Bentley Continental Flying Spur
In 2003, Bentley ushered in a new age of motor cars, one that re-established independence from Rolls-Royce after a marriage of nearly three-quarters of a century. The first Bentley model to mark this split was the Continental GT. A sleek 2+2 grand touring coupe, the Continental GT abandoned V-8 power for a six-liter twin-turbo W-12. The new engine developed 552 bhp at 6,100 rpm and was mated to a ZF 6HP26 six-speed automatic transmission. A Torsen center differential allowed all-wheel drive. Electronic traction control and stability control were standard, as were Teves anti-lock disc brakes. A top speed of 198 mph and 0-60 acceleration of 4.7 seconds markedly bettered the previous Arnage model’s performance. For 2005 came the Continental Flying Spur, a four-door companion to the GT. The Flying Spur debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show and was launched in Europe and North America that summer. Motor Trend tested one by driving from Venice to Munich and found it surprisingly agile, roomy and very fast.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
552 bhp, 5,998 cc W-12 engine, six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive, air spring front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel anti-lock power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 120.7".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and Newell Coach Corporation