While the third-generation car owes its name to its predecessor, it's an all-new model that Bentley claims would offer sports sedan agility and modern limousine refinement
The new Flying Spur, riding on 22-inch wheels, 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.
The car is built on an aluminium and composite chassis and integrates a 48V electronic architecture.
Like Rolls-Royce, the "Flying B" mascot on the Bentley is retractable for the first time.
It also features Electronic All-Wheel Steering for the first time on a Bentley, coupled with Active All-Wheel Drive and Bentley Dynamic Ride, promising better handling and ride.
One peculiar option allows for what Bentley refers to as "digital detox." The car's high-tech digital cockpit can simply be hidden away by folding down a wood veneer fascia over non-essential gear. The wood trim also continues around the cabin.
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 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.
Driving the new Flying Spur is an enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12, mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission for faster, smoother gear changes. This new TSI engine delivers 626bhp and 900Nm, 0-100kph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 333kph.
A 130mm longer wheelbase means the new Flying Spur features a spacious and luxurious cabin. 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 technologies that enhance the driver’s and passenger comfort. 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.
Tailored specifically to the modern luxury customer, the interior can be further enhanced with a panoramic glass sunroof stretching the full-length of the roof.
The new Flying Spur is available to order from this autumn and customer deliveries will begin in early 2020.