The Flying Spur options Bentley’s first-ever electronically powered, retracting Flying B, which even will get illuminated wingsRolls-Royce Ghost rival has an equal concentrate on driver engagement and passenger consolation
The third-generation Bentley Flying Spur will signify a “quantum leap in expertise, efficiency and innovation” over its predecessor, in accordance with the Crewe-based maker.
Bentley hopes to determine itself because the chief within the ultra-luxury saloon market forward of the brand new Rolls-Royce Ghost’s arrival subsequent 12 months and says it has created a automotive that “maintains Bentley DNA” to enchantment to loyal prospects whereas providing up to date design to entice a brand new era of patrons.
The aim for the mannequin – which follows the Bentley Bentayga and Continental GT within the gross sales rankings – is to supply sports activities saloon agility paired with limousine refinement in order that it caters to each drivers and people being chauffeured. The latter is a vital promoting level for the Flying Spur in China, which is the most important marketplace for the mannequin alongside the US.
Bentley claims that the brand new Flying Spur “owes solely its title to its predecessor” – alluding to its new chassis, suspension, W12 engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox. A lot of the brand new Flying Spur’s set-up and componentry is shared with the Continental GT, launched final 12 months.
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Nonetheless, regardless of the Flying Spur and Continental’s an identical underpinnings, together with the MSB platform that can also be shared with Porsche’s Panamera, Bentley has sought to distinguish the 2 vehicles not solely by the distinction in physique form but in addition quite a lot of finer design particulars each inside and outside.
The Flying Spur will launch with Bentley’s acquainted range-topping twin-turbocharged W12 engine, reworked for this era. The 6.Zero-litre unit produces 626bhp and 664lb ft of torque, accelerating the automotive from Zero-60mph in three.7sec, Zero.7sec quicker than its predecessor. The highest velocity is 207mph. It’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission promised to ship “clean and refined acceleration, faster gearshifts and improved gasoline economic system”.
The engine combines high-pressure and low-pressure gasoline injection, supposed to maximise refinement, decrease particulate emissions and optimise energy and torque supply. The brand new mannequin reaches a peak torque of 664lb ft at 1350rpm, in contrast with the earlier era’s 590lb ft at 2000rpm. The unit additionally makes use of a variable displacement system that may shut down half the cylinders, making it extra environment friendly under 3000rpm.
After the W12 launches, an entry-level V8 will probably be added to the vary. A V6 petrol-powered plug-in hybrid will full the powertrain line-up. This, Bentley’s second hybrid, will comply with the Bentayga Hybrid, which launches in August.
The Flying Spur pioneers all-wheel steering for Bentley, a system that’s promised to reinforce stability at excessive speeds and manoeuvrability round city. The rear wheels are steered in the wrong way to the entrance wheels at low speeds, lowering the turning circle and making parking simpler. At greater speeds, the rear wheels keep in the identical course because the entrance wheels, as a way of enhancing stability.
Whereas the second-generation Flying Spur had all-wheel drive, the brand new mannequin introduces an lively system that favours rear-wheel drive to enhance the automotive’s dealing with however may also ship torque to the entrance axle mechanically as wanted. Bentley mentioned the entrance finish of the automotive feels “a lot lighter” in consequence.
Different options already seen on the Continental embrace Bentley’s Dynamic Journey System, a 48V electrical lively roll management system and three-chamber air springs containing 60% extra air quantity than the earlier single-chamber springs, leading to a chassis set-up for all sorts of driving.
Torque distribution varies in accordance with the drive setting. In Consolation and Bentley modes, as much as 354lb ft is shipped to the entrance axle. In Sport mode, torque to the entrance axle is proscribed to 206lb ft to attain a extra dynamic really feel. The mannequin additionally has a torque-vectoring-by-brake system.
The Flying Spur will get an extended wheelbase than its predecessor – the entrance wheels transfer ahead by 130mm, making a shorter overhang and extra inside house – however its general proportions are much like the outgoing automotive’s.
Whereas the outgoing mannequin and the brand new Continental have a matrix grille, the brand new Flying Spur provides veins to the grille “to make the automotive look extra majestic”, mentioned design director Stefan Sielaff, and to pay homage to WO Bentley’s eight Litre mannequin from 1930. The matrix stays behind the veins for cooling functions.
The Flying B mascot has been redesigned for Bentley’s centenary 12 months. It’s the marque’s first-ever electronically powered, retracting Flying B – the prevailing emblem on the Mulsanne is manually adjusted – and even will get illuminated wings.
The headlights and ‘B’ graphic tail-lights have the identical crystal-cut-effect LEDs as discovered on the Continental. Normal wheels are 21in, however 22in Mulliner rims – the most important but provided on a Flying Spur – can be found.
Inside, the Flying Spur has the acquainted double-wing theme within the entrance, and makes use of the well-received rotating show together with the 12.3in touchscreen first launched on the Continental. The second facet of the show has three customisable digital dials and the third facet continues the wooden veneer across the cabin.
There’s a totally different central console to the Continental that includes two air vents with non-obligatory diamond-cut edges sitting between a clock, wi-fi charging functionality, USB ports and extra compartments.
Sielaff mentioned there’s a “concentrate on each entrance and rear” because the Continental GT and Panamera share new mannequin’s MSB platform automotive must enchantment to each drivers and passengers. There may be an possibility for darker entrance seats and lighter rear seats, and Sielaff added the rear has a “lounge-like really feel”.
Bentley’s newly designed removable, magnetic pill permits rear passengers to manage temper lights, media options, car data, therapeutic massage performance and the deployment of the Flying B decoration.
The Flying Spur introduces all-new quilting within the door card, which options three-dimensional, textured leather-based upholstery that was impressed by the EXP 10 Velocity 6 idea and is claimed to be a world-first. The seats have non-obligatory “cathedral window quilting”, a development of the diamond quilting within the Continental that’s supposed to distinguish the 2 Bentleys.
First deliveries of the Flying Spur will probably be early subsequent 12 months, with costs anticipated to start out at £185,000 for the W12, a premium of £15,000 over at this time’s automotive. The entry-level V8, which can arrive later, will price from £165,000.
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