Bentley is out to prove that they are still one of the most recognized names when it comes to opulence and outright British luxury.
After revealing several teaser images of its latest four-door luxury saloon, the Crewe-based automaker has officially taken the covers off the third-generation Flying Spur. Bigger, bolder, and chock-full of new technologies and amenities, the 2020 Flying Spur serves as Bentley's flagship four-door for the new age.
Starting off with it design, the all-new sedan borrows some styling cues from the Continental GT, as well as the Bentayga. Thanks to a long hood, short deck design, however, the four-door gives off a sporty vibe which is complemented by a huge set of 21-inch alloy wheels. To celebrate the brand's 100th anniversary, Bentley decided give the Flying Spur a 'Flying B' hood ornament which sits proudly up front.
Eye-catching LED headlights, along with the signature front grill, provide the sedan its unmistakable look when viewed up front. Meawnhile, the taillights have a B-shaped motif that highlight Bentley's key design features, as well as remind everyone at the back that this is indeed a Bentley.
The Flying Spur welcomes passengers with a handcrafted interior. Designed to be both modern and luxurious, the new luxury four-door still carries the signature 'Bentley Wing' design while incorporating new aesthetic themes. From fine wood veneer and trim pieces, to 15 different colors of leather hide for the seats and cabin trim, Bentley did not skimp on amenities for the 2020 Flying Spur.
Serving as the centerpiece inside the luxury sedan is a new rotating display which is an industry-first according to the Crewe-based brand. Upon startup, the center veneer rotates to reveal a 12.3-inch touchscreen that comes with three customizable tiles. The second side of the display, on the other hand, shows outside temperature, a compass, and even a chronometer.
Occupants at the back are treated to a removable touchscreen control that is neatly placed at the center console. It has access to a wide range of applications and in-car programs including the rear climate control, privacy blinds, massage function, as well as mood lighting.
Other neat touches present inside the Flying Spur are the: diamond knurling for the buttons / rotary switches, panoramic sunroof, walnut wood trim, heated and cooled seats, and exquisite metallic / aluminum accents.
Providing audio fidelity, on the other hand, are a choice of three sound systems. The standard features 10 speakers with 650 watts while the second one is a Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker, 1500 watt sound system. Finally, the last one is a Naim 19-speaker system with 2,200 watts of audio power and comes with eight sound modes.
Underneath its long hood, the all-new Flying Spur is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12. Like the Continental GT, it produces an impressive 635 PS along with a staggering 900 Nm of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission then sends all that power to the wheels. Despite tipping the scales at 2437 kg, Bentley's newest luxury saloon can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Top speed for the Flying Spur is rated at 333 km/h.
As mentioned before, the 2020 Flying Spur now benefits from all-wheel steering. That means the rear wheels now steer along with the front wheels for better cornering and overtaking manuevers. Coupled with an improved all-wheel drive system that only sends power to the front wheels when it detects slipping, Bentley claims that the new Flying Spur is their most agile to date.
Aside from that, Bentley also installed three-chamber air springs that can be electronically-adjusted to deliver a loftier ride, or tighter handling. In addition, the Flying Spur even comes a Dynamic Ride System which can change the stifness of the anti-roll bars, and Continous Damping Control (CDC) which regularly adjust the dampers while on the move.
Orders for the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur are now available, with deliveries set to begin in early 2020.