For the past several years, Bentley has poured almost all its attention and time towards the Continental GT and their first-ever SUV, the Bentayga. Serving as their very best when it comes to grand tourers and high-riding luxury, the Crewe-based luxury marque is also gearing up for the reveal of their latest four-door.
After teasing its shadowy silhouette (and new hood ornament) two months ago, Bentley will officially be unveiling the next-generation Flying Spur. Upon its global debut, the new Flying Spur will mark the company's 100th anniversary and is set to become Bentley's most powerful four-door luxury saloon.
Based on the new images provided, the third-gen Flying Spur appears to have the same aesthetic design as the Continental GT and Bentayga. It features circular headlights, a sporty front bumper, as well as a long hood. But like all Flying Spurs from before, the new one will still sport the signature front grill that has become synonymous to the nameplate.
But perhaps the most important upgrade the all-new Flying Spur will receive is that it will have all-wheel steering. During high-speed cornering or manuevering, the rear wheels will steer in the same direction as the front wheels. Paired with an improved all-wheel drive system, Bentley claims that overtaking and making lane-changes will now be safer and more assured.
Speaking of its all-wheel drive system, Bentley has updated the system to deliver its power to the rear wheels in standard road conditions. If any slip is detected, the system will automatically send power to the front wheels for better traction and grip. In addition, the Dynamic Ride System has been tweaked as well to improve handling and ride comfort. It can now change suspension stifness on demand in order to lessen body roll.
Engine options for the all-new Flying Spur remain to be seen. However, we won't be surprised if it will have the same powertrain lineup as the Continental GT. That means the Flying Spur may also benefit from a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 that cranks out over 600 PS and 900 Nm of torque. A new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission could also be the gearbox of choice for the all-new four-door luxury sedan.
Besides having a twelve-cylinder under the hood, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version could also be available. Based on previous spy photos, the PHEV Flying Spur could be based off the Porsche Panamera which uses a 3.0-liter turbo V6 with an electric motor. Should it get a PHEV variant, we can expect it to produce well over 460 PS along with 700 Nm of torque.