The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is getting a facelift, and this is rather soon because the car is only available since 2005. The four door saloon will get more power and look more aggresive thanks to the restyled front-grill and wider air-intakes in the bumper. The model-range will enlarge aswell. After introducing the Continental GT Speed the guys from Bentley now announced the Continental Flying Spur Speed.
This new baby gets a more powerful 6.0 liter W12 with 610 bhp and 750 Nm of torque, which let the Flying Spur Speed run up to 201 mph (322 kmh) maximumspeed and sprinting to 62 mph (100 kmh) in just 4.8 seconds. Not bad for a car that weighs 5380 pounds (2440 kg). Scroll down for the official spec and press release…
Update: The Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed will be introduced at the London Motor Show 2008 in July.
Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed
• The 2009 range builds on the success of Bentley’s class-leading Continental Flying Spur.
• The new Continental Flying Spur range is refined and expanded with two distinctive models.
• The 2009 Continental Flying Spur offers enhanced levels of refinement, comfort and choice.
• The new Continental Flying Spur Speed delivers a more powerful and engaging Bentley driving experience.
The new Bentley Continental Flying Spur is set to deliver even greater levels of refinement, comfort and opportunities for customer personalisation. The class-leading 12-cylinder luxury saloon will also be joined by the 600 bhp (610PS) Continental Flying Spur Speed. The most powerful 4-door car ever produced by the British manufacturer, the Flying Spur Speed offers the pure driving experience and uncompromising performance synonymous with all Bentleys bearing the Speed legend.
The Continental Flying Spur has been an extraordinary success story for Bentley since its launch in 2005. Its unrivalled combination of exciting performance, luxury, craftsmanship, style and four-door practicality has broadened the appeal of the Continental range. The Flying Spur has become the most successful 12-cylinder luxury saloon in the world and has played a pivotal role in the revitalisation of Bentley.
The instantly recognisable style of the Flying Spur unde rgoes a subtle evolution with changes to the front and rear design. The new, more upright grille and bolder lower air intake accentuate the distinctive Bentley profile, while the new rear bumper delivers a more aggressive and sleek appearance.
A comprehensive range of noise-absorbent measures including acoustic glazing, tri-laminate body undertrays and wheelarch liners ensure that cabin refinement, already a hallmark of the Continental Flying Spur, is best in class.
The new Flying Spur may now be specified with a sophisticated follow-to-stop, radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control system, which monitors traffic ahead and manages the throttle and brakes to maintain a pre-set time gap, up to a driver selected set speed.
As a further option, the new Naim for Bentley audio system provides the world’s best in-car sound stage. Designed exclusively for Bentley by Naim, the renowned British hi-fi manufacturer, the system features an 1100 Watt amplif ier, the most powerful unit offered in a production car, and 15 custom-built Naim speakers, including dual Naim sub-woofers. The next-generation Digital Signal Processor further enhances the listening experience.
The aluminium-intensive suspension of the Flying Spur features revised spring and dampers and a new bespoke 19-inch Pirelli UHP tyre for outstanding levels of ride quality, comfort and refinement.
Bentley’s commitment to the highest quality of craftsmanship and customer personalisation is highlighted with an enhanced choice of beautifully crafted wood marquetry and chrome inlays. In addition, seat piping, a traditional Bentley feature, is introduced on Flying Spur together with two new hide colours. Three new colours and four duo-tone paint combinations are added to the exterior paint palette.
The 600bhp Continental Flying Spur Speed unleashes the same potent performance and intense levels of driver engagement as its highly acclaimed stablema te, the Continental GT Speed.
Inspired by Bentley’s legendary ‘Speed’ models that first appeared in 1923, the Flying Spur Speed offers a range of headline performance figures including a 0-60mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 200mph.
A lowered ride height, uprated and redesigned suspension as well as retuned steering deliver outstanding agility and body control. Exceptional grip comes from the unique 9.5Jx20 multi-spoke alloy wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero UHP performance tyres.
The Flying Spur Speed is distinguished by subtle design cues which emphasise its performance credentials, including dark-tinted radiator and air intake grilles, wider rifled exhaust tail pipes and unique 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.
Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen explains the rationale behind the new range:
“The global success of the Continental Flying Spur has created a new generation of Bentley o wners. Responding to their feedback, we have refined an already remarkable car and with the debut of the Flying Spur Speed we are extending its appeal.