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2014 Bentley Flying Spur



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PRICE : For 2014 Bentley Flying Spur $200,500


After showing us a couple teasers recently, not to mention the leakage of official shots earlier today, Bentley has finally pulled the cover off the all-new 2014 Flying Spur, which will receive its global debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The big, bespoke sedan not only promises plenty of luxury in its full redesign, but Bentley is also saying that the new Flying Spur will be the "fastest, most powerful four-door" model it has ever produced...

To make sure it comes through on that bold statement, the 2014 Flying Spur is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine used in the Continental GT Speed. In the Flying Spur, this 12-cylinder engine produces 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and it sends that power to the ground through a new eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased (40/60) all-wheel-drive system. Launching the 5,451-pound sedan from 0-60 miles per hour will take just 4.3 seconds and 100 mph comes in less than 10 seconds; overall top speed is rated at 200 mph. Even with all that power and mass, Bentley is still expecting the next-generation Flying Spur to return better EPA fuel economy than the current model with projected (but not certified) estimates of 12 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway...

Befitting of its more powerful engine, the Flying Spur also gets a more athletic appearance with a more upright face, arched front and rear fenders and horizontal taillights that better distinguish it from the Continental GT. The new roofline also gives the car a sportier shape and the side windows add a more contemporary look, but this car is almost identical in size to the current model including the massive rear overhang, which helps accommodate 16.8 cubic feet of cargo...


For a car that will surely retain a starting price of just under $300,000 for the base model, there will be no shortage of luxury or technology inside the Flying Spur. The Flying Spur is offered with either seating for five or a four-passenger layout with a full-length center console. Front occupants are treated to the same interior found on the Continental including the dual brow instrument panel, the sporty, three-spoke steering wheel and the large touchscreen display. Some of the optional features for rear passengers to enjoy include a 1,100-watt, 11-speaker Naim audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system with a pair of 10-inch displays and there's even the availability of a WiFi hotspot...



EXTERIOR
















The Bentley marque’s characteristic curves meet crisp, clean new edges in a remarkably sleek silhouette...

The side feature line runs along the car from the rear wheel arch in parallel with the low roof, down to its hand-fitted chrome front grille. The bi-Xenon headlights with daylight-running LEDs complete a powerful visage when viewed from head on.
There is no doubt that the new Flying Spur is an elegant luxury saloon. Yet the strong rear haunch and the wrap-around tail lamps conspire to betray the Bentley heritage – and the power the car conceals within...


INTERIOR






















The veneers used for the mirror-matched waistrails and dashboard, the matching glasses case in the console and the picnic tables behind the front seats are all carefully fitted by hand. Cured for 72 hours, they are treated with five layers of clear lacquer to enhance their natural beauty. The result is a series of stunning, mirror-matched surfaces that flow seamlessly into the soft, tactile leather of the Flying Spur's interior. ..

Every hand-upholstered leather seat is individually sewn, hand-fitted and signed by the upholsterer on the back of the hide, which undergoes a traditional tanning process beforehand, to give it a rich, luxurious leather aroma...
Despite the Flying Spur’s powerful nature, every occupant enjoys generous legroom. From the organ-stop air vent controls to the touch screen Infotainment system and the Touch Screen Remote in back, passengers alike have never enjoyed so much control over their environment. 

There is simply no more luxurious sports sedan. Click here to experience more about the luxurious, serene interior of the new Flying Spur...


SPECIFICATION


► Year: 2014
► Make: Bentley
► Model:Flying Spur
► Body Style: Sedan
► Mileage: 25
► Engine Size: W12 6L
► Transmission:A
► Exterior Color: Onyx
► Interior Color: Beluga
► Veneer: Burr Walnut


SAFETY


The Bentley Flying Spur is something of a safety unknown: it's massive, and equipped with technology that accents safer driving without distracting from the act of driving itself...

Still, it's one of those ultra-luxury vehicles that go untested, because of price and sales volume. To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the Flying Spur. Frankly, we don't expect either of them will. As a result, we've given the sedan a rating based on its dimensions, technology, and the performance of other large VW Group vehicles...

Standard safety equipment on the Flying Spur is complete, though it's not as technology-riddled as some mid-priced luxury vehicles. The usual airbags and stability control are complemented by all-wheel drive with a slight torque bias to the rear. Front and rear parking sensors are standard for American-market cars; a rearview camera and adaptive cruise control are options...

What's not offered are some features that are now common on less expensive four-doors--features like surround-view cameras, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warning and lane-keeping systems. We're advocates of the cameras and blind-spot systems since they increase safety inexpensively, and believe they'd improve upon the Flying Spur's somewhat limited visibility to the rear quarters...


FUEL ECONOMY


Gas mileage might be the furthest thing from the minds of Bentley drivers, but at least engineers have spent some time wringing more miles per gallon from its estimable engine...

The Flying Spur stands by its unusual powerplant, a signature twelve-cylinder with the pistons arranged not in a "vee," but in a "W" layout. Maybe it's a subtle homage to the parent company--but Bentley says the unconventionally engineered piece is a hallmark of the brand. It's the only engine offered in the Spur, whereas the bigger Mulsanne sports a twin-turbo V-8...

It's by no means the most efficient choice, but it compensates with massive torque and heartening acceleration. And this year's EPA ratings for the Flying Spur are better; the sedan's lost 110 pounds, and gained a new eight-speed automatic. Both of those improvements net the sedan a slight gain on the EPA cycle, to 12 miles per gallon city, 20 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined...

We've heard rumblings of diesel and hybrid powertrains spreading across the VW Group even to its most prestigious brands, but as of yet, the Bentley Flying Spur is unworried...


ENGINE




► Engine Capacity 5998 cc
► Max. Power               616bhp / 625 PS / 460kW @ 6000rpm
► Max.Torque               800Nm, 590 lb.ft @ 1700rpm
► Fuel                            98 (95) RON


TECHNOLOGY















The touchscreen Front Seat Infotainment System allows both driver and front passenger to operate the navigation system and adjust the audio, telephone, ride and comfort settings.

The optional multimedia specification with Wi-Fi hub provides internet access for tablets, laptops and phones. With its 64 GB internal hard drive, it provides enough room to share practically anything that can be stored on a modern-day digital device...

The rear seats include DVD players, wireless headphones and LCD screens, along with ports enabling you to connect consoles, tablets, cameras, music players and phones...

In the console in the back, lies a detachable, Touch Screen Remote. Relaxing in the hand-upholstered rear seats, passengers can adjust the climate settings, seat heating and ventilation, radio and navigation system and multimedia features...

The optional 1100 watt 13 channel Naim for Bentley Premium Audio System delivers incredible sound, wherever you sit in the car. Each of the Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speakers combine the functions of a separate tweeter and midrange speaker in one unit. Sited in the fascia, rear quarter panels and rear parcel shelf , they make it possible to direct the sound with accuracy, while providing incredible clarity throughout the audible spectrum...


CHASSIS


The first and most important of ?these differences is in the chassis. While the control-arm front and multilink rear suspension are shared by the Conti and the Spur, the air springs, the anti-roll bars, and the suspension bushings are tuned to be cushier than their counterparts in the coupe. Of course, these are all merely baseline settings. A four-position control allows the driver to firm up the springs and dampers, and the car makes a number of changes on its own, tightening the dampers while lowering the ride height as speed increases...

The rate at which the springs stiffen automatically during aggressive driving has been upped, and, Jones insists, “We haven’t traded off as much as you might think in terms of ?handling.” Two- and four-door models were previously distinct, but now the differences between them are greater, even if the inevitable Flying Spur Speed performance model will at least partially reverse the softening...


COMFORT & QUALITY





Some of the new Bentley Flying Spur's most coveted features are its front and back seats. And for good reason--they're adjustable 14 ways, with lumbar and memory support built into all the outboard seating positions. (That omits the controls on the middle back seat on the standard five-seat Spur; the four-seat Mulliner is posture-perfect in that regard). The front seats also have extendable lower cushions and massaging and ventilation control, for something close to a spa atmosphere, minus the humidity...

The Spur cabin isn't what you'd consider vast, though. It's more cozy, probably as it should be, even though the exterior proportions are more full-sized and full-figured. The overall length is 208.5 inches, the wheelbase is 120.7 inches, and the curb weight settles in at just under 5,500 pounds--and the Spur has just enough headroom for six-footers to slip under the sunroof, if they're long-bodied. It's roughly impossible to engineer a vehicle with such an exotically arranged and large displacement, with all-wheel drive, and with copious luxury equipment without tipping into its weight class...

The rear seats are clearly the place to be, or to be seen--unless you choose to raise the sunshades and go incognito, that is. The Flying Spur's back doors pivot open for easy access, revealing either a bench or a pair of bucket seats split by a long console, which can hide a Champagne cooler, if you like. One doesn't look for bottle holders in the doors, after all...

From the basic configuration, turning the Spur into a rolling limousine/office is simple, and simply expensive. All it takes is the available picnic trays and wireless infotainment system. From the back seat, passengers can move the front seats forward, grab a remote to play with the main audio and climate controls, or manipulate the dual 10-inch screens mounted on headrests in front of them. The screens aren't touch, but the setup does distribute wireless internet access to up to eight different devices...

Truth be told, the snack trays won't hold even a MacBook Air. But petit fours and a glass flute? Yes, yes, a thousand Euros, yes..


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By : Automotive News & Super Modified Sports Cars


= Shahen Tharammal



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