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PROS

Fantastic performance, tremendous luxury

CONS

Frugal? You must be joking

Verdict

Bentley’s all-new Flying Spur raises the stakes in the luxury car market. The British car maker uses descriptions such as ‘effortless driveability’ and ‘exquisite luxury’ as a way of grabbing your attentions. Inevitably, the word ‘craftsmanship’ rears its not-so-ugly head too.

The photos do paint a very pretty picture of this car. The Flying Spur, in all its luxurious glory, will no doubt be a target for the well-heeled not just for its looks but for what lies under the bonnet. With a six-litre twin turbocharged W12 motor that generates a monster 616bhp, it is Bentley’s most powerful four-door model ever.

The stats tells you it’ll do 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds and that it’ll top out at 200mph. What they don’t tell you is that every attempt has been made to make the experience of achieving both as comfortable and as effortless as possible. Bentley will have worked to make the ride as pillow-soft as possible, the seats as comfortable as they can be and the interior a benchmark for luxury.

Bentley Flying Spur equipment

Equipment-wise, the Flying Spur offers plenty. There’s a touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav and mobile connectivity including wi-fi. If you plan to spend a lot of time relaxing in the rear seats a new hand-held touchscreen remote control is available. An eight-channel, eight-speaker audio is installed as standard but you can go for a more powerful one kilowatt system if you so desire. At extra cost of course.

The engine

The massive engine is mated to a ZF eight-speed transmission and, with a maximum torque of 800Nm, the new Flying Spur ensures its own notoriety for being the most powerful Bentley four-door in history. A 14% improvement in the power-to-weight ratio has been made over the outgoing model and all that power is delivered to the road via all-wheel-drive with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split.

The sumptuous interior of the new Flying Spur includes 600 new parts, with only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console and controls carried over from the previous generation. Available in both four- and five-seat configurations, the new Flying Spur features redesigned front and rear seats trimmed in natural premium-quality leather with 14-way adjustment including memory and lumbar functions. Every occupant is offered seat heating as well as seat ventilation, while additional stowage sections are incorporated to the rear of the front seats. For the four-seat variant, the centre console sweeps from the front to the rear cabin and introduces an additional storage area together with stowage case, trimmed in veneer to match the car.

So, what’s not to like? Well, unsurprisingly, average fuel consumption is no more than 19.2mpg and CO2 emissions are 343g/km but that does represent a 13% improvement over the outgoing model.

Bentley will be taking orders for the Flying Spur in Spring. Look out for the full Parkers Bentley Flying Spur review coming soon.

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