Bentley unleashed pictures and specs on the all-new 2014 Bentley Flying Spur sedan, sans the “Continental” name. Why they removed Continental from the name, I don’t know? But I do know this is the replacement for the Continental and uses the same underpinnings. The car will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new Flying Spur looks similar to the car it replaces, but it’s a completely new exterior design and the front end will not be mistaken for anything other than a Bentley Continental, with the same 4-light headlight treatment, although the lights are now LED units.
The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur sedan features a more angular design, gone is the round and a bit bloated design of its predecessor. I think it looks pretty good, I definitely prefer it over the outgoing model. I especially like the LED taillights; they look like big TV screens.
At the heart of the all-new Flying Spur is a 6.0 liter twin-turbo 12-cylinder (W12) engine that pumps out 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet (800 Nm) of torque. The previous generation car’s engine produced “only” 552 ponies and 479 pound-feet of torque. But wait, there’s more… in addition to gaining power, the 2014 Flying Spur also loses a bit of weight, 50 kg (110 pounds) to be exact. The result of the power gain and weight loss is a 0 – 60 mph (96 km/h) time of an impressive 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph).
Other upgrades on the new car include a reworked suspension, new damper electronic control, and new ESC (Electronic Stability Control) settings.
The interior of the Bentley Flying Spur is luxurious, as expected. The seats, dashboard, door panels, and every other imaginable surface is covered with soft leather, and there is plenty of wood trim for the traditionalists. The car comes in two seating configurations, either 5-seats or 4-seats. Bentley also offers optional Multi-Media package that allows the occupants to connect their laptops and tablets to the car’s built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The package also comes with a pair of 10” LCD monitors for the rear passengers, and a 64 GB hard drive.
The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedan will go on sale in the summer of 2013 with an estimated starting price of around $300,000.