Not that much has changed from a design standpoint, though, as the luxury sedan looks more like an evolution of its predecessor than an all-new model. Nevertheless, a closer look reveals that the new Flying Spur is cut from the same cloth as the latest Continental GT with which it shares the platform and underpinnings.
Bentley describes it as “the world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan,” as if it wants to cover all the bases by using this description.
The most technologically-advanced Flying Spur ever made
As with its predecessors, the 2020 Flying Spur is said to combine limousine luxury and sports sedan performance while adopting “cutting-edge customer-focused technology” — starting with its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis as well as 48-volt active anti-roll bars.
For example, it features Electronic All-Wheel Steering for the first time on a Bentley, combined with Active All-Wheel Drive and Bentley Dynamic Ride for “phenomenal handling and ride.” The new air suspension with three-chamber air springs is said to allow a much greater range of adjustment between limousine-style ride comfort and sporting levels of body control.
Thanks to all these systems, Bentley is adamant that the new Flying Spur delivers “a driving experience of extraordinary breadth and capability not seen in this segment before.” The luxury sedan also features an array of new driver assistance systems as standard, including Traffic Assist, City Assist, and Blind Spot Warning.
The range-topping model is powered by the well-known 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that makes 635 PS (626 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. 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 mph in 3.7 seconds) and top out at 333 km/h (207 mph).
Bentley says the weight distribution is improved thanks to the more forward front axle position, enabling better precision, handling, and balance. The new clutched Active All-Wheel Drive system can deliver two-wheel drive to the rear axle as well as send torque to the front axle when road conditions and wheel slip require it. According to the automaker, the understeer effect experienced with fixed all-wheel drive “is virtually eliminated.”
5.1-inch longer wheelbase has a profound effect on interior space, driving refinement, and exterior design
A significant difference compared to its predecessor is the 130 mm (5.1 inches) longer wheelbase which allows the Flying Spur to offer a spacious and luxurious cabin as well as “peerless comfort and refinement.”
The dashboard is largely carried over from the Conti GT, including the unique rotating center console with a choice of a 12.3-inch digital touchscreen, analog dials or digital detoxifying veneer. Modern touches also include the HD digital instrument panel display, remote control touch screen for rear passengers, and panoramic glass sunroof stretching the full length of the roof.
Obviously, a wide selection of Single and Dual Veneer wood options is available, along with Bentley’s new fluted leather seating with 15 hides to choose from and the unique Mulliner Driving Specification diamond quilting on the seats. The 2020 Flying Spur also introduces a world-first: the three-dimensional diamond quilted leather door inserts.
The longer wheelbase also has an impact on the exterior design, with the new Flying Spur now appearing more stately and muscular at the same time. Design highlights include the flared haunches, new 21-inch wheels, cut-crystal effect LED matrix headlights with chrome sleeves, and new LED taillamps with “B” signature. As a testimony of the modern Flying Spur’s progress, it gains access to a retractable and illuminated “Flying B” hood ornament for the first time.
The new Bentley Flying Spur is available to order from this autumn, with deliveries starting in early 2020.