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    2013 Bentley GT Review
    There are three models of Continental for the Bentley fan to choose from. The Continental GT, which comes in coupe and convertible form. The Flying Spur is a 4-door Continental. The GT and Flying Spur have been given the Speed treatment, which increases horsepower and sport-tuned suspension. At the top of the line sits the Continental Supersports supercar, a car capable of running on gasoline, biofuel or any combination thereof. It gains a convertible variant in 2013 . All of the Continentals start with Bentley’s 6.0L W12 engine. In the base GT coupe and GTC convertible, it makes 567 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Flying Spur’s engine has the same capabilities as the GT, but with its heavier 4-door body, it’s a tad slower. In the Speed versions of these cars, the same engine makes 600 horsepower and 553 lb-feet of torque. The Supersports, however, has no problems with sluggishness, thanks to its 621 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. 

    Walkabout
    The Supersports deserves its own consideration, as it has a new Quickshift transmission that cuts shift times in half and allows double downshifts, plus a lower, sportier front suspension, continuous damping control, 20-inch Pirelli tires and the largest carbon ceramic brakes ever fitted to a production car. Even its central computer is programmed to make the most of the engine and driving assistance systems for the highest performance. Once you’ve decided on a body type and how fast you want to go, the standard features and options list for all models of the Bentley Continental are similar. Keep in mind, though, that Bentley offers near infinite customization of any model. But your basics include bi-xenon headlights with washers, LED taillights, heated power mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 19-inch wheels and your choice of 16 standard paint colors. The GTC models have a
    choice of five fabrics for the cloth top. The interior has paddle shifters, a start/stop button, burr walnut veneers, navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth, 4-zone climate control and 17 standard leather colors for the upholstery. Some models also come with standard park distance control, heated massaging rear seats and more. Options are really icing on the cake and include 20-inch wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, heated steering wheel, premium audio system designed for Bentley by Naim, iPod interface and adaptive cruise control. 

    Summary
    The GT offers a new 80-11 Edition package that includes 20-inch special alloy wheels, drilled pedals a unique black paint and special interior trim items including white stitching on the seats and floor mats. It will add $9,350 to the price of your Continental GT. The Supersports comes with lightweight sport seats with carbon fiber rear panels. The upholstery is still leather, with Alcantara for further weight reduction, but the wood veneers have been replaced in this model with carbon fiber panels. Even the rear seats have been removed and replaced with a carbon-fiber luggage shelf. The Supersports also has four exclusive paint colors, two pearlescent whites and two matte grays. All Continentals offer a dazzling array of exterior paints, seat trims and interior wood veneers, allowing unmatched customization potential.



  • 2010 Bentley Continental GT On Sale At Fleetrates.com MSRP $194,765 SALE $181,475 Call 888-861-8080

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    2010 Bentley Continental GT Review
    The 2010 Bentley Continental GT is fast and powerful. Its 552 horsepower and 479foot-pounds of torque is enough for this vehicle to reach 202 mph. The Gt can now use E85 gasoline, or any type of gasoline that uses a combination of gas and alcohol. A Quick shift ZF automatic six-speed transmission is new. This transmission will cut off the gas momentarily so that torque will be reduced and shifting occurs faster.

    Exterior
    The 2010 Bentley Continental GT is equipped with exterior features that you would expect from a vehicle that costs more than many peoples houses. The Continental GT comes with Bi-Xenon headlights with headlight washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 19-inch wheels. This Bentley is available in a wide variety of colors; if you do not like the available colors for the current year, you can purchase your Bentley in one of the colors from previous years, for an additional cost. In the back you will find the power opening and closing trunk.

    Interior
    Inside the 2010 Bentley Continental GT, drivers will find standard features like a trip computer, Sirius satellite radio, a gloveboard-mounted six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth compatibility with voice dialing, and DVD navigation. Both the front and rear seats have memory and are heated. Leather bucket seats come standard. The interior materials of this Bentley are all superior, with wood and leather being primarily used. Car reviews written on the Continental GT tend to agree that this is a well-made vehicle.

    Summary
    Bentley vehicles seem to belong in a class all of their own, and the2010 Bentley Continental GT is no exception. It is built to drive fast,but unlike Lamborghinis and Ferraris, which produce stripped down vehicles in order for their vehicles to go fast, the Continental GT does not give up on luxury. The Bentley may not be able to hit 60 mph from a stop in under three and a half seconds, but for a slight trade-off in acceleration, buyers are able to get a vehicle that is a lot more luxurious, and a lot more comfortable to ride in. Auto reviews find the Bentley Continental GT to be an alternative to hardcore sports cars;Forbes says that the Continental is a well-rounded alternative to similarly priced, hardcore exotic sports cars.

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    Base MSRP: $164,990
    Model Code: –
    Transmission: Automatic
    Doors: 4 Door
    Max Power: 552hp

    Available Options

    Interior Trim
    Sprtng gr lvr fnshd in knld chr and hid – $590
    Luxury trim alloy & leather on gearknob

    Non Coded Item
    Mulliner alloy fuel cap – $290
    Mulliner alloy fuel cap
    Deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming – $490
    Deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming

    Htd, sngle col,hde trmd mlti fnct strwhl – $440
    Leather covered heated multi-function steering wheel Single color [LRA2Z] Two-tone hide trmmd multi-func stewheel And [LRA2Z] Mulliner 4-spoke wood and hide strng whl
    Electric glass solar-panl tilt slde snrf – $990
    Glass electric tilting sliding front sunroof with sunshade Solar-tinted

    Upgraded veneer-Madrona – $1,490
    Upgraded veneer-Madrona
    Upgraded veneer-Birds Eye Maple – $1,490
    Upgraded veneer-Birds Eye Maple

    Aluminum fascia panels – $2,340
    Aluminum fascia panels [EIH5M] Upgraded veneer-Birds Eye Maple And [EIH5T] Upgraded veneer-Madrona
    Lambswool rugs – $740
    Lambswool rugs

    Two-tone hide trmmd multi-func stewheel – $490
    Leather covered heated multi-function steering wheel Two-tone [LRA2Z] Htd, sngle col,hde trmd mlti fnct strwhl And [LRA2Z] Mulliner 4-spoke wood and hide strng whl
    Full lnth rr cntr cnsle incld twn elc st – $7,190
    Full length rear center console

    Upgraded veneer-Piano Black – $1,490
    Upgraded veneer-Piano Black
    Premium Mulliner Veneer-Olive Ash – $2,840
    Premium Mulliner Veneer-Olive Ash

    Exterior paint color from Arnage range – $4,140
    Exterior paint color from Arnage range
    Premium Mulliner veneer-Vavona – $3,340
    Premium Mulliner veneer-Vavona

    Upgraded veneer-Dark Stained Burr Walnut – $1,490
    Upgraded veneer-Dark Stained Burr Walnut

    Other
    Drilled alloy sport foot pedals – $590
    Sports pedals
    Valet parking key – $240
    Valet lock [PACPA] Convenience pack And [PADPA] Convenience pack with privacy handset

    Roof
    Sunroof – $0
    Glass electric tilting sliding sunroof

    Steering
    Mulliner 4-spoke wood and hide strng whl – $1,340
    Wood & leather steering wheel [EIH5M] Upgraded veneer-Birds Eye Maple And [EIH5M] Premium Mulliner Veneer-Olive Ash And [EIH5T] Premium Mulliner veneer-Vavona And [LRA2Z] Two-tone hide trmmd multi-func stewheel And [LRA2Z] Htd, sngle col,hde trmd mlti fnct strwhl

    Wheels
    19 inch 8-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint – $2,440
    Front and rear alloy wheels with 19 inch rim diam [WH1WH] 19 inch 5-spoke alloy sports wheel-Chrom And [W56W5] 19 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint And [W54W5] 20 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint
    Space saver spare wheel in lieu of tire – $240
    Spacesaver spare wheel [PACPA] Convenience pack And [PADPA] Convenience pack with privacy handset

    19 inch 5-spoke alloy sports wheel-Chrom – $2,040
    Front and rear alloy chrome wheels with 19 inch rim diam [W56W5] 19 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint And [W54W5] 20 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint And [W52W5] 19 inch 8-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint
    19 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint – $1,490
    Front and rear alloy wheels with 19 inch rim diam [WH1WH] 19 inch 5-spoke alloy sports wheel-Chrom And [W54W5] 20 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint And [W52W5] 19 inch 8-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint

    20 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint – $3,440
    Front and rear alloy wheels with 20 inch rim diam [WH1WH] 19 inch 5-spoke alloy sports wheel-Chrom And [W56W5] 19 inch 7-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint And [W52W5] 19 inch 8-spoke alloy sports wheel-Paint

    Standard Features

    Exterior
    Body Exterior
    Body side molding
    Chrome/bright trim around side windows and on side of body
    Bumpers
    Body color front and rear bumpers
    Paint
    Metallic paint

    Interior
    Convenience
    Remote control remote trunk/hatch release
    Electric trunk/hatch pull down
    Remote fuel filler door release
    Memorized adjustment on door mirror position and steering wheel position with eight driver’s seat positions and eight passenger seat positions
    Cruise control
    Front seats cigar lighter
    Front ashtray
    Delayed/fade courtesy lights
    Front and rear reading lights
    Illuminated entry system
    Cargo area light
    Driver and passenger vanity mirror
    Parking distance sensors front and rear and radar
    Automatic door closing
    Navigational systems
    Smart card / smart key
    Interior Trim
    Luxury trim leather on gearknob, wood/woodgrain on doors and wood/woodgrain on dashboard
    Floor covering: carpet in load area
    Floor mats
    Seats
    Leather seat upholstery with additional leather
    Front seat center armrest
    Bucket heated electrically adjustable driver and passenger active/massage seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, thigh support, nine adjustments and tilt adjustment climate controlled
    Front facing heated rear seats lumbar adjustment
    Storage
    Lockable glove compartment
    Door pockets/bins for driver seat, passenger seat and rear seats
    Front seat back storage
    Front seats cup holders fixed
    Full dashboard console , full floor console with covered storage box , partial overhead console
    Ventilation
    Ventilation system with recirculation setting
    Passenger seat and rear seats secondary ventilation controls
    Air conditioning with climate control and rear outlet 4


    Electronics
    Audio
    Twelve speaker(s)
    Element antenna
    Audio system with Disc Autochanger and six-disc remote changer
    Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls
    Audio anti-theft protection: separate display and integrated in dash
    Instrumentation
    Dashboard
    Tachometer
    Door ajar warning
    Clock
    Low tire pressure indicator
    Lights
    Projector beam lens Bi-Xenon headlights
    Headlight control

    Safety
    Visibility
    Rear electric blind
    Automatic operation rear view mirror
    Driver and passenger power heated body color door mirrors with automatic and automatic operation indicator lights
    Electric foldable mirrors
    Fixed rear window with defogger
    Heat reflective glass
    Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor
    High pressure headlight cleaners
    Front and rear power windows
    Safety
    Front and rear roof airbag
    Driver front airbag , passenger front airbag with occupant sensors
    Front and rear side airbag
    Two height adjustable electric adjustable active head restraints on front seats , two height adjustable active head restraints on rear seats
    3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners
    3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side and passenger side with pre-tensioners


    Warranty and Fixed Charges
    Charges
    Charges: gas guzzler tax: 3,700
    Delivery charges: 2,595
    Warranty
    Full car warranty: duration (months): 36 or distance (miles): unlimited
    Powertrain warranty: duration (months): 36 or distance (miles): unlimited
    Road-side assistance warranty: duration (months): 36 or distance (miles): unlimited

    Technical Specifications

    Version
    Trim level:
    Four-door sedan body style
    Seating: five seats

    Engine
    5,998 cc 6 liters W 12 front engine with 84 mm bore, 90.2 mm stroke, 9 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder
    Two turbo compressor
    Emission control level LEV

    Engine Performance
    Power: 411 kW , 552 HP SAE @ 6,100 rpm; 479 ft lb , 650 Nm @ 1,600 rpm
    Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 22 and EPA city (mpg): 10

    Transmission
    Full-time 4×4-wheel drive automatic

    Center limited slip differential
    Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management
    Automatic six-speed transmission with lock-up, electronic control, manual mode and shift lever on column automatic with manual mode
    Stability control

    Wheels
    Front and rear tires with 275 mm tire width and 40% tire profile official brochure tyre size
    Front and rear alloy wheels with 19 inch rim diam, 9 inch rim width and partial wheel covers
    Spacesaver steel rim internal spare wheel

    Brakes
    Four disc brakes including four ventilated discs
    Four-wheel ABS
    Electronic brake distribution
    Brake assist system

    Steering
    Leather covered electrically adjustable multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
    Vehicle speed proportional power steering

    Fuel
    Multi-point injection fuel system
    Premium unleaded fuel 91
    23.8 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank

    Weights
    Weights: curb weight (lbs) 5,456

    Dimensions
    External dimensions: overall length (inches): 208.9, overall width (inches): 75.4, overall height (inches): 58.2, wheelbase (inches): 120.7, front track (inches): 63.9, rear track (inches): 63.3 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 38.7
    Internal dimensions: front leg room (inches): 41.5 and rear leg room (inches): 38.6
    Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 16.7

    Introduction
    There are luxury sedans, and then there are luxury sedans. For those consumers who have been through regular luxury sedan ownership (if owning a Jaguar XJ can be considered regular) and have subsequently achieved enough financial success that they are ready to move up, a new vehicle awaits: the 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. The price required for Continental Flying Spur ownership is about double that of a premium V8 luxury sedan, though still only half of that required for a Maybach 57. As the name sharing suggests, the four-door Flying Spur is similar to Bentley’s Continental GT coupe. The two cars utilize the same basic architecture, drivetrain and styling cues. In terms of size, the Flying Spur is about 20 inches longer than the GT. The additional length has been put to good use for providing the rear-seat occupants with ample room to stretch out. Bentley says it made an extra effort to minimize the Flying Spur’s weight increase; indeed, the car weighs only about 200 pounds more than the GT, although, at about 5,500 pounds, it’s never going to be considered a feisty sport sedan. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur does pack plenty of power, though. In line with the company’s performance-themed tradition, the Spur’s 552-horsepower, twin-turbo W12 can propel the car forward at rates similar to those of a BMW M3. In the higher ranges, the Flying Spur will leave most sports cars in the dust as it accelerates to its near 200-mph top speed. Braking distances and resistance to fade are equally impressive. Meanwhile, occupants are treated to a finely detailed interior and the latest luxury- and technology-oriented features. The Flying Spur is indeed a rare bird. Its performance is a step ahead most other ultrapremium luxury sedans, and it can actually be fun to drive. But this does come with a bit of compromise. In terms of pure luxury, ride quality and presence, it’s outclassed by vehicles like the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Those potential buyers willing to accept the trade-off will no doubt enjoy their purchase to the utmost.

    Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options
    The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a new, performance-oriented, ultraluxury sedan. Only one trim level is available. Standard equipment highlights include bi-HID headlights, adjustable suspension damping, 19-inch wheels, automatic door latching, four-zone automatic climate control, 16-way power front seats with three-position memory, DVD navigation, a premium audio system with a glovebox-mounted CD changer and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. A full-length center console is available as an option; when ordered, it reduces rear-seat capacity from three people to two. Other options include special 19- or 20-inch wheels and a wide range of customization choices for the exterior paint, leather upholstery and wood trim.

    Powertrains and Performance
    Powering the Flying Spur is a 6.0-liter, turbocharged W12. Peak output is 552 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque starting at a low 1,600 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. Steering-wheel-mounted paddles allow drivers to shift gears. In terms of acceleration, the Flying Spur can clear the quarter-mile in the low 13-second range. Top speed is officially stated at 195 mph.

    Safety
    To protect its occupants, the Continental Flying Spur is equipped with a full suite of safety equipment. There are side and side curtain airbags for front and rear outboard passengers. A passenger occupant sensing system in the rear seats automatically raises the rear headrests to ensure the best possible protection against whiplash injuries. Antilock brakes, traction control and stability control are also standard equipment.

    Interior Design and Special Features
    Entering the Flying Spur means being hit by a flood of premium leather that covers everything from the seats and door panels to the rear parcel shelf and headliner. That which isn’t leather appears to be wood — unbleached, unstained and mirror-matched (door-to-door) burled walnut, with other veneers available. When outfitted with the full-length center console, the two rear seats provide ample room but don’t offer some high-end features, such as rear-seat cooling. The Flying Spur’s trunk can hold 16.7 cubic feet of cargo.

    Driving Impressions
    The W12 engine sends the Flying Spur powerfully forward in any gear. Like a lot of big and stable sedans, the Spur doesn’t seem overtly fast; only a check of the speedometer or a glance at the scenery whizzing by will do that. The suspension is very effective at managing the car’s mass, and this is an ultraluxury sedan that can be fun to drive a bit aggressively. Huge brakes (almost 16 inches in diamater in front) provide fade- and fear-free stopping from any speed.

    What’s New
    The 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur is an all-new ultraluxury sedan.

    Pro
    Luxurious interior craftsmanship, powerful turbocharged W12 engine, respectable handling ability.

    Overview
    The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a grand car that recalls a heroic age, a throwback to a time when big sedans were more art than science. Yet the Flying Spur also adds performance, technology, and even utility to this formula, and the result is a car that is uniquely practical as well as uniquely beautiful.

    Beneath the Flying Spur’s dramatic sheetmetal, you’ll find the latest developments in automotive technology. A W12 engine incorporates twin turbochargers to produce some 552 horsepower. All-wheel drive delivers excellent traction in all kinds of weather. A sophisticated suspension with air springs and electronically controlled dampers produces extraordinary driving composure.

    Moreover, the Flying Spur is a car that’s meant to be driven. The driving experience is effortlessly intuitive, the performance is powerful yet controllable, and the interior is useful as well as comfortable. Compared to other prestige cars, the Flying Spur can be used on a daily basis just like a conventional sedan.

    The Bentley Continental Flying Spur belongs to a rarified group of automobiles that are signatures of wealth and style. Bentley and Roll-Royce have dominated this market for decades, but now German and Italian manufacturers have joined the game for reasons of both corporate image and national pride. When a British holding company sold off the long-time Bentley/Rolls-Royce concern in 1999 because investment funds for the future weren’t available, Volkswagen purchased Bentley while BMW bought Rolls-Royce. This event inspired a re-making of the whole prestige-car marketplace, as Mercedes-Benz invented Maybach, while Fiat decided to join the ga
    me with Maserati.

    Since its takeover by Volkswagen, Bentley has been conspicuously successful. Much of the reason has been the Continental model, which was greeted with wide acclaim when the two-door GT was introduced in 2003. The four-door Flying Spur enjoyed similar success when it was launched in 2005. Evidence of this success can be found in the U.S. market during 2005, where Bentley sold 2144 Continental GTs and 1217 Flying Spurs during the year. In the same time period, Rolls-Royce sold 382 Phantoms, while Maybach sold just 152 cars.

    It should be duly noted that price is a part of the Bentley Contintental’s appeal, for while the Flying Spur is twice the price of a Lexus, it is just half the price of a Rolls-Royce.

    This Bentley is an example of automotive art, yet it also illustrates the way in which prestige cars are becoming more affordable, practical and useful in response to ever-increasing sophistication from consumer-grade sedans built by Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.

    Model Lineup

    The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a four-door sedan, a companion to Bentley’s two-door Continental GT coupe and the forthcoming, two-door Continental GTC convertible. The Flying Spur is available as either a five-passenger model or a four-passenger model. Both are powered by a turbocharged, 6.0-liter W12 engine rated at 552 hp and both feature all-wheel drive.

    As you’d expect, the Continental Flying Spur’s list of available comfort and convenience items is extensive. Leather upholstery is standard equipment, and the power-adjustable front seats feature settings for both heating and cooling. The four-zone climate control system includes rear-seat controls. There’s an AM/FM stereo audio system with a CD player, and it can be tuned through controls integrated into the steering wheel. A connection to Sirius satellite radio is standard, as is a Bluetooth-compatible telephone connection. A satellite navigation system is also standard. There’s a power latching system for the trunk and all the doors. Keyless entry is included.

    Standard performance features begin with the turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 engine. It drives through a six-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled through either a conventional lever mounted on the center console or fingertip-actuated paddles that are mounted on the steering wheel. Full-time all-wheel drive with a torque-sensing center differential is standard. The suspension can be electronically tuned for comfort or performance with a knob that is mounted on the dash.

    The five-seat model of the Flying Spur has a rear bench seat that accommodates three and includes a pull-down center armrest that reveals lockable pass-through access to the trunk. The limousine-like four-passenger model features two, electronically adjustable, bucket-style seats that are separated by a console. Controls for the climate and audio systems as well as a connection for a rear-seat telephone are located on the console.

    Convenience and appearance options are limited only by the imagination of the customer and they include such things as rear-seat picnic tables that drop down from the back of the front seats. Our test car was equipped with more typical optional equipment, including a power sunroof ($990), deep-pile carpet floormats ($490), a gear lever finished in chrome and leather ($590), a steering wheel trimmed in two-tone leather ($490), and a valet parking key ($240). Our test car also carried a set of aluminum alloy wheels finished in chrome ($4240).

    Passive safety is provided by dual-stage front air bags, front-seat side-impact airbags designed to provide torso protection, and curtain-type air bags designed to provide head protection for both front- and outboard rear-seat passengers. Seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters are standard. There’s also a system that monitors the air pressure of the tires.

    Active safety measures begin with an electronic stability program (ESP) to help maintain vehicle control during emergency maneuvers. Antilock brakes (ABS) help enhance steering control during emergency stops. To optimize braking and shorten stopping distances, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) improves stability under braking, while Brake Assist maintains full braking force during a panic stop even if you inadvertently relax pressure on the brake pedal. Meanwhile, all-wheel drive also contributes to all-around driving safety.

    For 2007, the premium Mulliner model has been added to the Flying Spur line, an even more luxurious level of trim named for Bentley’s long-time supplier of custom coachwork. It’s most notable for the use of special diamond-quilted seat leather for the interior and 20-inch wheels with high-performance, 275/35YR-20 Yokohama Advan Sport tires for added driving performance.

    Walkaround
    Bentley traces its heritage to its thundering sports cars of the 1920s that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most famous endurance race, and the Flying Spur evokes the spirit of those heroic cars. Its stylized hood and front fenders, oversize headlights, and racing-style mesh grille are all inspired by classic themes.

    In profile, the short overhang between the Flying Spur’s front bumper and the front wheels emphasizes the prominent nose and very long hood, a traditional visual signature of a powerful automobile. Meanwhile, the long waist of the car appears deep and solid, a styling message of substance and gravitas.

    Because the Flying Spur has the ability to reach 195 mph, the bodywork is also functional. The elongated shape produces a measure of aerodynamic stability at extreme speed, while a slippery drag coefficient of 0.31 Cd minimizes speed-sapping turbulence as well as annoying wind noise. For further stability, a vestigial spoiler atop the trunk lid reduces aerodynamic lift, and the carefully shaped rear bumper helps extract air from underneath the car.

    The Flying Spur is imposing in size as well as style. It measures 208.9 inches (17.4 feet) from nose to tail, 83.4 inches from one outside mirror to another, and stands 58.2 inches tall. It also weighs 5456 pounds when it’s parked at the curb and ready to drive, about 800 pounds heavier than the big sedans from BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Even the standard 19-inch wheels are taller than those of conventional sedans.

    Beneath the sheet metal, the Flying Spur has the same fundamental architecture as the Audi A8L (both Audi and Bentley are wholly owned divisions of Volkswagen AG). The Flying Spur’s body and engine are actually built in Germany, but the final assembly takes place at Bentley’s long-time facility in Crewe, England.

    In terms of miscellaneous exterior features, the Flying Spur’s headlights incorporate external washer jets and bright bi-xenon gas bulbs, while the taillights feature quick-response LEDs. The double-paned side glass features special infra-red reflective coating to help keep the interior cool. The windshield wipers react automatically when raindrops are sensed.

    Interior Features

    The traditional character of English design comes through strongly in the Continental Flying Spur’s use of chrome, leather and wood. This is a rich and luxurious environment, yet there are no compromises in ergonomics and technology. As a result, this Bentley can be enjoyed for its functional utility as well as its comfort and style.

    Our test car’s steering wheel featured hand-stitched leather (a process that takes five hours), and it tilts and telescopes to accommodate drivers of different sizes. Controls for the audio system and trip computer are integrated into the wheel. The modern gauge cluster set within the instrument binnacle incorporates a small screen to alternately display information either from the audio system, navigational unit or trip computer. Elsewhere on the dash, the ventilation outlets are large bull’s-eye modules, a design that’s refreshingly intuitive to use and also in keeping with Bentley tradition.

    The centerpiece of the dash is the seven-inch video screen tha
    t displays both information from the satellite navigation system (which affords nationwide map information in a single DVD disk), and the audio system. Discrete piano keys alongside the screen determine the different functions, while a central knob is used as the input key. The system is easier to use than competing systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but fussier to use that similar systems offered by Acura and Lexus, both in terms of physical controls and internal computer logic.

    The premium audio system features 12 speakers, and the acoustic quality is excellent. But because the navigation computer takes up so much space in the central console, the six-disk CD changer is located in the glovebox, an ergonomic compromise often seen in modern cars with a surfeit of electronics.

    There are no ergonomic issues once you’re behind the wheel, however. The 16-way adjustable front seat puts you in just the right position, and the seating surfaces can be either warmed or cooled, a feature that keeps leather from feeling icy in the winter or sweaty in the summer. This seat also cradles you with firm, supportive bolsters. Both front seats incorporate a massage feature to relieve the fatigue of long-distance driving.

    If you select the optional two-passenger, limousine-style rear seat, the individually adjustable rear bucket seats afford first-class accommodations. There are climate and audio controls mounted in a center console between the rear seats, plus the electrically deployed privacy screens for the rear window and side glass, and it all adds up to the ambience of a business jet.

    Yet, just like a jet, there’s not quite as much room in the Flying Spur as you suppose. This car offers some 102 cubic feet of interior passenger volume, but this is an average of three cubic feet smaller in overall passenger volume than a BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS, or Mercedes S-Class. Front-seat legroom is generous, but the oversize Bentley front seats restrict rear-seat by a couple inches. On the other hand, the Flying Spur’s trunk is truly voluminous, some 16.7 cubic feet in all.

    Taken as a whole, the interior surroundings are gorgeous. Bentley uses no less than 11 cowhides to trim the interior, and it selects leather strictly from climes in northern Europe, where the animals are less likely to have been scarred by insect bites. Bentley is also unique in its use of natural unstained and unbleached wood veneers (a total of seven different veneers are available). As a result, everything you see is a delight and everything you touch is a pleasure.

    Driving Impressions

    The Bentley heritage is all about driving. Back in 1930, Bentley chief executive Woolf Barnato (whose family fortune came from diamond mines in South Africa), once raced his Bentley Speed Six sedan across France against the famous Blue Train, and won. In the early 1950s, the 120-mph Bentley Continental R became the fastest, most luxurious way to travel across Europe. Like these historic cars from Bentley’s past, the Continental Flying Spur is meant to make the same kind of active, high-performance statement.

    Bentley’s unique twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine makes this possible. Essentially this engine looks like two V6 engines mounted side-by-side and connected by a single crankshaft, and it has a natural balance that makes its vibrations almost undetectable. The engine starts with the push of a button, a design feature that Bentley brought back from motoring history and which has since been copied by many other car manufacturers. Once the engine comes to life, a specially tuned exhaust system gives it a delicious note of audible authority.

    Turbocharging helps the W12 produce some 552 horsepower, more than the engine of any other sedan except for the 604-hp, 6.5-liter, supercharged V8 in the $180,000 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. The Bentley W12 has enough power to accelerate even this incredibly heavy 5456-pound car to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, speed to 100 mph in 11.3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 195 mph.

    More important, this engine makes 479 pound-feet of torque at only 1600 rpm. As a result, the Flying Spur has the ability to move through medium-speed traffic with incredible directness, accelerating to 70 mph from 50 mph in only 2.6 seconds. The car calmly hurtles forward as if propelled by pure physical force.

    The car’s dual personality is reflected in the ZF-built six-speed transmission, which affords either conventional automatic shifting or manually selected gear changes through fingertip-actuated paddles mounted on the steering wheel. You can drive slowly and let the transmission do the thinking, or you can drive hard and determine the gear you need.

    On the open road, the Flying Spur delivers a reassuring feeling of stability. The long wheelbase, front-biased weight distribution (56 percent front/44 percent rear), and all-wheel drive combine to help the car track straight and true. Meanwhile, the Bentley’s prodigious 5456 pounds of weight help to smother any disturbing ride motions stirred up by small pavement imperfections. At higher speeds, the suspension’s air springs help the car absorb the deflection from larger inputs with a composed, naturally progressive action. The suspension dampers also can be electronically tuned to four different settings to vary the overall ride quality from cushy to controlled.

    At high speed, the light-effort, speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering has enough road feel to reassure the driver about his ability to control the car. At low speed, a turning circle of 38.7 feet delivers reasonable maneuverability. At any speed, the dual-pane glass ensures the drive is quiet.

    Despite its size, the Flying Spur is capable of enthusiastic driving, as its electronic safety net of stability enhancements helps to keep the car responsive to the brakes and steering. The proper emergency procedure in almost any circumstance is to stand on the brake pedal and then start steering, and the car itself will help you deal safely with the situation. When the stability system engages, its action is progressive and predictable, and it doesn’t panic the driver.

    While the Continental Flying Spur challenges the laws of physics with its performance on the road, there are some natural laws that can’t be circumvented, so it’s no surprise that the car’s fuel economy is rated at just 11 mpg on the EPA’s city cycle.

    Summary

    The Continental Flying Spur has the kind of visual grandeur long associated with Bentley, yet this car also functions with complete competence as a daily device for everyday travel. It is a commanding blend of style, technology and utility, a completely modern automobile. The Flying Spur’s price is equally commanding, yet it’s relatively affordable in its class, and this makes it a car of aspiration to a greater number of people than ever before. When the owners of big sedans from BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz go to sleep at night, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is the car they dream about.

    Model Line Overview

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    Model lineup: Bentley Continental Flying Spur ($164,990); Mulliner Edition
    Engines: turbocharged 6.0-liter DOHC 48-valve W12
    Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
    Safety equipment (standard): dual-stage front air bags, front side-impact air bags, roof-mounted side-impact curtain airbags for front- and rear-seat occupant head protection; seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters; tire pressure monitor; traction and stability control; anti-lock brakes (ABS); brake force distribution control (EBD); hydraulic brake assist (HBA); all-wheel drive
    Safety equipment (optional): none
    Basic warranty: 3 years/unlimited miles
    Assembled in: Crewe, England

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    Specifications As Tested

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    Model tested (MSRP): Bentley Continental Flying Spur 5
    -passenger ($164,990)
    Standard equipment: leather upholstery, 4-zone climate control, 16-way power adjustable driver- and front-passenger seats, power windows with one-touch operation, window privacy screens, cruise control, tilt- telescopic-adjustable steering wheel with integrated audio controls, 12-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with glovebox-mounted 6-disc CD changer, satellite radio system, Bluetooth-compatible hands-free phone system, DVD-based navigation, dash-mounted Breitling timepiece
    Options as tested (MSRP): valet parking key ($240), deep-pile carpet mats with leather trim ($490), two-tone leather-trimmed steering wheel ($490), gear lever with chrome and leather trim (($590), drilled-alloy sport foot pedals ($590), convenience communications pack ($890), tilt/slide glass sunroof ($990), Mulliner alloy fuel cap ($290), space-saver spare tire ($240), custom 19-inch wheels with chrome finish ($4240)
    Destination charge: ($2595)
    Gas guzzler tax: 3700
    Price as tested (MSRP): $180,285
    Layout: all-wheel drive
    Engine: turbocharged 6.0-liter DOHC 48-valve W12
    Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 552 @ 6100
    Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 479 @ 1600
    Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode
    EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 11/18 mpg
    Wheelbase: 120.7 in.
    Length/width/height: 208.9/83.4/58.2 in.
    Track, f/r: 63.9/63.3 in.
    Turning circle: 38.7 ft.
    Seating capacity: 5
    Head/hip/leg room, f: 36.8/NA/41.5 in.
    Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
    Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.8/NA/38.6 in.
    Cargo volume: 16.7 cu. ft.
    Payload: N/A
    Towing capacity: N/A
    Suspension, f: independent, fully pneumatic
    Suspension, r: independent, fully pneumatic
    Ground clearance: 6.0 in.
    Curb weight: 5456 lbs.
    Tires: P275/40YR19
    Brakes, f/r: vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
    Fuel capacity: 23.8 gal.