For an illustrious and storied brand like Bentley Motors, it seems they're not really wanting for attention. But at the end of the day, it's all about sales. And they have their fair share of competition from the likes of Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, and even Ferrari and Porsche. They've had to take a hard look at their Flying Spur premium luxury sedan, which needs help. Despite the fact that it's handsome, it's just not garnering the kind of sales the brand wants.
Even with a better looking, better driving model currently than the one from ten years ago, it's still not selling especially well. It actually kind of disappears in the shadow of the flagship Mulsanne. So, Bentley has decided to build a brand new Flying Spur, and it will be unveiled on June 11th, celebrating the brand's 100th year. By the looks of it in the teaser video below, the new Flying Spur is going to get quite a bit of attention.
The new car will borrow its 2-door brother Continental GT’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 that's good for 625 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. After launch, the brand will introduce a less powerful V8 version (as they usually do), a 4.0-liter twin-turbo mill that will probably make about 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque and later a 2.9-liter V6 plug-in hybrid. There are no estimates for that engine, but don't fear. Bentley certainly won't give it anything remotely underpowered. The W12 and V8 are essentially the same in output as the current Flying Spur S models, so we expect to see higher output versions somewhere down the line, as well.
Test runs of the new Flying Spur have apparently been better than expected with speeds approaching 225 mph, well above the 200 mph target by the brand. Furthermore, a new feature will be added to the mix in the form of all-wheel steering. It will provide the big sedan with an additional dose of maneuverability. Don't get us wrong. The Flying Spur will likely be a heavy car (the current model is well over 5,000 lbs in any trim), but Bentley will still be able to squeeze out some serious performance from it, as well as improved handling capability.
Buyers who have been flocking to Mercedes-Benz (S Class), Aston Martin (Rapide S), and Rolls Royce (Ghost) just might be drawn to the new Flying Spurs more aggressive looks, improved performance, and the fact that it will be the newest redesign in the segment. Of course, the levels of luxury outdo both Aston Martin and Mercedes, something all Bentley customers expect. They go toe-to-toe with Rolls Royce, and every Bentley can be customized for those with even deeper pockets.
The new steering system will work in conjunction with the car's all-wheel drive system that can also route all power to the rear wheels during normal operation, giving the Flying Spur the rear-wheel drive feel that thrills driving enthusiasts everywhere. Once the system detects wheel slippage, it can route power to the front for added traction (and safety). The model will also benefit from what's known as Bentley Dynamic Ride that alters suspension setting in order to keep body roll in check. The end result with all three systems working together is composure not before seen on the model.
No pricing has been announced, but we're guessing a lot more detail will be provided when the model is fully unveiled in a week.