The late night unveilings continue as Bentley has taken the wraps off the 2014 Flying Spur.
Designed to set a new benchmark in the "luxury performance" segment, the redesigned Flying Spur has an evolutionary design which borrows cues from the Continental GT and Mulsanne. As such, the sedan has a lower and wider appearance which is further enhanced by curvaceous surfaces and muscular rear haunches. Notable highlights include LED-infused headlights, ventilated front fenders, a more upright grille and 19- to 21-inch alloy wheels.
Underneath the svelte bodywork is a redesigned structure that has reinforced sections and deformational elements. Besides being stronger - torsional stiffness increases four percent to 36,500 Nm/degree - the model is 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter thanks to aluminum (hood and front fenders) and polymer composite (boot lid) components.
The cabin is virtually brand new as only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console / controls are carried over from the previous generation. As a result, the interior has over 600 new components including softer leather seats, wood trim (in one of seven "sophisticated" veneers) and an updated infotainment system with an eight-inch display.
As usual, rear passengers get top billing as the Multi-Media Specification adds Wi-Fi connectivity, a 64 GB hard drive, wireless headphones and two 10-inch displays.
To control all toys, Bentley offers a "Touch Screen Remote" that deploys from the rear center console at the push of a button. It allows rear seat passengers to easily control a variety of different systems including the climate control and infotainment systems as well as their own seat.
Customers can also order the Mulliner Driving Specification which adds diamond quilted seats, a leather headliner, alloy pedals, a knurled gear lever, a jewel filler cap and 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
At launch, the model will be available exclusively with a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 625 HP (460 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds) and hit a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). In terms of efficiency, the Flying Spur returns 14.7 L/100 km (19.2 mpg UK / 15 mpg US) and has CO2 emissions of 343 g/km.