Bentley Continental Flying Spur – Main Details
|Launched: 2005||Engine: W12|
|Power: (412 kW; 552 bhp) at 6,100 rpm||Torque: 650 n.m (479 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600-6,100 rpm|
|Top Speed: 312 km/h (194 mph)||0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 5.2 s|
|Replaces: TBC||Did you know: TBC|
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR – FIRST GENERATION
To create the Continental Flying Spur, Bentley basically just stretched their popular GT coupe and added two doors. Like the coupe, this saloon model was built on the Volkswagen Phaeton chassis, and while sharing parts with an automaker that specializes in economy cars for the masses could have been seen as an ill-advised move, the gamble paid off for the British automaker. The Continental twins helped Bentley achieve unprecedented sales figures and allowed the company to continue developing its line-up into what it is today.
ARCHITECTURE AND PERFORMANCE
The Flying Spur shared a platform and even and engine with the Volkswagen Phaeton. In this application, however, the big 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 was tuned to produce 560 bhp, which represented a 116-horsepower advantage over the VW. Torque was up as well, by 66 lb-ft, for a total of 479. It may have been a big luxo-barge, but this Bentley was capable of turning in some incredible performance specs. Those not-so-negligible outputs allowed the big, 2,500-kg saloon to accelerate to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 194 mph, making it the fastest saloon in the world at the time of its debut. Transmission duties were given to a 6-speed automatic unit supplied by ZF.COMFORT AND LUXURY
As in the GT, a four-wheel drive system helps the Continental Flying Spur stay composed in all weather conditions, while an adaptive air suspension provides a creamy ride quality. Inside, you will find the expected levels of high-quality materials and luxury appointments suiting a car of this stature – for the most part. Nearly every surface consists of either top-notch wood grain or high-quality leather. And while the driver will have to interact with some VW switches and plastics, those in the rear seat will find little fault with the Flying Spur. Ample legroom heated and cooled reclining seats, and personal climate controls means whoever is sitting in back will be comfortable for a long, long time.
With prices starting around £130,000, the Continental Flying Spur slotted in below the Arnage in Bentley’s model range, even though it could outperform the aging Arnage in nearly every way. The first-generation Flying Spur was made through the 2012 model year, when it was replaced by the current-generation.
Bentley Continental Flying Spur Wiki – Technical Specification
|0-100 km/h||5.2 s|
|0 -200 km/h||TBC|
|Max. speed||312 km/h (194 mph)|
|Max. power output*||412 kW; 552 bhp) at 6,100 rpm|
|Max. torque*||650 n.m (479 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600-6,100 rpm|
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Bentley Continental Flying Spur Image Gallery
Photo Gallery Credits: RM Sotheby’s.