Today, we finally got our first look of the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur, set to make its global debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month. The new Flying Spur features Bentley’s traditional styling cues with contemporary details. Sharp feature lines highlight the muscular rear of the car, while dipped headlights and taillights emphasize the front and rear profiles.
“Bentley’s new Flying Spur is the ultimate luxury performance sedan. Our engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Flying Spur is the perfect combination of power, comfort, refinement, and hand-crafted quality,” said Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber.
With the release of the new Flying Spur comes an all-new character design for Bentley’s performance sedan. It features a lower and wider appearance, with slight curves and sharp lines. With the signature Bentley motif, the front fenders feature a new wing vent, with an additional feature line running from the front wheel to the rear bumper.
The new exterior design, precise material selections, and manufacturing process have enabled the new Flying Spur to shine on the road. This large luxury sedan, thanks to its new sleek design, has great aerodynamic properties, giving it an overall drag coefficient of 0.29. With the new body structure, the Flying Spur is also 110 pounds lighter than the previous edition, despite the refinement changes and a stronger overall structure.
The all-new Flying Spur has been given a technological upgrade in the form of a high resolution 8-inch touch-screen interface, complete with Bentley’s satellite navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity. The luxury sedan’s Balanced Mode Radiator technology offers optimum sound clarity and frequency range, along with the ability to play music from a CD, DVD, SD car, iPod, or an on-board hard drive. Even those in the back seat have access to the infotainment technology. Each rear passenger can stream media and view separate content.
With Bentley’s most powerful engine, the Flying Spur is equipped with the 6.0 liter, twin turbocharged, 48-valve W12, which delivers 616 horsepower. This engine has recently undergone a complete upgrade to improve torque management, turbocharger control, drivability, and emissions performance.
The transmission feeds power to all four wheels, with a standard torque split of 60 percent to the rear and 40 percent to the front. The new Flying Spur’s drivetrain delivers optimal grip, regardless of road or weather conditions, enabling the driver to have the assurance that the can use the car’s torque and power in a dependable manner in almost any circumstance.
The Flying Spur is built to the customer’s specifications, as is the entire Bentley fleet. With a range of seventeen standard paint colors, the new luxury sedan features a new color edition, Dark Cashmere. Another addition to the paint range is Damson, a color inspired by the purple diamond, with the optional matching hide color.
Customers can also chose the Mulliner Driving Specification, which includes five additional hide choices that expands the number to seventeen, and adds another five wood veneers. Traditional diamond quilting is added to the door handles and seats, with leather headlining and embroidered Bentley wings in the headrests.