The All-New Bentley Flying Spur delivers the duality of sports sedan agility and modern limousine refinement
With only a few minutes behind the wheel of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur, an opportunity to test its 626 horsepower presents itself. The narrow streets and sharp corners of Monaco are crowded with tourists and wealthy residents who captured a glimpse of a six-figure luxury limousine sports sedan out from the shadow and into the hectic traffic.
Last month, Bentley invited me for the opportunity to drive its newest model at the playground of the super-rich, around Monaco’s famous Hotel de Paris. After I drove the car at this exotic location, it proved how important it is for a 5.3-meter luxury limousine to equipped with active, electronically controlled four-wheel steering as standard.
In June, Bentley announces details of the world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan – the all-new Flying Spur. Whether driving or being driven, the car offers a unique combination of limousine luxury and sports-sedan performance, blending bold new road presence with world-leading interior quality and design, plus cutting-edge customer-focused technology.
The new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s modern sculptural design language through elegant yet muscular proportions, the marque’s latest generation of unique, cut-crystal effect LED matrix headlamps – now enhanced by chrome sleeves – and new wrap-around rear lamps with ‘B’ motifs. New 22-inch wheel designs communicate the new Flying Spur’s unique personality and prowess.
Newly-designed for the next century, a ‘Flying B’ mascot adorns the nose of the new Flying Spur for the first time in modern memory, rising from beneath a beautifully modern Bentley badge to denote the precious quality of the model.
A technological tour de force, the new Flying Spur is the most advanced luxury Grand Touring sedan available today, offering a host of cutting-edge technologies thanks to its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis and 48V electronic architecture.
It features Electronic All-Wheel Steering for the first time on a Bentley, coupled with Active All-Wheel Drive and Bentley Dynamic Ride, delivering phenomenal handling and ride. New three-chamber air springs allow a much greater range of suspension adjustment between limousine-style ride comfort and sporting levels of body control – a driving experience of extraordinary breadth and capability not seen in this segment before.
A host of new Driver Assistance Systems are fitted to the new Flying Spur as standard, including Traffic Assist, City Assist, and Blind Spot Warning, while the ground-breaking Bentley uses state-of-the-art, multi-material body construction.
At the heart of the new Flying Spur is an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12, mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission for faster, smoother gear changes. This new TSI engine delivers 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.), 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds) and a top speed of 207mph (333 km/h).
A 130mm longer wheelbase means the new Flying Spur features a spacious and luxurious cabin that offers peerless comfort and refinement. As well as an extensive list of Single and Dual Veneer wood options, the sedan offers both Bentley’s new fluted leather seating and the unique Mulliner Driving Specification diamond quilting on the seats and an automotive world-first: three-dimensional diamond-quilted leather door inserts.
Such modern handcraftsmanship is combined with a host of cutting-edge technologies selected to enhance the driver’s and passenger comfort and enjoyment of the new Flying Spur. For example, the HD digital instrument panel display, the unique rotating centre console with choice of 12.3 inch digital touchscreen, beautiful analogue dials or digital detoxifying veneer, and the remote control touch screen for rear passengers all combine to make the Flying Spur’s cabin the most modern, innovative and luxurious place to travel in.