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Chip off the old block-The All New Bentley Flying Spur

connoisseur February 21, 2013 0
Chip off the old block-The All New Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley’s new luxury sedan, the Flying Spur – an extension of its predecessor – will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. With the launch of this new luxury sedan Bentley will set new benchmarks in terms of performance and luxury. It boasts of an unrivalled blend of effortless drivability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, with sculpted design and state-of-the-art technology, all of which guarantee to take the world wide success enjoyed by its predecessor further up a notch.

The new Flying Spur has an athletic design that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance and contemporary details. LED day-time running lights, dipped headlights and taillights characterise the front and the rear profiles, while sharp feature lines complement the masculine looking rear haunches and a lower roof line, giving the Flying Spur a more aggressive stance and a powerfully dynamic profile. In terms of weight, the new Flying Spur is 50kgs lighter than the first generation car.

The spacious interiors of the car are luxuriously furnished with exquisite hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers. Equipped with advanced acoustic and electronic technologies, the driver and the passengers can interact with each other as well as with the outside world through touch-screen infotainment, mobile and internet connectivity with Wi-Fi, a rear seat entertainment suite and a new hand-held touch screen remote, which allows rear seat occupants to control a range of features from their seats. Central infotainment is controlled through a high resolution 8-inch touch-screen interface, complete with Bentley’s advanced satellite navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity. Not just this – but the infotainment features can be controlled by voice activation.

The 6-litre twin-turbocharged, 48-valve W12, Bentley’s most powerful engine, is the natural choice to power the fastest ever Bentley four-door. Now delivering 625PS (616bhp) at 6,000rpm and a staggering 800Nm (580lb ft) of torque from only 2000rpm, the W12 has recently undergone a complete engine management system upgrade to the latest Bosch ME17 interface. This power reaches the wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The new Flying Spur charges from standing start through 60mph (near 100kmph) in 4.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 200mph (322kmph).

Improved torque management, turbocharger control, driveability and emissions performance all result from the adoption and optimisation of the new system, with resulting improvements in low speed responsiveness.

As with the entire Bentley range, the new Flying Spur is built to each individual customer’s exacting specifications. Buyers wishing to extend the range of available options further can choose to include the Mulliner Driving Specification, which includes five additional hides, expanding the number of available shades to 17, and five further wood veneers. Bentley’s traditional diamond quilting is incorporated in the seats and door panels, combined with indented leather headlining and embroidered Bentley wings added to the headrests. Drilled alloy foot pedals, a knurled sports gear lever, jewel filler cap and 21-inch two-piece five-spoke alloy wheels in painted or polished finish complete the Mulliner suite of options.

Bentley Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, comments on their latest addition, “Bentley’s new Flying Spur is the ultimate luxury performance sedan. Our engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Flying Spur is the perfect combination of power, comfort, refinement and hand-crafted quality. Fitted with the very latest technology, the new Flying Spur is equipped both for business and relaxation, whilst remaining a car to enjoy from behind the wheel.”

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