• Plush ride
  • Turbocharged 12-cylinder thrust
  • Luxe rear seat
  • Crimped outward visibility
  • Turbocharged 12-cylinder thirst
  • Standard equipment missing some niceties

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Flying Spur in 2014

The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur has been redesigned, following in the tire tracks of the Continental GT's recent update. There's fresh styling outside that evolves the look, a more cosseting rear compartment inside, and a mellower suspension setup that reflects the Spur's status as a chauffeur-driven machine in most markets -- particularly China...more

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur has expunged "Continental" from its name, but this sedan is still a sibling to Bentley's popular Continental GT. That means it's the more affordably priced four-door Bentley -- at least compared with the Mulsanne. Nonetheless, the tab for a 2014 Bentley Flying Spur will still run you something north of a quarter-million dollars. The Flying Spur is offered in two specifications: the standard Flying Spur and the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur W12 Mulliner. Highlights of the Mulliner (the name comes from Bentley's longtime coachbuilder) include 21-inch wheels, diamond-quilted upholstery, drilled aluminum pedals, and a knurled wood shift lever.

Overview

The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur again uses the unusual W-12 engine, turbocharged to deliver towering figures of 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque -- equivalent to the Speed engine in the Continental. That prodigious output, distilled via a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, means that the heavyweight Flying Spur (which is 5445 pounds) can blast from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is an even 200 mph. As it is on the Continental, all-wheel drive is standard here, with a sporty, rear-biased 40/60 torque split. Unsurprisingly, this large, powerful engine in such a large, heavy car results in a large appetite for gasoline: expect 12/20 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA.

While this powertrain is essentially carryover, what's new and different is the styling. It's best described as a highly recognizable evolution of the previous car. New creases and more pronounced rear fenders help balance out the proportions of the previously front-heavy design. That renewed emphasis on the rear is echoed inside, where the back seat boasts increased legroom, reclining seatbacks, fold-out tables, and touchscreens to operate the audio and climate controls.

The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur exists for buyers who have taken the Mercedes-Benz S-Class/BMW 7 Series/Audi A8 thing to its logical conclusion, or to those who are seeking something a little more special than even the topmost offerings of the mainstream luxury marques. Indeed, the Bentley's interior finishes are on a different plane, with handcraftsmanship and buyer customization featuring prominently. What you are not buying here is the very latest in technical gadgetry. Although navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen is standard, one must pay extra for a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and the audiophile Naim stereo. Missing entirely are surround-view cameras, a blind-spot warning system, and precollision braking.

Key Competitors

  • Aston Martin Rapide
  • Jaguar XJL
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Rolls-Royce Ghost

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