The Bentley Continent Flying Spur is one of those vehicles that not only exude and establish class, but also marks its owner with a monumental achievement. It’s a far cry from the Mercedes S-Class, which although is a worthy investment, does not offer the same premise in terms of looks and the impression it makes on people. But how will this model test on the road and along difficult conditions? And what does the Bentley promise with this model and will it deliver?
The Bentley Flying Spur was released as part of the Volkswagen’s Crewe Mmarque rebranding. It uses the same basic features as its GT relative, such as a weighty steel chassis and air sprung suspension that’s the same as well with the Phaeton. Although it also shares the same wood and leather interior, the Flying Spur’s unique feature comes in its twin-turbo 6.0 litre W12. Plus this model ahs more room behind the front seats and two extra doors. In terms of its exterior design, the Flying Spur only stands out in its heavily tapered rear section and the bold mesh grille.
The interior exudes the same first impression as the outside: drivers and passengers will be treated to a gorgeous expanse of leather and wood. The barrage of control knobs and switches are made of a hard and brittle plastic, but its overall look gives you that awesome feeling of being on a 1960s British airliner flight deck. The seats are not just comfortable, but also electrically powered for recline and comfort adjustment. Plus each seat allows you to fix its climate control and the electric seat buttons according to your preferred heating and cooling. Space is also generous, particularly when the front passenger is moved forward. The rear passenger can easily adjust the space by accessing this from the control panel.
Expect the Flying Spur to excel in being a sporty car, as Bentley prioritised the low speed gliding forward smoothly but with a low murmur. But once you accelerate hard, drivers will be rewarded with that balanced noise of six-speed automatic gearbox changes that happen fluently and very quickly. Gears can also be changed manually using the long plastic paddles behind the steering wheel. Stability is another great asset of its performance, with high speeds handled with great poise. The 600bhp Flying Spur Speed engine is the engine for those that need a performance greater than the standard.
The Spur’s handling can be controlled with the five settings on the main control wheel at the dashboard. Choices range from comfort to sport, with the default setting in between these two modes. The default is the best setting as it is able to balance both ride comfort and body control; otherwise your vehicle will be experiencing a sticky control wheel when a road surface is driven over.
Unfortunately the Flying Spur is unable to handle low speeds over poor road conditions. Expect a sudden commotion inside if you hit a sunken manhole cover. The dampers included for extra comfort do little to remedy this problem.
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