Much of the new Flying Spur’s setup and componentry is shared with the Continental GT that was revealed back in 2017. However, despite the Flying Spur and Continental’s identical underpinnings – including the MSB platform that is also shared with Porsche’s Panamera – Bentley has sought to differentiate the two cars not only through the difference in body shape but also a number of finer design details both inside and out. The engine combines high-pressure and low-pressure fuel injection intended to maximise refinement, lower particulate emissions and optimise power and torque delivery.
The unit also comes with cylinder deactivation technology allowing it to shut down half the cylinders, thus making it more efficient below 3,000rpm. Bentley also claims a 0-100kph time of 3.8sec and a top speed of 333kph. The Flying Spur pioneers all-wheel steering for Bentley, a system that is said to enhance stability at high speeds and manoeuvrability. The rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speeds, reducing the turning circle and making parking easier. The new Flying Spur also gets an active all-wheel-drive system that favours rear-wheel drive to improve the car’s handling but also sends torque to the front axle automatically when needed.
The amount of torque sent to the front axle varies depending on the drive mode. The car also has a torque-vectoring-by-brake system. While the outgoing model and the new Continental have a matrix grille, the new Flying Spur adds veins to the grille to pay homage to WO Bentley’s 8 Litre model from 1930. The matrix remains behind the veins for cooling purposes. The Flying B mascot also has been redesigned for Bentley’s centenary year. It is the marque’s first-ever electronically powered, retracting Flying B and even gets illuminated wings. Inside, there’s the familiar double-wing theme in the front, and the well-received rotating display with the 12.3-inch touchscreen first launched on the Continental.
The second side of the display has three customisable digital dials and the third side gets the wood veneer seen around the cabin. The central console is different from the Continental’s, featuring two air vents with optional diamond-cut edges sitting between a clock, wireless charging capability, USB ports and more compartments. The seats have optional ‘cathedral window quilting’, a progression of the diamond quilting in the Continental that is intended to differentiate the two Bentleys. In India, Bentley currently sells the Bentayga, the Mulsanne in standard and long-wheelbase forms, and the new Continental GT. There is no news on when the carmaker will bring the new Flying Spur to India.