Where there’s a will, there’s a way. That’s what Bentley probably had in mind when it decided to spruce up the Flying Spur yet again for the new Design Series. Although spy shots have shown the folks from Crewe are hard at work preparing the next generation, they still found the time to give the outgoing model a refresh and we’re not even sure it’s the last one. As with most limited-run editions from Bentley, the new one is all about cosmetic embellishments.
Mulliner will be in charge of putting together the super luxurious Flying Spur in 100 examples, all destined to be offered with an array of five accent color splits both inside and out: Azure Purple, Pillar Box Red, Kingfisher, Mandarin, and White.
Whether you want this look on the V8, V8 S, W12, or the range-topping W12 S, you’re in luck as Bentley will sell the Design Series in all flour flavors. Go for the flagship and there are going to be some black accents here and there, including the six twin-spoke 21-inch wheels finished in glossy black.
But as with most Bentleys, the real magic happens inside where there’s “titanium-enriched” carbon on the fascia panel as well as on the waist rails. The British high-end marque says it represents an industry first and takes inspiration from the fascinating world of aviation. Other tweaks include bold accents throughout the cabin, as well as a colored 12 o’clock stripe on the steering wheel, and a piano black finish for the center console.
Rounding off the goodies are the bespoke treadplates available in one of the five aforementioned accent colors and adorned with illuminated “Mulliner” lettering.
If you would rather patiently wait for the all-new Flying Spur, it will likely come out at some point next year, following what will be the world premiere of the next-gen Continental GT presumably before the end of 2017.
Gallery: Bentley Flying Spur Design Series
FLYING SPUR DESIGN SERIES BY MULLINER: INSPIRED BY EXTRAORDINARY DESIGN
Design Series takes inspiration from the finest details: the flash of colour on a suit lining, or the vibrant stitching on a leather saddle
Sumptuous Mulliner interior features a rich palette of Designer’s Choice colour splits
Exquisite interior materials include carbon-fibre enriched with Titanium – a first in the automotive industry
(Crewe, 28 June 2017) Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of the new Flying Spur Design Series by Mulliner.
Comprising a selection of five interior and exterior accent colour splits – Mandarin, Pillar Box Red, White, Kingfisher and Azure Purple – this new limited edition delivers a unique and exclusive design take on Bentley’s luxury sedan, curated by Bentley’s personal commissioning division, Mulliner.
Only 100 examples of this exclusive limited edition will be produced by Mulliner. The Design Series is available across the four-car Flying Spur range – V8, W12, V8 S and W12 S.
The new Flying Spur Design Edition has been created by Mulliner for the Bentley driver who seeks a more extreme, bespoke interpretation of the performance-oriented sedan.
The new Flying Spur Design Series by Mulliner is characterised externally by bright-coloured fine lines contrasted with blackened brightware (W12 S only), to enhance the dynamic, performance-oriented nature of the Flying Spur.
Inside, the hallmarks of Mulliner – Bentley’s personal commissioning division – include fine leather detailing picked out in bold colours, new materials and technical precision.
Flying Spur Design Series: A Dynamic Purpose
The new Flying Spur Design Series takes its inspiration from the finest details: the flash of colour on a suit lining, or the vibrant stitching on a leather saddle.
The exterior of the Flying Spur Design Series is marked out by a bold, front-bumper design (V8 S and W12 S models only), a lower fine line and LED Welcome Lamps. The front bumper detail and the lower fine line, which runs along the doors to the rear, are highlighted with a striking colour accent. At night, the Welcome Lamps reflect the word ‘Mulliner’ on the ground.
The Flying Spur Design Series W12 S has the significant design additions of black brightware around the headlamps and grille, for a more dramatic appearance. The 21” Directional Sports Wheels are painted in Gloss Black, further enhancing the powerful, aggressive nature of the W12 S engine.
The sporting Flying Spur Design Series V8 S sits on 21” six twin-spoke wheels which have been black-machined to reflect the unrivalled dynamic character of the V8 engine.
The Mulliner Interior: Beauty Comes with Bespoke
Inside the Flying Spur Design Series, Mulliner has handcrafted a unique, luxurious space in which to travel.
The perforated hide on the leather seats reveals a vibrant secondary colour underneath, which echoes the bold colour accents throughout the limited-edition Flying Spur. The steering wheel also features a coloured 12 o’clock stripe. The hide on the seat bolsters, and on the door inserts, is exquisitely quilted by Mulliner.
There is a new, bespoke contrast colour split on the inside of the top roll and waist rail tops, creating a palette of three hide colours inside the luxury sedan. The centre console is finished in Piano Black.
In an automotive first, Mulliner has also showcased the technical precision and sporting prowess of Bentley with the use of Titanium-enriched carbon fibre on the waist rails and fascia panel. Previously, this highly technical finish was only used in the aviation industry. The treadplates are finished in one of the five accent colours and feature a ‘Mulliner’ illumination.