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Old 31st May 2019, 11:24   #1
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Launched in 2005 and updated in 2013, the Bentley Flying Spur is a little long in the tooth. As a result, the British firm has already begun testing the next-generation model.

The new Flying Spur will bring major improvements to the nameplate. The most imporant being the MSB-F platform, which already made its debut in the new Porsche Panamera. The redesign will also sport the new Bentley styling language, a more luxurious interior and give the sedan more powertrain options.

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A teaser sketch showed the outline of the Flying Spur's profile giving us a good hint of what's to come. Depicted in the sketch are a long hood and a sweeping roofline that leads the eye to a chunky C-pillar. We also know that a delightful new hood ornament raises the flying B badge at the front of the hood. A teaser video hints that the ornament will have illuminated wings.

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Another teaser showed a door panel sporting a new three dimensional surface for the leather trim. Bentley calls the trim style a world-first in the automotive sector.

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In the the latest video released by Bentley, the car sports an absolutely delicious soundtrack rarely seen in this segment.

From the photos and video we can see nearly the entire car, save for a couple of styling bits that are still covered up. At the front, the new Flying Spur has a massive rectangular grille and large lower intakes that span the entire bumper. The headlights are covered by stickers, but they should be similar in style to the CGT.

There's the signature Bentley crease on the beltline that extends all the way to the headlights from the middle of the rear door, with another crease starting just above the rear door handle and curving up over the rear fender.

A camo panel looks to cover up a fender vent that will likely not be functional. The Spur's rectangular taillights are also covered by a sticker, but we can see the B-shaped pattern of the LED lights that are like the ones on the Bentayga SUV. The trunklid is pretty squared off and stands a bit tall from the rest of the body, and the license plate has been moved down into the bumper.

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In a first for Bentley, the Flying Spur will have rear-wheel steering. Like every other modern Bentley, the Spur will have all-wheel drive as standard, and like the Continental GT, the system operates as a rear-drive car under normal conditions. But if slip is detected and more grip is needed, the variable system can send torque to the front wheels as needed. The Continental GT will send up to 38 percent of its torque up front, so the Flying Spur should be similar.

Also coming to the new Flying Spur is Bentley's Dynamic Ride active anti-roll-bar system, powered by a 48-volt electrical system. Sharing its new platform with the Continental GT, the Flying Spur will also have air suspension and adaptive dampers as standard. Bentley says the Spur will have "unparalleled agility" in its segment and that it will "set new standards of driving enjoyment."

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The new Flying Spur will share some engines with the Panamera, which makes sense given the Volkswagen Groupís current strategy. The most likely candidate for the Flying Spur is the revised 4.0-liter V-8 offered in the Panamera Turbo.

The twin-turbo unit cranks out 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque and it could make it into the Bentley with minor changes. For reference, the current 4.0-liter V-8 pumps 521 horses and 502 pound-feet in the Flying Spur V8 S.

Itís not yet clear whether or not Bentley will get the 2.9-liter V-6, but if it does, it will generate around 450 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque in the base Flying Spur.

Now that Bentley has already launched its first-ever diesel model in the Bentayga, the Flying Spur could also get an oil burner. Naturally, the sedan will share the 4.0-liter V-8 with the SUV, which currently benefits from 429 horses and 664 pound-feet.

The W-12 engine will likely continue to be an option, but the current unit will be replaced by the redesigned engine that debuted in the Bentayga and then found its way into the new Continental GT. Also displacing six liters and using two turbochargers, the W-12 cranks out a massive 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque in the SUV, and 626 horses in the coupe. Any of these configurations should push the four-door from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and toward a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

It could also get the Panameraís hybrid drivetrain. The combo pairs a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery and delivers 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist. It can also travel for 31 miles on electric power alone.

Bentley says the new Flying Spur will debut on June 11. Competitors include the Rolls Royce Ghost which is also set for a refresh and Mercedes-Maybach S models.

Some spy shots of the car.

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First impressions - This car looks good. It looks like it will share its design language with the Continental GT.

I am surprised to read that this is the first Bentley car to rear-wheel steering. Most of these cars are chauffeur driven and I am sure that the Flying Spur will equal or better its rivals in luxury. Would have expected the Continental GT to get rear-wheel steering first.

Along with the W12, V8 and hybrid engine options mentioned, is there a chance of a diesel engine from the Bentayga being offered?
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Globally revealed : 3rd generation Bentley Flying Spur

  • The Flying Spur is available with a 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged engine with a 48V mild-hybrid setup.
  • This is the first Bentley to feature all-wheel drive and steering.
  • Gets plenty of driver assist systems like night vision camera, city assist and blind-spot warning.
  • The car is expected to be launched in India by the first quarter of 2020 and could be priced close to Rs 3.5 crore (Ex-showroom).

For more details - Link

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