Bentley's bold new Flying Spur has been redesigned from the ground up

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Unveiled As World’s Best “Luxury Grand Touring Sports Sedan”

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Unveiled As World’s Best “Luxury Grand Touring Sports Sedan”

After waiting for nearly two years since the reveal of the Continental GT, the third-generation Bentley Flying Spur is finally here. About the only thing that doesn't change is horsepower, with the 6.0-liter W12 putting out the same 626 horsepower as the top-level Flying Spur W 12 S trim of the second-generation sedan.

The same MSB architecture that serves the Continental GT and the Porsche Panamera has been called up for duty. Finally, the Flying Spur will come standard with rear-wheel steering-the first ever Bentley to be so equipped-to improve agility in tight corners and enhance stability through high-speed sweepers. Below it, the matrix can be had in black or bright chrome. A high-definition digital instrument binnacle sits behind the new steering wheel. Another trick is that the screen is set into a three-sided, rotating shape. The second side of the display has three customisable digital dials and the third side gets the wood veneer seen around the cabin.

Buyers can choose from an extensive list of Single and Dual Veneer wood options, while seating choices, in addition to 15 different leather hides, include both fluted leather seating and the distinctive Mulliner Driving Specification diamond quilting, as well as a world first in the form of three-dimensional diamond quilted leather door inserts.

Customers can also opt for a panoramic sunroof that runs the full length of the roof. From it, the Flying Spur gets 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque; 0-60 miles per hour arrives in 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is 207 miles per hour.

Since the vehicle will be so quiet, the sound system is a standard 10-speaker system that can be upgraded to a 16-speaker 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen setup; or a 19-speaker 2,200-watt Naim system with active bass transducers in the front seats. Hooked to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the power plant enables the 2020 Flying Spur to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (0-60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds) and top out at 333 km/h (207 mph). Various driver assistance systems are fitted to the new model as standard, including traffic assist, city assist and blind spot warning. The 207-mph top speed is available in sixth gear, seventh and eighth gears devoted to saving fuel at saner velocities.

Although the Flying Spur is all-wheel drive, the torque split is resolutely biased to the rear: Comfort and Normal modes allow a maximum of 38 percent of the torque to be sent to the front wheels, but selecting Sport mode caps that at 17 percent. The rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speeds, reducing the turning circle and making parking easier. A cosseting ride is ensured by three-champer air springs which contain 60 percent more air volume than before, while Continuous Damping Control allows for constant regulation of the shocks. A 48-volt system controls an adjustable anti-roll bar, so that it can change stiffness on demand. Brake-based torque vectoring manages transverse power.

Modern Bentley interiors have become a byword for extraordinarily rich combinations of color and materials, and the 2020 Flying Spur's interior is arguably the best yet.

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