can display the 12.3-inch touchscreen, some pointless analogue dials or simple wood veneer. There’s a remote control touch screen for rear passengers and they can sit under a full-length panoramic glass sunroof if optioned so.
Bentley is also offering a range of active driver aids and safety systems as standard rather than making them optional. Music can be played by one of three audio systems ranging from 650 watts to a Naim for Bentley 2200W, 19-speaker surround system that features tactile transducers in the seats for more realistic bass presentation.
For those wanting the personal touch, the Bentley Mulliner Personalisation scheme promises that ‘anything is possible’.
Trifling details on price and local availability will be communicated in due course.