Second-gen Flying Spur gets the 625hp 6.0-litre W12 from the Speed versions of the GT coupe and GTC convertible
It appears every new Bentley is the "fastest-ever"...
Yeah, it has become quite a habit for the Crewe boys to try to make headlines for their new offerings.
To play along, the second-generation Flying Spur is claimed by Bentley to be the fastest-ever saloon to be made by them.
Courtesy of the Speed versions of the Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible, the latest Flying Spur gets the 625hp 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Make no mistake, though: this isn't the Flying Spur Speed, just the regular one.
As a result, the Flying Spur goes from 0-100kph in 4.6sec before raising its hanky at 322kph.
The downsized 4.0-litre turbo V8 hasn't been announced for the Flying Spur, so you'll have to live with the W12's 6.8kpl average economy.
Not a problem. How do its rivals compare?
Rear occupants are treated with multi-media gadgets.
In terms of prestige in the 20 million baht front of luxury saloons, the closest rivals to the Flying Spur are the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Mercedes-Benz S65, both similarly powered with twin-turbo V12 powerhouses. The Ghost has a 570hp, 6.6-litre unit that yields a slower 4.9sec time, while the S65's 558hp 6.0-litre makes a better 4.4sec. Both have top ends capped at 250kph, giving Bentley good reason to holler about speed.
Does the Flying Spur handle speed safely?
Bentley says so, thanks to all-wheel-drive, adaptive suspension and optional carbon brakes featured in this 2.5-tonne creature.
Under normal driving, torque is split 40:60 between the front and rear axles. As much as 65% can go to the front and 85% to the rear depending on driving circumstances.
The front and rear suspension also lower automatically by 5mm and 10mm, respectively, when the car reaches 195kph, and a further 8mm and 13mm at 240kph.
Since we're on the topic of the chassis, Bentley says the Flying Spur now offers a comfier ride than before. The front and rear damping rates have been softened by 10% and 13%, accordingly.
Comfort also seems to be the name of the game inside...
Certainly, mate. After all, it's a Bentley we're talking about here that traditionally combines the driving bit together with peerless passenger comfort.
That's why the Flying Spur now has a two-seat rear bench for buyers to choose from in case they want to be chauffeur-driven.
New, as well, are the multi-media gadgets for rear occupants to fiddle around with.
The Flying Spur looks quite like the Continental...
That's because it is one, in essence, just that the Flying Spur is a four-door version of the Conti.
The design language up front is just like in the GT and GTC, plus the familiar wheels which range from 19 to 21 inches for clients to choose from.
What obviously differentiates the Flying Spur from its two sportier brothers are the additional portals and the bespoke rear end, which now sees slimmer _ if annoyingly squarish _ tail lights.
Well, that's just a matter of taste and best left for you, dear reader, to decide.
Rear lights are now slimmer yet squarish as before.
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