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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

The Parkers Verdict

The Bentley Flying Spur might be getting on in a number of departments, but it is still an amazing car, and the world would be a duller place without it. It may be based on the previous-generation Continental GT’s platform, and its engine and transmission options are shared with it, but it has a bruising character all of its own.

With four-wheel drive offered across the range, it’s more of a driver’s car than its gargantuan dimensions would lead you to expect. So, it comes down to whether you want the fast and thirsty V8, or the ballistic and dipsomaniac W12. Either way, you’re getting all the road presence you’ll ever need to clear the outside lane of a busy M1.

But it’s not without its faults – the infotainment is shockingly off the pace, and well behind where it needs to be. Given that a Volkswagen Golf is so far ahead of what’s offered here, and that you can’t even sync your iPhone to it easily, or connect USB devices to it, and you’ll see this isn’t good enough. We’d also argue that the handling isn’t as precise as it could be – a fact that is someway compensated by excellent ride quality. 

Would we recommend one? Yes, the Bentley Flying Spur makes a great statement, and makes its occupants feel very special indeed. Not a rational choice, then, but a very easily justified one.

Bentley Flying Spur

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