2014 Bentley Flying Spur: Post-Continental
There are luxury sedans and there are luxury sedans. Only two automakers produce vehicles that fall into the latter category. One is Rolls-Royce, with its Phantom. The other is Bentley, and the new Flying Spur. If you'll note, the "Continental" has been ditched from the name, perhaps in an attempt to allow the Continental coupe to take its own course. Regardless, the Flying Spur is the height of motoring opulence. (Wow, they should have me write these brochures) At first glance, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur seems like a design evolution, but as is the way with a brand trying to evoke classic luxury, it is a modest exterior change over an underlying overhaul. According to Bentley, it will be the "fastest, most powerful" sedan that it has ever built. Ok, we can get with that. To do that, it will use a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12; the very same version from the Continental GT Speed. A W12 is essentially two Volkswagen VR6's, mated together. This engineering marvel produces 616 horsepower and 590 pound feet of torque. Power is sent through a ZF 8-speed automatic (also used by Audi), to all-wheel drive. This system works in unison to whisk the Flying Spur from zero to sixty in just 4.3 seconds– not bad for a car that weighs as much as a Panzer tank.
The Flying Spur will feature options such as in-car Wi-Fi, 1100-watt Naim Premium Audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system with a handheld touch screen remote. No word on when the Flying Spur will land in dealers, but when it does, it will fetch a base MSRP of $300,000. You better believe the many options will allow the price to shoot up from there. One-percenters, your chariot has arrived! PHOTOS: See more of the Bentley Flying Spur