The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Is New From The Ground Up And Way More Luxurious

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3D-effect quilted door cards as seen in these official shots." data-reactid="104">It's no surprise to find that the cabin is big on both tradition and technology. Bentley has been doing wood and leather for longer than anyone, and we would have been shocked not to find both materials featuring heavily in the cockpit. Much of the core architecture is obviously shared with the Continental, but the design of the center console is new and incorporates horizontal air vents. Available is the Continental's rotating central dashboard panel that rotates between a wooden panel, the 12.3-inch touchscreen, or a trio of analogue dials. There's real bronze details on the clock and some of the switches, and more components now have a diamond-knurled finish. Trim options include double-veneer two-tone wood and quilted leather seats with 3D-effect quilted door cards as seen in these official shots.

While the old Flying Spur wasn't short on rear seat accommodation, this one will be roomier, with Bentley saying that the entire wheelbase extension has translated into extra legroom for those in the back. Although there are only two full-size seats in the rear, there is a central seatbelt and a pop-up headrest to allow an extra passenger to perch in the gap between them in considerably less comfort. The seats are heated, ventilated, can give massages, and have adjustable bolstering, and the rear cabin gets its own touchscreen system. A full-length panoramic sunroof is also available, with retractable Alcantara blinds that match the color of the headliner.

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The generational shift to the new platform has allowed for much more technology, including a battery of driver-assist features like blind-spot warning, night vision, and a surround-view camera to make maneuvering easier. Also on the table are three different audio systems including a mega 19-speaker Naim setup, configurable interior mood lighting, and a head-up display. If one would like even more luxury, Bentley's Mulliner division has a range of unique color, trim, and personalization options such as different wheel designs and open-pore wood door cards.

The Flying Spur is being launched with one familiar powerplant, the twin-turbocharged W-12 that the company has been using since the Continental GT was launched in 2003. In its most recent guise, as already seen in the Bentayga and Continental GT, the W-12 now has both port and direct injection and produces 626 horsepower and a monstrous 664 lb-ft of torque. Bentley claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.7 seconds-not bad considering the 5370-pound Euro-spec weight-and a top speed of 207 mph. Although unconfirmed by the company, we can safely predict that the more economical V-8 engine will find its way into the Flying Spur later, and we also believe that the V-6 plug-in hybrid that has recently been launched in the Bentayga will make the transition as well.

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the Porsche Panamera (which is platform buddies with the Spur), and it has been tuned to deliver refinement appropriate for a Bentley. Given the BMW M5 now has a torque converter it seems like an interesting and maybe counter-intuitive move. Top speed is reached in sixth gear; seventh and eighth are both economy-boosting overdrives." data-reactid="148">As with the Continental GT, the sedan's W-12 now sends its effort to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission rather than a torque-converter auto as the old car did. This is the same ZF unit fitted to the Porsche Panamera (which is platform buddies with the Spur), and it has been tuned to deliver refinement appropriate for a Bentley. Given the BMW M5 now has a torque converter it seems like an interesting and maybe counter-intuitive move. Top speed is reached in sixth gear; seventh and eighth are both economy-boosting overdrives.

The transmission sends torque to all four corners through a new all-wheel-drive system that uses an electronically controlled clutch pack to divert torque to the front axle as required; in standard driving, the car runs as a pure rear-driver. Torque split is varied according to different driving modes, sending up to 354 lb-ft to the front wheels normally but only 207 lb-ft in Sport mode.

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Rear-wheel steering is new and a first for Bentley, with the system being controlled electronically. The suspension uses air springs with 60 percent more volume than the previous model and has four sensors that constantly are controlling the dampers. Like the Bentayga and Continental, there is also an active anti-roll system using a 48-volt actuator to stiffen the sway bars under load. Bentley also claims the 16.5-inch front brake discs are the largest iron rotors ever fitted to a passenger car.

We're told that the Flying Spur will be available to order later this year with deliveries beginning early in 2020. There's no word on price yet, but be surprised if it doesn't command an sizable increase on the outgoing model, which started at just under $230K with the W-12. For the target clientele that is unlikely to be a problem.

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