Bentley extends options list for Flying Spur

By JAY WONG | 8 July 2020

LONDON: Bentley is now offering an added suite of luxury options and features when customers specify their Flying Spur.

Now, the Flying Spur can be configured with four seats and can be upholstered in semi-aniline leather that's held securely together by roughly 115m of hand-applied cross-stitching.

The four-seat configuration uses a long-through console that extends from the front console to the rear and plays host to a new housing for the 5.0-inch touchscreen remote as well as twin cup holders and extra stowage space.

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The rear armrest can be heated and added with a wireless charger while sporting bright metal finishers and hiding two USB ports as well as a 12V power socket.

The 11,100 cross-stitches by hand take up to 18 hours to complete.

The thread used is touted to be extremely durable and uses special dyes to maintain its colour to last for the lifespan of the vehicle.

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The use of semi-aniline leather is not only softer and plusher feeling leather but the reduced finish thickness means fewer processing treatments are required for improved sustainability.

The leather is specifically used for seat inserts and has a more natural aspect bringing out the grain of the material. It is also more breathable due to the reduced thickness and is especially beneficial in hotter climates.

Additional options also include veneered inserts for the rear doors and power-operated picnic tables as well as high gloss carbon fibre or a Côtes de Genève finish for the centre console.

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The powered picnic tables mounted in the rear of the front seat can be called upon with a single press of a button and the veneered table will self-level to reveal a leather-wrapped surface with a recess for a pen or stylus. Holding the button down again and the table elegantly returns to its home position.

Externally, the Flying Spur's sheet metal can be coated by three additional colour options of Viridian, Patina and Snow Quartz which join the Bentley Mulliner palette.

The Viridian is a modern take on the traditional British Racing Green, and the dark emerald metallic hue is inspired by that used on Bentley’s EXP10 Speed 6 concept car.

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The colour resembles a deep agate green that's infused together with light green and blue undertones. The combination is said to help create depth and a sporty dimension while the tiny flecks of amber and gold pronounce a sense of luxury.

For Patina, this colour blends the aura of polished metals mixed in with a hint of champagne and silk to reach out as a mid-tone cream with the faintest hint of subtle greens.

As for Snow Quartz, the white tri-layer of pearlescent paint with a fine layer of pearl effect is said to create a shimmering and lustrous whiteness.

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Also adding to the list of options is a fully-chromed front matrix grille and two new wheel finishes of gloss black with a machined finish and fully gloss black.

Drivers can opt to have a newly designed steering wheel that now comes with capacitive sensing wheel rim as a safety function and can detect if it's being held for the semi-autonomous Driver Assistance Systems.

Finally, the designers at Bentley took the opportunity to revise the colour split of the steering wheel before adding a jewelled bezel at the base of the reshaped vertical spoke.

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