Bentley Motors has announced the arrival of the world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan – the all-new Flying Spur.
At the heart of the new Flying Spur is an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12, mated to a dual-clutch 8-speed ZF transmission like the one in the Continental GT.
The new TSI engine delivers 635 hp and 900 Nm, where 0 to 100 km/h is done in just 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 333 km/h.
Built from the ground up, the new Flying Spur sits on a new aluminium chassis with best-in-class body stiffness to optimise handling and rigidity.
With a 130mm longer wheelbase, the presence of the already imposing Flying Spur is heightened with cut-crystal effect LED matric headlamps, new 21-inch wheels that masks the largest iron brakes in the world and a newly designed “Flying B” mascot that sits on the front hood which can be electronically-deployed and illuminated.
With 17 exterior, 15 headlining and upholstery colours to choose from, the Bentley Flying Spur offers boundless customisation to the heart’s content.
New to the cabin are items such as the Touchscreen Remote at the rear, the Bentley Rotating Display like the one in the Continental GT, the ‘sculptural’ centre vents and an automotive world-first – 3D diamond-quilted leather door inserts – inspired by the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 design concept.
As for driving dynamics, the more forward front axle position improves weight distribution while the new active all-wheel drive that replaces the previous permanent all-wheel drive system sends power to the front wheels as and when is needed.
As such the turn-in response is said to be dramtically improved, with quicker changes in direction, while the “understeer effect” from the previous all-wheel drive system is virtually eliminated.
The new Flying Spur is also equipped with All-wheel Steering system for better maneuverability. It also sits on three-chamber air springs with 60% more air volume than the previous model, with Continuous Damping Control, to offer the best of sporty driving and grand touring.
A 48-volt system controls an electronic actuator unit which manages the stiffness of the anti-roll bar, changing the stiffness to compensate the cornering forces and keep the Flying Spur level.