It's been months since we've heard anything about the next-gen Bentley Continental Flying Spur. We know the four-door variant of the Bentley Continental GT is coming sometime soon, but all we've seen so far is one batch of spy shots of a car that doesn't stray too far from the current model. This new batch of photos shows another familiar car lapping the Nürburgring.
Bentley Flying Spur
It's the luxury brand's seventh wood veneer and the first new one in five years.
Because there weren't enough ways to customize a Bentley already.
This is a four-door Continental GT.
It's a Bentley all right, but it's not exactly luxurious.
Bentley slaps some parts onto a Panamera Turbo to shake down the Flying Spur.
It's not a Speed, but Bentley's new Flying Spur W12 S is one of the fastest and most comfortable ways to cruise at 202 miles per hour. The others? They have wings.
Can't decide between the V8 and W12 versions of the Flying Spur? Bentley may have just made it harder - or maybe easier - with the introduction of the new V8 S model.
Bentley's Mulliner customization division has introduced a whole range of options for the Flying Spur, including a mini-fridge that fits between the rear seats and costs $10,135.
Bentley is recalling 27,640 examples of the Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur worldwide because of a loose battery cable joint. The campaign includes 7,778 of them in the US.
Automobile says the Bentley Grand Convertible will go on sale in early 2017, and the EXP 10 Speed 6 could be greenlit in time for production in 2020.
Bentley's chief designer says that Lincoln may have copied the design from the Flying Spur a little too closely for its own Continental concept.
You don't keep an entire model line on the market for a dozen years without refreshing it every now and then, as Bentley demonstrates at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the updated Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur.
Bentley will showcase a revised Continental range for 2016 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, boasting revised bodywork, updated trim and an upgraded W12 engine.
Despite Bentley's reputation as a holier-than-thou, ultra-luxury brand, at the end of the day, the Big B is still a business. As such, ongoing trends like powertrain downsizing and model range expansion are more prevalent at Bentley than ever. Just look at the Continental range – what started as the GT W12 has expanded into the GTC W12, GT V8, GT V8 S, GTC V8, GTC V8 S, GT Speed and GTC Speed. Talk about "have it your way."
Who would you think would be the largest producer of 12-cylinder engines in the world? Mercedes? BMW? Ferrari? Think again: as you might have guessed from the headline, it's Bentley. The thing is that, while all Bentley automobiles are manufactured in the UK, its engines aren't: while the 6.75-liter V8 in the Mulsanne is made at home, the innovative 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine in Continental models so equipped (like the newer 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8) is shipped in from Germany. But that won'
Bentley may step down a segment with a new, smaller luxury car that it hopes to have ready by 2019. The British luxury marque's fifth model line, assuming that its SUV ever makes it to market, though, is still in the earliest planning stages.
While it is hard to call any Bentley entry-level, the Flying Spur V8 that's debuting at the Geneva Motor Show is technically the lowest rung among Bentley's four-doors. However, if our experience with the Continental GT V8 is anything to go by – the Spur and the Conti still share a platform, despite the former dropping "Continental" from its branding – the loss of a few cylinders won't harm the overall experience.
Until the new Falcon sport-ute comes along, Bentley is still a brand that revolves around two model lines: the Mulsanne, which is available essentially in one form, and the Continental family, which is available in many. The Flying B marque has traditionally offered the V8 version in two specifications and the W12 in three, and packaged them into three different bodystyles. With the Geneva Motor Show fast approaching, Bentley is rolling out two more.