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Spied: Bentley Flying Spur begins real-body prototype testing

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AutoIndustriya.com / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | June 06, 2017 17:55

Bentley Flying Spur test mule gets rid of Porsche Panamera camouflage

Previously, our spies caught the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur donning an oddly proportioned Porsche Panamera body. Now, the upcoming Flying Spur has been spotted sporting real body prototype, but is extensively camouflaged to appear like its current generation counterpart albeit with odd proportions. Seems like Bentley is really trying to hide the next-generation Flying Spur.

Spied: Bentley Flying Spur begins real-body prototype testing

The next-generation Flying Spur is set to use the same MSB-F platform found on the current Porsche Panamera, hence the look of earlier test mules. However, given the Flying Spur is essentially a sedan version of Continental GT, expect their overall design, which is influenced by the Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 Concept, to be identical.

Taking a closer look at the spy shots, one can clearly that Bentley has gone great lengths to make it look like the current generation Flying Spur. Starting with the rear, the trunk now appears to be a bit wider and taller than previous. Meanwhile, the tail lights on the next-generation Flying Spur could feature a completely new design as the ones spied on the mule are covers. 

Spied: Bentley Flying Spur begins real-body prototype testing

Trying to take a look at the side profile is met with more camouflage. There are even oddly proportioned faux doors giving it a shorter look, despite the long wheelbase. Unsurprisingly, the front fascia is also heavily covered with parts from the current generation Flying Spur, with the headlights stickered on. There are now also circular vents below which appear to be intakes, but could also be changed once the production model is revealed.

Apart from sharing platforms with the Porsche Panamera, the Bentley Flying Spur is also expected to share engines. Hopefully however, the 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo would still remain in the line up. Our spies expect the debut of the Flying Spur is planned for late 2018 or early 2019.