20/07/2014

Bentley Flying Spur V8 Review

Bentley Flying Spur V8

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Although the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur has dropped "Continental" from its name, the sedan has more content and refinement than ever before. As was the case with the original Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the sedan is arriving roughly two years after the Continental GT coupe. The 2014 Flying Spur will make its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, joining the Mulsanne as one of Bentley's four-door offerings.Under the hood, the twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 engine gets a 64-hp and 114-lb-ft bump to 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. That's also 16 hp and 37 lb-ft more than the last Continental Flying Spur Speed. Peak horsepower comes at 6000 rpm, while peak torque is achieved at just 2000 rpm. 

Bentley Flying Spur V8 Front View Image
Bentley Flying Spur V8 Front View

A new Bosch engine management system improves torque management, turbocharger control, drivability, and emissions control, as well as low-speed responsiveness. Bentley claims the additional power and reduced weight contribute to a 14 percent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio, and that the sedan can reach 60 mph in 4.3 seconds as well as a 200-mph top speed. In our testing, the 2012 Continental Flying Spur Speed reached 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

Bentley Flying Spur V8 Back View Image
Bentley Flying Spur V8 Back View

The speed-sensitive power steering system uses a new steering gear for better confidence and low effort. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system has been recalibrated for the chassis updates, while the ESC Dynamic Mode allows for some high-dollar hooning.
Bentley Flying Spur V8 Interior Image
Bentley Flying Spur V8 Interior

A lower roofline combined with sharp lines and rounded surfaces make the new Flying Spur appear lower and wider than the outgoing car despite nearly identical dimensions. New LED headlights flank a more upright front grille. To further differentiate the Flying Spur from the Continental GT and GTC, the outer headlights are now larger than the inner lights. A new full-width lower intake features a horizontal chrome accent. New fender vents feature the Bentley logo and a cutline that runs from the front wheel to the rear bumper. The lower body line loses its brightwork and cuts deeper as it curves up toward the rear of the car. Muscular rear fenders are emphasized by the curved beltline that ties it to that of the larger Mulsanne. Out back, the longer and lower trunklid and the new horizontal and rectangular LED taillights emphasis the pronounced quarter panels.
Bentley Flying Spur V8 Gear Box Image
Bentley Flying Spur V8 Gear Box

Standard bright-painted or diamond-turned finish 19-inch Classic wheels wrapped in 275/45/19 rubber improve comfort and handling. Optional wheels include five-spoke 20-inch alloys with 274/40/20 tires, and six-spoke and 10-spoke 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/35/21 tires.

Specification


BASE PRICE
$200,500
VEHICLE LAYOUT
Front-engine, AWD, 4-5-pass, 4-door sedan
ENGINE
6.0L/616-hp/590-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 48-valve W-12
TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT
5500 lb (MT est)
WHEELBASE
120.7 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT
208.5 x 86.9 x 58.6 in
0-60 MPH
4.3 sec (Mfr. est)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON
12/20 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY
281/169 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS
1.33 lb/mile
ON SALE IN U.S.
Fall 2013
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