Friday was a pretty good day. That was the day they delivered to me a Bentley Continental Flying Spur to drive over the weekend.
This is the newest model from the famed British marque, a luxurious 4-door sedan based on the Continental GT coupe. While not as sleek-looking as the coupe, the Flying Spur is still a beautiful car. And it should be given its price of around $175,000 – of course that’s somewhat inexpensive for a Bentley. The classic hand-built Arnage goes for well over $200k.
Inside the Flying Spur are very comfortable seats that are covered in soft leather and can be heated, cooled, and adjusted multiple ways. They even have seat massagers. Dark wood trim and brushed aluminum accents provide an elegant look. Rear seats have impressive legroom, and each seating position has its own climate control.
Equipped with "Keyless Go", the driver just keeps the key in his or her pocket. When you touch the door handle, it unlocks the car (touching the Bentley logo on the trunk activates the power trunk lid opener). Once inside, you put your foot on the brake and push the start button.
There’s something about the sound of 12 cylinders coming to life that makes me smile every time. And that’s what makes this car so special.
Under the hood is a 6.0-liter W12 engine with two turbochargers which puts out an impressive 552 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque at just 1600 rpm. All this power is pushed through a sophisticated all-wheel drive system.
According to Bentley, the Flying Spur will hit 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and has a top speed of 195 mph, making it the fastest production 4-door sedan in the world. I haven’t had it up to 195, but after feeling that accelleraion, there’s no doubt in my mind that it could hit those numbers.
And not only is it fast, but it handles amazingly well, especially for a car that weighs more than 2 1/2 tons.
Its a high price to pay for a car, and there are others for less that have similar performance and luxury, but they woudn’t say Bentley on them. And ultimately, its that exclusivity (and the 552 hp engine) that you’re paying for.