We can imagine that automakers are among the groups salivating at the prospect of a colony on Mars – perhaps a photo studio on the red planet will be far enough away from the terrestrial Internet to keep everything they've got from leaking all over the web. In the midst of Bentley's teasing for the next-generation Flying Spur, someone got in early on a set of photos and decided to share them with us.

The transformation is all about character, the super sedan's lines getting injected with a whole lot more of it. The family face of the Continental line is evident, the new Spur getting a more upright grille than before and a Mulsanne-esque undivided lower grille. The front fenders get narrow, horizontal vents, and behind that the character line that starts with at the hood shutline runs in a long arc to the rear door, then rolls up into haunches that terminate at the very back. Lower down, a character line cuts up the bulk up the sides. In profile there is a definite hint of this being a junior Mulsanne.

The only item we see at the moment that could take some getting used to are the horizontal taillights. Housing a large single element topped by curved red brows, our initial impression is that they lack the flow of the rest of the car. Inside, it's what you'd expect from a Bentley.

There's a chance we'll know more about it later today, the date Bentley planned to fill us in on the union of performance and luxury. Or, knowing the Internet, we might know more even sooner...

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      • 2 Years Ago
      The combination of the rear haunches and \"fast back\" is beautifully done. The old model looked ungainly right at that part of the body.
      Brian Regan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks great. I just did a side-by-side of photos of this and the current model and there's more differences than I expected. I like it because it's a very subtle design; very luxury without rubbing it in the rest of our faces.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Regan
        Agreed. The differentiation between the old spur and the new one is far greater than the old GT and the new model. To me, that's a good thing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will span even more Chrysler 300 Bentley imitations! For what it is, it's quite handsome...
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow...it looks a million times better, than the last version. especially in direct comparison. with the new quatroporte being a little bit meh i think this is my favourite luxury sedan.
      Michael D. Mitchell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Elegantly understated, with a hint of athleticism... I like it.
      Hallelu Yar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually beautiful all around...still looks like a Bentley with a subtle design changes...less is MORE!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nicely done. Looks like a Bentley.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this more than the current model. It definitely looks more German... like Audi had an affair with Jaguar. The rear end reminds me of the old XJS... anyway... I think it would be wicked in a dark sapphire blue. WANT!
      • 2 Years Ago
      love the new tail lights. wasn't into the last gen tails.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not entirely sure about the design. It looks a bit more squared off...not entirely a bad thing. I don't get the rear end though, it looks like there are a couple extra creases in there. Even if I were able to save 2 1/2 years worth of my pre-tax salary, I still don't think I'd go for one.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is the origin of the term " Flying Spur" ? A funky name for a funky car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      a bit quattroporte, CGT, looks good but not majestic.
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