Bentley has unveiled the third generation of its Flying Spur – the saloon variant of its glamorous Continental GT.
The British firm is celebrating its centenary in 2019, and there’s few better ways to celebrate than revealing an all-new car that also showcases ‘firsts’ for Bentley.
It’s the first model from the Crewe manufacturer to feature all-wheel steering that enhances stability at higher speeds, as well as making the Flying Spur easier to manoeuvre at low speeds.
Following on from the Continental GT, the Flying Spur feature the same crystal-effect matrix LED headlights, alongside a curved hip line. New rear lights and alloy wheels up to 22 inches are also available. The Flying Spur also comes with a new ‘Flying B’ mascot that pops out of the bonnet – a nod to the fact Bentley is reinventing key symbols of the brand in its 100th year.
But tech is a pretty important factor here, with the new model features 48V mild-hybrid technology, alongside the aforementioned all-wheel steering and ‘Bentley Dynamic Ride’ – an adaptive suspension system that aims to deliver “phenomenal” ride and handling.
A host of new safety features are also fitted. The interior also features a stunning 12.3-inch touchscreen that is revealed with the rotating centre console.
The wheelbase of the new Flying Spur has grown by 130mm, which is useful when the model is a popular choice for those who like to be chauffeur driven. Those travelling in the back will also appreciate a full-length panoramic glass roof, too, which can be shut off using an electric colour-matched blind.
The Flying Spur continues to use Bentley’s famed 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine that’s paired to a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. Producing a huge 626bhp and 900Nm of torque, it can launch the Flying Spur from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds and continue to a top speed of 207mph.
As with other Bentleys, buyers can go down the bespoke route with Mulliner to individually tailor a model.
Bentley is keeping tight lipped about the Flying Spur’s pricing, but it has said that the new model is available to order in the Autumn. First deliveries are expected at the start of 2020.