- Borrows from the Continental GT
- Wood veneer on the dash
- Wood veneer on the doors
- Leather upholstery
- Leather inserts in the door
- Rotating infotainment display
- Digital instrument cluster
- Unique A/C vents in the center stack
- Wide center console
- Luxury seats
- Rear-seat entertainment
Not surprisingly, the Flying Spurâs interior is also shared with the Continental GT. The sedan has an identical dashboard with horizontal wood veneer that extends almost seamlessly into the door panels, a wide center console, and a standard 12.3-inch infotainment display. Bentleyâs Rotating Display, which debuted in the Continental GT, is offered in the Flying Spur as well. Specifically, the 12.3-inch screen is one of three sides of the rotating display that revolves in the center stack.
When the car is not in use, the screen is replaced by the wood veneer side, so the dash looks like an uninterrupted wood element. The third side of the Rotating Display reveals three analogue dials that show outside temperature, a compass, and a chronometer.
One of the biggest changes compared to the Continental GT can be spotted in the center stack, where the round vents were replaced by B-shaped elements. The clock between the A/C vents is carried over from the Continental GT, but it now has bronze detailing. Speaking of fine, luxurious details, the rotary stitching on the center console feature diamond knurling. This finish can be selected for the air vents and the clock as options.
The Flying Spur also benefits from a new wood veneer option in Crown Cut Walnut. This veneer is created through a straight cut process that provides a more modern finish. You can also opt for Dark Fiddleback and Piano Black trim, among a total of five veneers available. You can combined two of them for a two-tone look, as seen in these presentation photos.
The door panels are just as fancy as the dashboard, as the fine wood veneer is joined by diamond-quilted leather inserts. This feature is borrowed from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, and itâs a first for the Flying Spur nameplate. The redesigned seats are also wrapped in fine leather and feature a twin-flute design. All four seats have heating, ventilation, multi-mode massage, adjustable bolsters, and top tilt. The rear seats also include a folding center armrest. If you opt for the Mulliner Driving Specification, the Flying Spur comes with three-dimensional leather and stitching and embroidery. Speaking of leather, you can choose from 15 different colors before going to Mulliner for the extra options.
As far as tech goes, the Flying Spur comes with wireless charging and two USB sockets. It also has Mood Lighting with seven different colors, but this feature is optional. The 12.3-inch screen can be configured as a single display, a split 2:1 display, or to show three different functions.
Rear passengers also benefit from all-new Touch Screen Remote thatâs made from finely-crafted materials. It integrates almost seamlessly into the console but is easily removed at the touch of a button for remote use. It allows access to a variety of applications, including control of all blinds, rear-seat massage function, and rear climate control.
If youâre a fan of natural light, you can spec your Flying Spur with a full-size, glass-to-glass panoramic sunroof. It includes a front panel that tilts and slides rearward and Alcantara blinds that deploy electrically. These are color-matched to the interior upholstery.
The entertainment system is rounded off by a choice of three audio systems. The standard unit features 10 speakers and 650 watts, but you can go with a Bang & Olufsen system that cranks out 1,500 watts and comes with 16 speakers and illuminated grilles. The third option is a fancier, bespoke units made by Naim. The 2,200-watt system has 19 speakers, active bass transducers built into the front seats, and eight sound modes.
Bentley has yet to release info on passenger space, but the rear compartment seems to have ample legroom and shoulder room. The two rear seats also look comfortable and seem to provide plenty of lateral support. No room on trunk space either, but hopefully the new Flying Spur is more capable than its predecessor, which had a 16.7-cubic-foot trunk, smaller than some compact sedans. The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class offers a bit more at 18.7 cubic feet, as does the Rolls-Royce Ghost at 17.3 cubic feet.
Six years old as of 2019, the second-generation Flying Spur is nothing to sneeze at. It still looks cool on the outside, the cabin is packed with premium features, and Mulliner has an impressive list of options for customers with fat wallets. With V-8 and W-12 engines rated at more than 500 and 600 horsepower, respectively, the old Flying Spur is fast too. Overall, it has what it takes to give competitors from Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz a run for their money. And this is where the third-gen Flying Spur kicks in as a big blow to Bentleyâs rivals. Built on a new platform and with new tech like active AWD and all-wheel steering, the new Flying Spur raises above the competition. Its clean, luxurious interior is a big blow for Rolls-Royce as well, especially since the Ghost is almost a decade old. The massive W-12 makes the Flying Spur the quickest big sedan on the market and enables the Brits to climb at the top of the luxury segment without much opposition. Until Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce redesign their big sedans, the Flying Spur will remain the most capable and luxurious four-door out there.
- Sporty, EXP10-inspired design
- Loads of luxury features and new technology
- More power
- Diesel, hybrid drivetrains possible
Still an expensive choice
The Ghost is the Flying Spurâs traditional rival as it can offer the same amount of opulence and performance. On the market for nine years as of 2019 and updated in 2014, the Ghost will most likely receive a complete redesign by 2020. The next-gen Phantom was already unveiled in 2018, so itâs safe to assume that a new Ghost will follow suit. Unlike the Flying Spur, the current Ghost is a V-12 machine only, as both the standard and V-Specification models are powered by a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12. The first version comes with 562 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, while the latter benefits from 592 horses. The next-gen model should come with a revised V-12, but a hybrid or even an all-electric version are on the table too. Likely to retail from around $300,000, the Ghost will be a much more expensive proposition, especially when compared with the less powerful, non-W-12 Flying Spurs.
Find out more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.
Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the European pricing for the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Discontinued in 2012, the Maybach brand returned in 2015 as Mercedes-Maybach. Now selling mildly revised S-Class models equipped with far more luxurious interiors, Maybach has two vehicles on offer. The base model is called S560 and features a 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 463 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque. The second, more expensive version, goes by the name S650 and features the larger, 6.0-liter V-12 with 621 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of twist. While the exterior of the Mercedes-Maybach is identical to the S-Class, the cabin is a different story, sporting the most luxurious features Mercedes-Benz has to offer. The wheelbase is also longer, providing more room for rear-seat passengers. Itâs also more affordable too, with the range-topping S600 starting from $199,900 in the U.S. However, Maybach offers plenty of options to take that sticker beyond $300,000.
Learn more about the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
It’s the first Bentley to get all-wheel steering.
After introducing the latest-generation Continental GT Coupe in 2017 and its droptop sibling in 2018, Bentley is now completing the family portrait with their four-door sibling. Developed from the ground up, the all-new Flying Spur is targeting those who want more luxury and finesse than the Audi A8 W12 can offer and are willing to pay the premium of owning a fullsize luxury sedan from Crewe.
Entering its third generation, the revamped Flying Spur is slightly longer than its predecessor, now measuring 5304 millimeters (208.8 inches), and with a wheelbase extended by 130 mm (5.1 inches) to 3195 mm (125.8 inches) to offer superior legroom for rear passengers. Although it may look a lot like the model it replaces, Bentley says it’s an “all-new” design giving the luxobarge increased road presence enhanced by the muscular lines running across the entire length of the car.
Gallery: 2020 Bentley Flying Spur
It goes without saying the styling is heavily derived from the Continental GT and adapted to four-door form with extended rear doors providing easy access into the lavish cabin. Right from the start, the Flying Spur gets LED matrix headlights and 21-inch wheels, while Mulliner has also prepared a couple of optional 22-inch sets.
The gargantuan panoramic glass sunroof will set you back extra and it will come with an electrically tilting front panel sliding rearwards on top of the fixed back panel at the back. For the first time on a modern-day Flying Spur, Bentley’s “Flying B” statue is retractable and is even illuminated as part of the welcome lighting sequence when the driver approaches the car.
As a nod to the past, the corporate grille has vertical vanes in the same vein as the 1957 S1 Continental Flying Spur. Bentley will sell the new posh sedan with a choice of 17 colors and bright chrome or black finish for the lower grille. The headlights will feature as standard chrome accents to make them sparkle even when not lit, while the taillights are adorned with the “B” motif and have a design mimicking the diamond knurling of the air vents inside.
Speaking of which, the cabin is offered with a whopping 15 hide colors for the seats, and an industry-first three-dimensional diamond quilted leather on the door cards. Several veneers – including wood and piano black – are available, as is a dual veneer look for those looking to further customize their cars.
The rotating 12.3-inch touchscreen takes center stage on the dashboard but can remain completely hidden behind the veneer section. Alternatively, the rotating panel shows three analog dials depicting a chronometer, compass, and the outside temperature for those favoring an old-school look. The standard 10-speaker sound system can be upgraded to a 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen setup or to the range-topping 19-speaker, 2,200-watt Naim system with active bass transducers incorporated in the front seats.
At the heart of the new Flying Spur is a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 626 horsepower (467 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque as seen in the Bentayga Speed, and channeled to the road via a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. Even though the car tips the scales at a hefty 2,435 kilograms (5,368 pounds), it’ll still do 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a mere 3.8 seconds before topping out at a respectable 207 mph (333 kph).
It’s sportier than ever before thanks to better weight distribution and even all-wheel steering – a first for a Bentley. The AWS system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels when the car is being driven at low speeds to reduce the turning circle and make it feel shorter during city driving when parking a fullsize sedan can be a bit of a hassle. Eschewing the fixed 60:40 power split all-wheel-drive system of the previous generation, the new Flying Spur boasts active AWD automatically adapting power delivery depending on wheel slip and road conditions.
It should provide a silky smooth ride since there’s now 60 percent more air volume in the air springs of the suspension, which comes with continuous damping control to tweak the dampers of the air suspension. The 420-mm front brakes are bigger than what the old Flying Spur had to match the added oomph coming from the W12 engine.
Bentley will begin to take orders this fall and will kick off customer deliveries early next year.
Read our full review on the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid
Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S.
Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S.
As mentioned above, we used many of the EXP10 Speed 6 conceptâs features to design the next-generation Flying Spur. This is most visible up front, where the main headlamps flanking the grille are joined by smaller lights toward each corner. These are smaller than the ones seen on the outgoing model and now have their center sections covered, meaning they look like thin LED rings. The main grille retains the already traditional shape, but it now sits closer to the ground, thus lowering the nose for a sportier stance. Below, the Flying Spur should feature a three-piece grille configuration with two wing-like elements separating the cooling vents in the upper corners. The profile of the rendering is very similar to the current model, but we can see a revised fender vents, redesigned side windows, and more muscular rear haunches.
All-new Bentley Flying Spur (2020) Unveiled: Goodbye Rolls-Royce?
Updated 02/13/2018: Our spy photographers caught the new generation Flying Spur out for a new testing session in Sweden. The new car is expected to debut in late 2018 or early 2019.
Updated 12/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur out for a new testing session. This time the luxury sedan was caught out, playing in the snow.
Updated 11/02/2017: The upcoming Bentley Continental Flying Spur was caught testing once again, still wearing a great amount of camouflage.
Updated 06/06/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur out for a new testing session this time wearing a real body prototype.
- Borrows from the Continental GT
- Sportier front fascia
- Massive grille
- Elegant profile
- Muscular fenders
- B-shaped LED taillights
- Repositioned rear license plate
- Standard 21-inch wheels
- 17 paint options
As expected, the new Flying Spur shares it front fascia with the most recent Continental GT. The most striking feature here is the grille, which is notably wider and taller. Bentley also ditched the two-piece design of the grille for a more luxurious looking unit with no fewer than the 23 thin and vertical slats. This grille design is a tribute to the iconic Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur from 1957. The fine radiator grille behind the slats is finished in gloss-black for a neat contrast with the chrome frame.
The massive grille is flanked by brand-new headlamps. Just like the Continental GT, the Flying Spur continues to feature a quad-headlamps layout, but the outer units are now much smaller than the inner lights. All four are fitted with LED Matrix technology as standard and Bentleyâs new cut-crystal effect. The Brits also added a chrome sleeve behind the cut element for a sparkling effect thatâs visible even when the headlamps arenât lit.
The front bumper sports a new design too. The old and boring vents of the previous Flying Spur were replaced by a sportier layout with a trapezoidal opening at the center and rectangular vents on the sides. Theyâre set apart by thick chrome trim and feature a honeycomb-style grille. The latter is gloss-black, while the frame can be specified in a darker chrome for a more subdued look.
Another cool new features is the Flying B mascot on the engine hood. Added for the first time to a modern Flying Spur, it adds a dash of elegance to the sedan, moving it closer to its Rolls-Royce counterpart. The redesigned mascot is also illuminated and linked to the welcome lighting sequence and keyless entry system, so it activates when you approach the car.
The Flying Spurâs profile retains the clean and elegant design of the old sedan, but I spotted a few new styling cues to talk about. For starters, the Flying Spur looks a tad sportier thanks to a couple of protruding character lines. The first one starts from the top of the outer headlamp and travels across the arched front fender to become straight as it passed through the front door and ends halfway into the rear door. The second character line starts from the rear door and arches around the shape of the rear fender before it meets the taillights.
In the rear, the new Flying Spur shares styling cues with both the old sedan and the most recent Continental GT. The decklid still features the raised center section as the outgoing Flying Spur, but the section is taller. The trunk lid is also wider over the rear fascia, which means a much-improved loading area. The previous rectangular taillights were replaced with almost square units that boasts B-shaped graphics that mimic the «Bentley» badge. The fascia is clean now, with the license place recess moved into the bumper. The latter remains familiar, but it now sports thin chrome strips on each side of the license place and a cleaner lower section. The oval tailpipes are fitted into oval-shaped openings in the bumper.
The new Flying Spur is available with a choice of 21-inch wheels as standard, but you can also pick from a couple of optional 22-inch rollers from the Mulliner division. The standard color palette includes 17 different hues, but you can access Mullinerâs option list for more paints, including two-tone finishes.
As far as size goes, the third-gen Flying Spur is a tad bigger than its predecessor. At 209.3 inches long, itâs only 0.7 inches longer than the old model. When it comes to width, the new sedan is identical to its predecessor at 77.9 inches. At 58.4 inches tall, the new Flying Spur is only marginally lower than the old sedan, which comes in at 58.6 inches. But although itâs not notably bigger, the new Flying Spur has a significantly longer wheelbase due to the front axle having been moved farther away from the cabin. At 125.7 inches, the new wheelbase boasts an additional five inches.
V-8 and Hybrid versions underway
Just like its predecessor, the new Flying Spur will become available with a V-8 engine as well. The sedan will probably feature the same 4.0-liter V-8 from the Continental GT V8, so expect it to deliver the same 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. If this turns out to be true than the third-gen Flying Spur V8 will benefit from an extra 21 horsepower and 40 pound-feet compared to the outgoing V8 S model.
A hybrid version is also underway, but the jury is still out on what drivetrain it will use. The hybrid sedan could borrow its underpinnings from the Bentayga Hybrid SUV, which pairs a 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine to an electric motor for a total output of 456 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist. However, Bentley would also have access to the V-8 hybrid drivetrain of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The German sedan comes with a whopping 671 horsepower and 627 pound-feet on tap. Bentley will probably go with the V-6 drivetrain though, as the Volkswagen Group may want the Panamera to retain an exclusive high-performance hybrid status.