Flying spur. We've already driven and rode the new flagship Bentley – 45 Seconds

The name Flying spur (Winged Spur) was born in the 1950s and was first used in association with a Bentley in 1957, but the first Bentley to use it as a proper name was the 2005 Continental Flying Spur, the four-door model built on the base. of the coupe.

In 2013, the second generation arrived without Continental in its designation, in a clear attempt to make the limousine a more independent model and not just a version of the Continental. The same intention is now reinforced at Flying Spur, which will have its main markets in the United States, China and Europe (in that order).

This is an all-new Flying Spur, which shares the basis of the Continental GT launched a year and a half ago, using the Volkswagen Group's huge portfolio of technical resources in an attempt to assert itself as the best limousine luxury in the world.

Flying spur. We39ve already driven and rode the new flagship - Flying spur. We've already driven and rode the new flagship Bentley - 45 Seconds

Bentley Flying Spur Monaco Verdoyant

Just as Mercedes-Benz raised the bar for the S-Class with the Maybach and AMG versions (which succeeded in the segment between 220,000 and 250,000 euros, European prices not inflated by "Portuguese" taxation), Bentley wants to do something similar with the Flying Spur, giving it everything there is to do against this prestigious rival, leaving the price range between 160,000 and 200,000 euros where Generation II was located.

Porsche lends a hand

At the start of the project, the president of Bentley was the experienced engineer Wolfgang Dürheimer, who, in one of his previous assignments within the Group, had been Director of R&D (Research and Development) at Porsche at the time the brand de sport was developing the MSB platform which in the meantime made its debut in the Panamera and which, oddly enough, Bentley managed to obtain for this new Flying Spur.

In fact, more than assuring, he was also able to participate in its development, by preparing certain structural parts to obtain greater local rigidity. This is something decisive for luxury cars, while for sportier vehicles the general stiffness of the body is more decisive as it allows for faster and more precise steering and suspension responses, but it makes the The noisier car "not", something that is allowed in a Porsche, but not in a Bentley.

Using this modern platform / structure (with aluminum chassis, composites and very high stiffness steels and aluminum body panels), the Bentley Flying Spur could be slightly lighter (-38 kg) and stiffer than its predecessor, despite much more technological content.

635 hp W12 engine

The position and type of engine are also fundamental. In this case, being a W12 (as if it were two VR6 blocks joined together) it maintains the virtual absence of vibrations of each VR6 unit and is very compact (24% smaller than a V12) because they are mounted around a common crankshaft.

On the other hand, the W12 (launched in the Bentayga SUV, but with many changes because the Flying Spur does not need to be able to get out of the asphalt …) was mounted under the hood in a later position (the front axle forward 13.5 cm), which has a positive impact on the more balanced distribution of masses between the front and the rear, with the same effect on handling. Something basic in a car that is 5.3 m on the road and weighs 2.5 t.

All this is appreciated while guiding the new Flying Spur on narrow roads along the beautiful French Riviera (which are almost all for this four-wheeled "monster" of four meters wide), where the quality of the insulation Aristocratic cabin sound and engine refinement (which disconnects half of the cylinders, at low acceleration loads, in a totally imperceptible manner), provide overwhelming silence on board.

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Bentley Flying Spur Monaco Cricket Ball

In fact, too much, since I expected a bit more "presence" from the W12 at least in Sport mode (one of the four, the others are Comfort, Bentley – the favorite of Anglo-German engineers – and Custom. ) in which the "tone" of the voice sounded too metallic to the point that we lost the low frequencies of a V8. Yes, it's a luxury Grand Tourer, but with 635bhp and 900Nm it might seem like something more 'threatening' in specific situations.

Also new is the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is no longer a torque converter but has a double clutch. It was a "choice" conditioned by what Porsche defined as the best fit for the Panamera, but it ends up influencing the character of the Flying Spur, which has slightly more nervous reactions to acceleration than one might expect. to expect, but in what we consider acceptable (and, in fact, box tuning was the last aspect to be completed in the dynamic development of the car, to a point where it even slightly delayed its arrival on the market).

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Bentley Flying Spur Monaco Extreme Silver

Volkswagen blessings

But being part of a group with as many technical means as Volkswagen has more advantages than disadvantages.

The Flying Spur benefits, through this channel, of the 48V active stabilizer bar system, three-chamber air suspension and continuously variable dampers in each of the four wheels. The effect is impressive because, whatever the type of road or the pace of driving, the body has very well controlled longitudinal and transverse movements and always with great reserves of comfort.

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Bentley Flying Spur Monaco Dark Sapphire

More stable in Sport mode (in which only one camera is active), intermediate in Bentley mode (with two cameras in action) and comfortable in Comfort (with all three). And always with extremely fast mode changes, thanks to the 48 V electrical system, also launched at Bentley in the Bentayga SUV.

The new Flying Spur also has a directional rear axle, which significantly reduces the turning circle (which is only 11m, very little for a car of this size), in addition to improving stability at speeds. cruising. The steering responds quickly and precisely, without being "nervous" and its weight does not change depending on the mode chosen, but if the driver really insists, he can do so in the configurable program.

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Bentley Flying Spur Monaco Dark Sapphire

Another important effect of the driving modes has to do with the supply of torque, which occurs only on the rear axle in “Normal” mode (i.e. different from the previous model which had a 4 × 4 system. permanent), but then uses a clutch to transmit force to the front wheels when needed.

Of the 900 Nm available (from 1350 rpm!) 480 Nm can be sent to the front wheels, but in Sport mode this delivery is limited to 280 Nm, so the behavior of the car is closer to rear-wheel drive, which it allows to control the tendency to overturn (exit in front of tighter curves) dictated by the laws of physics (the V8 version is more balanced in this regard due to the lower weight of the engine).

Flying Carpet

On the highway, back to Nice, he does not fail to impress the impulse of the Flying Spur just by "smelling" the smell of the sole of the shoe approaching the pedal on the right, with pick-ups and acceleration that leave anyone in the right direction. (3.6 s from 0 to 100 km / h, in addition to 333 km / h top speed – achieved in 6th so that 7th and 8th gears work as overdrives and help reduce consumption – give you an idea of ​​what the car is capable of).

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It is true that many wealthy Flying Spur buyers will travel seated in the front, behind the wheel, to drive, not to be driven, and with all this technological arsenal, the decisive aspects for those who buy a car are almost forgotten. Ultra-luxurious limousine with impressive statutory dimensions.

An aristocratic salon

In terms of style, we find elements that we already know in the Continental GT coupe, with a huge grille and headlights with noble finishes, a rear view marked by imposing shoulders, a profile with pleats that reinforce the drama of image and a little more discreet and classic rear which, like in the Continental GT, is the angle which impresses the least.

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Inside, the sensations are numerous and intense, awakened by the quality of wood, leather, aluminum, design and the harmonious coexistence of the latest technologies with comfort, modernity and tradition. Even without stepping into the endless customization possibilities of the Mulliner program, the sky is the limit in terms of options – there are interior lighting variants that defy the imagination and, in the case of the audio system, for example, a system can be reached. the exclusive Naim, with 18 speakers and 2,500 W of power.

There is a central panel on the dashboard that rotates on its axis to display a digital touchscreen for information and entertainment with 12.3 inch or three classic analog screens or just high quality wood, similar to the rest from the instrument panel and extending to the doors, embracing the occupants of the spacious, comfortable and luxuriously finished front seats. The instrumentation is also digital and configurable, but with classic-looking dials.

All the seat adjustments are electric and all are air conditioned (cooled and heated), there are refrigerated compartments (there may even be a small refrigerator in the back to keep the champagne at the ideal temperature) and the honorable rear passengers have two tablets attached to the backs of the front headrests to manage and view your own content (although the way your fixture was solved is more like an aftermarket solution than an integration into a car priced at almost $ 300 000 euros…).

As in the previous generation of Flying Spur, there is a detachable digital touch screen interface (but more advanced than before) which allows you to control functions such as the movement of the electric curtains and the panoramic roof along the length of the cabin, lighting and seats, including different massage programs, etc.

Oh, and also the magical up-and-down movement of the "B" steering wheel on the nose of the hood that Bentley picked up from that Flying Spur, and that can also happen automatically when the person with the car key in their possession gets out of hand. approach as if to welcome you for another exceptional journey: "come in, sir".

Technical specifications

Bentley Flying Spur
ENGINE
Architecture W12
Capacity 5952 cm3
Architecture W12
Distribution 4 valves / cylinder, 48 valves
food Inj. Mixed direct / indirect, turbo
Diameter x stroke 84 mm x 89.5 mm
Compression ratio 10.5: 1
Power 635 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Binary 900 Nm between 1350 and 4500 rpm
DIFFUSION
Traction Four wheels
Gearbox 8-speed automatic, dual clutch
FRAME
Suspension FR: Independent McPherson; TR: independent multi-arm
Suspension FR: Independent McPherson; TR: independent multi-arm
Suspension FR: Independent McPherson; TR: independent multi-arm
Brakes EN: ventilated discs; TR: ventilated discs
Steering / turning diameter Electric assistance / 11.05 m
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
Comp. x Width. x Alt. 5.316 meters x 1.978 meters x 1.444 meters
Between axes 3,194 m
Luggage compartment 420 liters
Deposit 90 liters
Weight 2437 kg
Tires FR: 265/40 R21; TR: 305/35 R21
BENEFITS, CONSUMPTION AND EMISSIONS
Maximum speed 333 km / h
0 to 100 km / h 3.8 s
Mixed consumption 14.8 l / 100 km
CO emissions2 337 g / km

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