- Mileage: 9,671
- Transmission: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Engine Size: 5998cc
- Interior Colour: Linen
- Exterior Colour: Onyx Black
- Body Style: Saloon
- Seats: 5
- Service: Bentley FSH
- Reg date: 2013/11
- Onyx Black Metallic
- Linen Hide Leather Interior
- Contrast Stitching - Black
- Bentley Mulliner Driving Specification with Alternative Wheels
- Acoustic Side and Rear Glazing
- Electric Glass Tilt and Slide Sunroof
- Diamond Quilted Hide Seats
- Electrically Operated Blind for Rear Side Windows (in addition to Rear Window Blinds)
- Piano Black Finish
- Privacy Telephone Headset (including Front and Rear Cradle)
- Refrigerated Bottle Cooler
- Veneered Picnic Tables
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Bentley GPS Tracking System
- CD Changer (6 disc)
- Keyless Entry
- Front and Rear Heated Seats
- iPod interface linked to infotainment system
- Rear Seat Entertainment
- Rear View Camera
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Engine power 625 bhp
- Engine size 5998 cc
- Acceleration (0-62mph) 4.3 seconds
- Top speed 200 mph
- Wheel drive Four Wheel Drive
- Urban mpg 13 mpg
- Extra Urban mpg 28 mpg
- Average mpg 19 mpg
- CO2 rating (g/km) 343 g/km
What car says:
The Flying Spur is a ridiculously fast and fabulously appointed luxury limousine with a cachet that few rivals can match.
The Bentley is a big, heavy car, but it's still capable of out-accelerating many supercars thanks to that mighty 6.0-litre engine. Only a light dab of the throttle is required to pass slower moving traffic or get up to motorway speeds. The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox is a great ally for it, too; it slices through gears rapidly. A cheaper V8 version is due shortly.
The Flying Spur is surprisingly agile and has huge amounts of grip. Most of the time you feel like you're driving a much smaller car, especially in town and when threading it along narrow roads. Ride quality is dependent on what size wheels you choose, but even on the smallest alloys, the Bentley fidgets around more than a luxury limo should. You feel too much of the road's surface through the steering column, too.
High-speed cruising is one of the main tests for refinement, and the Flying Spur passes it well. It does a fine job of isolating both front and rear occupants from wind and road noise, although there is a bit too much suspension noise on bumpy roads. Even under full throttle, the W12 engine never loses its polish.
The lavish wood veneers, organ-stop air vent controls and hand-stitched hide seats punch home the old-money message. However, given that Bentley has gone to such trouble to create plush surroundings, it's a pity the switchgear is so low-rent. Most of the buttons and switches on the centre console would look shoddy in a VW Golf, let alone a luxury limo.
The Flying Spur comes with all the electronic safety systems you'd expect to keep you on the road in all weathers. What it lacks is the more advanced systems of rivals, such as lane-keeping assist and attention-alert systems. Security systems, though, are state of the art.
There are two trim levels – standard and Mulliner. Upgrading to Mulliner spec takes you into a world of far greater colour and trim personalisation than the standard version offers.
The Bentley Flying Spur is an impressive luxury saloon – but you certainly pay for the privilege.
Honest John says:
The new Continental Flying Spur is unmistakably a Bentley, with large, round twin-headlights and purposeful yet understated styling. It’s got the power it needs to be a true Bentley, too – the 6.0-litre W12 produces 625PS and 800Nm of torque. That’s sufficient for a 200mph top speed and a 0-60mph sprint of 4.3 seconds.
All models have all-wheel drive and are fitted with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Improvements have been made to fuel economy over the outgoing model, but don’t expect frugality – combined cycle economy is 19.2mpg and emissions are 343g/km.
The cabin is as sumptuous as you’d expect – there’s soft leather, seat heating and ventilation for all occupants and there’s lots of seat adjustment to maximise comfort. All of the wood veneer – almost ten square metres per car - is hand crafted and seven variations are offered.
The Flying Spur is offered in four or five-seat form. The former features an extra storage area with a stowage case trimmed in veneer to match the interior of the car. There are electronically operated rear privacy blinds fitted as standard to both four- and five-seat models.
It’s not all traditional, though – there’s an eight-inch touch screen with sat nav, voice control and Bluetooth. Rear seat passengers can control the touch-screen with a remote, while hard workers can specify a Bentley Connectivity Unit, which adds 10-inch screens to the rear headrests and web-connectivity.
The Flying Spur really is a special car and one that's a pleasure to drive or be lucky enough to be driven in. With prices starting at £140,900 it is of course a very expensive luxury and it's easy to add much more onto that. The cars we were driving had £40k of options fitted. Sure there are plenty of less expensive limousine-like models out there, but nothing can hold a candle to the Bentley. It really is in a class of its own.
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