Bentley Flying Spur

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Bentley Flying Spur

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show Bentley will present the new Flying Spur, the fastest four-door model in the brand’s history, featuring a new, more dynamic design.

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The design of the new Flying Spur combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporty stance and a number of contemporary details.

Bentley Flying Spur

Compared to the outgoing model the new Flying Spur has a more dynamic and fluid surface treatment, with a stretched, tapered rear section that visually lighten the overall volume.

The side view is characterized by sharp feature lines and muscular rear haunches, while LED day-time running lights, dipped headlights and taillights characterize the front and rear profiles.

Bentley Flying Spur

The luxurious, spacious cabin mixes advanced audio system and electronic technologies with hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers.

Bentley Flying Spur Interior

Powering the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s 6.0-liter, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to a ZF eight-speed transmission.

Developing 625 PS (616 bhp) and 800 Nm of torque, the new Flying Spur features more power than any other Bentley four-door in history. The 0-60 mph time is just 4.3 seconds and the top-speed is 200 mph (322 km/h).

From the official Press Release:

Exterior Design

An elegant direction is reflected by a lower, wider appearance with sharp lines and gently curvaceous surfaces. A lower roof line, deeply sculpted panels, precise feature lines and a muscular rear haunch give the Flying Spur a more aggressive stance and a powerfully dynamic profile.

Bentley Flying Spur

The front fenders feature a striking new wing vent complete with an elegant Bentley “B” motif. From here, an additional feature line forms a sharply defined edge running from the front wheel all the way to the rear bumper, underlining the shape’s dynamic character.

Bentley Flying Spur

At the front of the car, a more upright chrome grille sits between the pairs of jewel-like LED headlamps. Emphasizing the lower, wider stance, the outer lamps are the larger of the two. Beneath the front grille, the lower intake is now full width with no vertical divisions, but instead with a chromed horizontal accent that completes the dramatic face of the new Flying Spur.

Bentley Flying Spur

At the rear, a longer and lower trunk lid lends a more swept appearance to the side profile. Horizontal single ellipse LED tail lamps combine with a new interpretation of the Bentley “Horse Shoe” feature line, now running the full width of the car and encapsulating a graceful concave section.

Body Structure and materials

Designed to improve overall body stiffness and refinement whilst meeting stringent crash performance targets and pedestrian protection legislation, the new body structure includes reinforcement to the B-posts, sills and front cross-members together with deformable components in the floorpan for optimal load transfer. A deployable bonnet that includes both new reinforcement panels and deformation elements helps to improve pedestrian impact performance.

The hood and front fenders are constructed in aluminum, with the fenders shaped using the aerospace-industry superforming technique, employing compressed air to shape heated sheets of alloy into the required form at over 500°C. Exceptionally clean lines with sharp radii and lighter-weight components are the result, giving the new Flying Spur an unmistakably Bentley front end with extremely taut shut lines.

The new door structures are completely redesigned with fewer individual parts for improved quality and refinement. An optimization of the doors realized through efficient use of materials contributes to much improved door kinematics and feel. Meanwhile, further weight savings are achieved through the crafting of the bootlid in a polymer composite material that also integrates the main antennae for the car’s electronic systems.

The exterior design, manufacturing processes and carefully optimised materials selections combine to provide a bodyshell that is not only muscular and clean, with minimal shutlines, but also one that performs exceptionally well on the road.

With a torsional stiffness of 36,500 Nm/degree, a 4% increase over the previous generation Flying Spur, the new bodyshell provides an extremely rigid platform for the chassis components and a stable foundation for NVH reduction. The sleek shape also has outstanding aerodynamic properties for a large sedan, with an overall drag coefficient of just 0.29 and ensuing benefits to emissions performance.

Weight savings in the body structure and throughout the car mean that the new Flying Spur is 50 kg lighter than the first generation car, despite the additional refinement measures, enhanced technology specification and stronger structure.

Interior Design

The interior of the new Flying Spur includes 600 new parts, with only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console and controls carried over from the previous generation.

Available in both four- and five-seat configurations, the new Flying Spur features redesigned front and rear seats trimmed in natural leather. The new seats use a softer yet more durable hide unique to Bentley and available in twelve different colors.

For the four-seat variant, the centre console sweeps from the front to the rear cabin and introduces an additional storage area together with a beautifully crafted stowage case, trimmed in veneer to match the car.

Utilizing almost ten square meters of sustainably sourced natural wood per car, the Flying Spur features book-matched and mirror-polished veneer to the fascia panels, consoles, waistrails and picnic tables.

To enhance the “wrap-around” feel of the forward cabin, the veneer of the dashboard meets that of the doors in a perfectly aligned curve, giving the impression of an unbroken arc of wood around the interior.

Crafted entirely by hand, cured for 72 hours and clear-lacquered to enhance the natural beauty of the wood, a range of seven sophisticated veneers is available (two as standard – burr walnut or dark fiddleback eucalyptus).

The roof lining and pillars are also trimmed in natural leather. Layers of supple foam are applied to all tactile surfaces beneath the hide, harmonizing the touch and feel of all areas of the cabin.

Electrically-operated rear side blinds, fitted as standard, permit privacy for rear-seat passengers if desired.

Customers may also specify an optional glass sunroof at no additional cost.

The infotainment system features a touch-screen and mobile connectivity with Wi-Fi, a Rear Seat Entertainment suite and a new hand-held Touch Screen Remote for rear-cabin occupants.

Bentley Flying Spur – Dimensions

  • Wheelbase 3065 mm / 120.7 in
  • Overall length 5295 mm / 208.5 in
  • Width (across body) 1976 mm / 77.8 in
  • Width (inc. mirrors) 2208 mm / 86.9 in
  • Overall height 1488 mm / 58.6 in

(Source: Bentley)

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  1. glyphics1943

    A VolksWagen Phaeton by any other name …

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