The Bentley Flying Spur has always been something of a Q-car. Previous generations have been discreet, even stately. Yet they have always been almost unnecessarily fast.
This all-new Flying Spur is perhaps the ultimate Q-car. It’s still a discreet and stately, and now the speed has been cranked up to preposterous levels. For this extremely large, heavy, four-door saloon tops out at 207mph.
That massive turn of speed is thanks to the 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine. It produces a thumping 626bhp and 664lb/ft of torque. That’s sent to the rear-biased four-wheel-drive system via an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The net result is a 0-62mph time of 3.8secs. In a car that weighs 2.4 tons.
To bring it all to a stop, the brakes are suitably massive with 420mm front discs – the largest iron brakes fitted to a road car, ever. 21in wheels come as standard – 22s are optional.
As you would expect, there are many heavy-duty chassis control systems to manage all that power and mass. Among them are rear-wheel-steering, adaptive air suspension and active anti-roll bars, all running off a 48-volt electrical system.
All this hardware is familiar from Continental GT as, once again, the new Flying Spur is based on a stretched version of the Conti’s chassis.
That all-new chassis has allowed the wheelbase to be stretched 130mm over the old car, freeing up useful extra rear legroom – crucial in vital markets like China, where most Flying Spur owners are chauffeured.
The Flying Spur continues Bentley’s run of producing possibly the best interiors on the market. The beautifully minimalist dashboard hides a wealth of gadgetry, centred around the 12.3in HD touchscreen display. The screen can be configured in a multitude of formats and the main functions are backed up by buttons on the centre console.
A remote touchscreen allows rear seat passengers to set the climate control, seat massage, windows blinds and lighting to their preference, separate from those in the front. A panoramic glass roof is available, as well.
There’s the usual phalanx of passive and active safety systems, and LED matrix beam headlights that block out sections of diodes to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.
Bentley takes music seriously and the Flying Spur is available with three grades of stereo – a 650W unit is standard with 1,500W Bang & Olufsen and 2,200W Naim systems optional. The latter has Active Bass Tranducers built into the front seats. We’re not entirely sure why that’s necessary, but it sounds awesome.
Bentley has yet to announcing pricing, but anticipate a sticker of around £150,000. Before you delve into the near-limitless personalisation options.
By Graham King