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...
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.
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.
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