Bentley Flying Spur

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V8 Twin turbo charged

521 HP

Automatic

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If your idea of an entry-level car is one that costs as much as a starter home, observe the Flying Spur. Power comes from a spritely 500-hp V-8 or a stonking 616-hp W-12. Both engines are twin-turbocharged and can be had in S form, bumping the V-8’s output to 521 hp and the W-12’s to 626 hp. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are standard. The whole car is swathed in leather and built for effortless speed. If that’s not enough, consider the optional bespoke crystal champagne flutes.

The all-new Bentley Flying Spur made its debut as a 2014 model year, and ditches the “Continental” from its name. The exterior shape now has a lower and wider appearance, new wing vents in the front fenders, slightly flared rear fenders and a more sloping roofline. It gets 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, with optional 21-inch alloys wrapped in sportier tyres. Inside, the driver and passengers alike interface with the car and the outside world through touch-screen infotainment, mobile connectivity including Wi-Fi, a Rear Seat Entertainment suite and a new hand-held Touch Screen Remote which allows rear-cabin occupants to control an extensive range of features from the comfort of their seat. It gets an 8-channel, 8-speaker audio system. Powering the new Flying Spur is the same 6.0-litre, twin turbocharged W12 engine as the previous generation but with more power, coupled to a ZF 8-speed transmission. A new twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 has been added to the lineup as well later on. Power is delivered to the road via all-wheel drive with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split. The suspension has been made softer for the new Flying Spur for a more comfortable ride. A Mulliner Driving Specification is available which adds diamond-quilted seats, drilled alloy foot pedals, a sports shift lever, jeweled filler cap and unique 21-inch two-piece alloy rims.