Last year Bentley launched the new Flying Spur, the fastest road-going luxury saloon on the planet. In the final few months of 2013 Bentley managed to sell well over two thousand Flying Spurs – an astounding reception.

So, let’s look a little closer at this captivating car.

Design

The venerable vehicle is far more muscular than the outgoing Flying Spur and features improved cabin technology, as well as higher levels of comfort and finesse.

Bentley’s styling team has developed an athletic design that blends long-established Bentley icons, such as the illustrious winged “B” badge and modern details such as fat twin exhaust tailpipes.

The spicy saloon has a pleasing posture and astute feature lines balance brawny rear haunches, while LED lights characterize the front and rear profiles of the car.

Performance

With its mélange of easy driveability, pulse-raising pace, and clever craftsmanship, it’s already outstripping the success of its iconic predecessor, the Continental Flying Spur.

Powering the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s well-known 6.0 litre twin-turbo W12-cylinder lump, attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The motor gallops from 0-62mph in an awe-inspiring 4.6 seconds and is capable of 200mph.

Ride & Handling

Developing blood vessel popping pulling power the car features more shove than any other Bentley four-door in history. However, this velocity is kept firmly on a leash.

You see, power is put down via all-wheel drive. This gives you a sure-footed ride in all weather conditions. Unfortunately, poor road surfacing can occasionally unsettle the Bentley’s air cushion.

You are therefore not completely isolated from the kind of intrusion that, say, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class would resolve.

Refinement

Step inside the cavernous cabin and it’s instantly apparent Bentley’s interior designers have gone to town on ensuring a sumptuous yet hi-tech environment.

Advanced acoustic and electronic technologies are flawlessly harmonized with hand-crafted leather hides and mirror-grain wood veneers. Real chrome accents also feature, and it’s all finished off with a Breitling timepiece in the dashboard.

Fit, finish, and craftsmanship throughout the cabin make it clear why Bentley is so good at selling cars while preserving its virtually unrivalled reputation.

Space & Practicality

It has a huge body with bags of room for rear-seat passengers and their belongings. That said, the Flying Spur’s best seating is up front, both in terms of experience and space.

There’s more than enough space for the paraphernalia of passengers in the boot, too.

Equipment

The Bentley has a touch-screen infotainment system that includes mobile ‘phone connectivity and Wi-Fi. However, as the car has been made as much for passengers as for the person behind the wheel, rear seat leisure is where it really matters.

There’s an entertainment suite and a custom-built hand-held touch screen remote which allows anyone sitting in the back to be in charge of an extensive range of features from the cosiness of their seat.

What’s more, an eight-channel, eight-speaker audio system provides high quality sound clarity. It’s so good that it would give any home music setup a run for its money.

The Rivals

Unlike some of the even more pricey models in Bentley’s portfolio, the Flying Spur is not short of competitors. The premium automakers all have high powered, big executive saloons available, and although you have to go right to the top of the tree to find the models that can match the Flying Spur’s graceful delivery of power, some are significantly cheaper.

Four-door GTs are in the frame – from sports car producers such as Aston Martin and Porsche, too.

In Conclusion

The Bentley Flying Spur has got to be the choice of car for anyone who appreciates elegantly appointed motors. Needless to say, it is also the definitive car to be chauffeured in and makes you feel like a celebrity just by standing next to it.

Alas, the mighty machine costs the same as a humble home – and that’s before you even consider the running costs!

Bentley Flying Spur W12

Price: £140,900

Engine: 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbo petrol

Gearbox: 8-speed automatic

Power/Torque: 616bhp; 590lb/ft

Economy/Emissions: 19mpg; 343g/km of Co2

0-62mph: 4.6 seconds

Top speed: 200mph

On Test: Bentley Flying Spur W12
Performance95%
Handling & Ride90%
Design80%
Space & Safety90%
Value For Money80%
Gadgets86%
The Positives
  • Huge power and speed
  • Space to spare
  • Gorgeous craftsmanship
The Negatives
  • Sheer size
  • A bit thirsty
  • Occasionally unsettled ride
87%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (4 Votes)
83%

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