The 2016 Bentley Flying Spur

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The British super sports cars maker is right here again with its iconic, opulent, and luxurious Flying Spur. The smaller sedan of its repertory is a sort of a stretched, four-door version of the evergreen Continental GT Coupe we all love.

The fame granted by Bentley came thanks to its incredible taste of design. Opulent and stylish creations with heavyweight dotted with massive engines. Who’s capable of making a supercar with these traits? Only Bentley.

Probably a car that is near to perfection could be Bentley’s creation. Compelling aesthetic with top-notch materials and cutting-edge features, combining a super athletic car with a limo. Sounds crazy, but that is exactly what the Flying Spur is.

The best thing about the Flying Spur is its V8 and V12 engines, a powerful engine and another one even greater, but with worst fuel economy. Who the heck cares that? If you are wealthy enough to have one of these, you can burn US$20.000 more for the V12.

Let’s review this epic sedan.

Powertrain and Performance

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Bentley’s cars may be heavy and opulent, but a trait that is iconic in the brand is the exhilarating performance and massive engines present onboard. Both of them are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The smallest and more “economic” option is the V8 engine, a 4.0 L twin-turbo producing 500 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft at 1700 rpm. The performance is impressive for such a heavy and opulent supercar. It accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 183 mph.

The fastest engine is the colossal V12, that makes the Flying Spur 300 pounds heavier, but that doesn’t translate it into a slower car. The twin-turbo¬†6.0 L V12 produces 616 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 590 lb-ft of torque at 1700 rpm. The performance improved notably, accelerating the Flying Spur from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. That’s a serious power for such a heavy, luxury sedan.

Both experts and owners have reported that the V12 is obviously faster, but the V8 seems to be funnier and more entertaining to drive due to its lighter weight with better handling and dynamic, precise steering wheel. Also, in terms of fuel efficiency, the V8 is better (as expected) because it has a technology that shuts down some cylinders and transforms itself into a V4 for the driver’s convenience, saving even more money and cutting emission.

Design Line and Interior

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The Flying Spur is pure wealth and opulence. It has a stylish design recognizable to anyone and its shape and style is similar than all its brothers in the Bentley’s modern lineup.

The front fascia has the iconic rounded LED headlights and the huge chrome grille. The opulent shape is iconic and blows the whistle about the premium and upscale materials that are inside. The rear is also easily recognizable due to its peculiar stretched trunk and sexy taillights. Twin exhaust pipes in both sides are implemented to give a serious sensation of sportiness to this British car.

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Once you get into the cockpit, you get automatically a shocking sensation due to the attention to detail and luxury features equipped on the Flying Spur. It’s a flawless, royal interior. The whole cabin is incredibly simple but at the same time, releases a sensation of greatness. In terms of materials, is probably the best you can get in the market right now.

In terms of convenience items, the Flying Spur is equipped with dual-zone climate control, heated and electrically adjustable seats, navigation with satellite, and high-end stereo system all included in the basic price.

The Bottom Line

If the status of your bank account is not a problem, go ahead. The Flying Spur is a compelling option for a comfortable and luxury opulent car, with or without a chauffeur. The performance is something really tempting along with the swanky sedan.

Starting price at US$197.825.

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