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(from Bentley Press
Release) 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
The 2009 range
builds on the success of Bentley’s class-leading Continental
The new Continental
Flying Spur range is refined and expanded with two distinctive
The 2009 Continental
Flying Spur offers enhanced levels of refinement, comfort and
THE NEW 2009 CONTINENTAL FLYING
With typical Bentley
understatement the styling of the new Continental Flying Spur is
both evolutionary and subtly effective. At the front, the new bright
chrome radiator grille, now more vertical, has a more pronounced
square edge, accentuating the distinctive Bentley profile.
Beneath the grille, the new lower bumper features a wider, bolder
central air intake. The black matrix grille also provides a 14
percent increase in airflow for the more powerful Speed version and
the charge cooler intakes are positioned on the corners.
The lower grilles may also be specified in bright chrome to
complement that of the main radiator. Chromed bezels around the
headlamps complement the new frontal design.
At the rear, the new
bumper with black lower valance and wraparound chrome trims make for
a more slender appearance that is complemented by new chromed tail
lamp bezels. Director of Design, Dirk van Braeckel explains the
“The Flying Spur is instantly recognisable on the road and we were
keen to retain its individuality. The subtle styling changes have
given the car a fresh look at the front and sleeker, more balanced
appearance at the rear.”
Enhanced cabin refinement
Since its launch in
2005, the Continental Flying Spur model has achieved a well-deserved
reputation for outstanding cabin refinement. For the new model
range, the Bentley engineering team were tasked to build on this
success and create a unique cabin ambience with best in class
refinement and comfort.
Key to that improvement is a comprehensive package of enhancements
to the Flying Spur’s already impressive acoustic suppression
technology. The complex double-glazed windows, a standard feature
since launch, now feature a sophisticated acoustic laminate inner
layer for all side and rear windows. In addition, new tri-laminate
acoustic underbody trays and wheel arch liners absorb road noise.
A redesigned exhaust system provides greater refinement while
maintaining the sporty, baritone character of the exhaust note.
Overall, these changes deliver a substantial improvement in cabin
Bentley’s Head of Body and Trim Engineering, Peter Guest, explains
the effect of this acoustic management:
“We are immensely proud that the cabin refinement of the new Flying
Spur is best-in-class. While achieving superb levels of noise
insulation, the sporting character and sense of connection with the
road is undiminished.”
Enhanced driving dynamics and ride
At the heart of the
Continental Flying Spur is Bentley’s 6-litre, twin turbocharged W12
engine, the most compact 12-cylinder engine in production. The
48-valve head employs four camshafts and continually variable valve
timing. Power is transmitted via an uprated ZF six-speed automatic
The W12 engine continues to produce 552bhp (560PS/412kW) at 6100
rev/min and a maximum torque of 650Nm (479lb ft) from 1600 rev/min
across virtually the entire rev range.
In common with all Continental models, the Flying Spur employs a
complex four-link suspension at the front and a trapezoidal
multi-link system at the rear.
Much of the suspension is made from lightweight aluminium,
benefiting steering feel and rolling comfort. Self-levelling air
springs are standard, constantly monitoring and adjusting the ride
height and damping according to road conditions.
Outstanding levels of ride quality and comfort were the target for
the new Continental Flying Spur and to achieve this, Bentley
engineers have recalibrated both spring and damper settings and
introduced a new bespoke 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero UHP tyre.
Using the same technology as the 20-inch performance tyre introduced
on the 2008 Continental GT Speed, the 19-inch version is specially
developed to optimise ride comfort and noise suppression, while
providing outstanding grip and agility.
The hydraulics of the speed-sensitive Servotronic rack and pinion
steering system have been retuned to reduce friction and improve
steering feel and driver feedback.
The uprated advanced electronic stability control (ESP) 8.1 system
has a new ‘Sport Traction’ mode that moderates ESP intervention at
low speeds whilst providing a greater degree of driver interaction
and control, offering superb traction without being intrusive.
Both Flying Spur models can now be specified with Bentley Adaptive
Cruise Control (ACC).
As with conventional cruise control, ACC will maintain, within close
limits, a ‘set speed’ as selected by the driver. In addition, ACC
uses a long-range radar sensor, mounted in the lower front grille,
to monitor the road ahead for other vehicles. When a slower moving
vehicle is detected, the system automatically adjusts braking and
acceleration to maintain a ‘time gap’, as selected by the driver.
The ‘time gap’ also controls the vehicle dynamic response. The
larger the time gap the more relaxed the acceleration and braking,
allowing the driver to tune the ACC system to suit their own driving
style and traffic conditions.
All Flying Spur models are equipped with the largest brakes of any
production passenger car on sale today, with 405mm x 36mm ventilated
front discs and 335mm x 22mm rears.
Bentley’s carbon/silicon carbide brakes (CCB) are offered for the
first time as an option on Continental Flying Spur. With even larger
20mm x 40mm cross-drilled front discs and 356 x 28mm rears, with
eight-piston callipers, they may only be specified with 20-inch
The lightweight, fade-resistant braking system minimises disc
distortion under high thermal conditions. Under normal driving
conditions the brake discs will last the lifetime of the car and
brake pad life is doubled compared with the standard system. A 20kg
reduction in rotating and unsprung mass also benefits steering
response and handling.
Brian Gush, Director, Chassis and Powertrain Engineering, comments:
“True to the Bentley tradition, the Flying Spur delivers effortless
power while significant advancements in ride quality and comfort
further emphasise its deserved reputation for world-class luxury.
The new Speed model exemplifies our passion for creating cars that
deliver truly exceptional performance and driving enjoyment.”
Enhanced cabin comfort and
The 2009 the Continental
Flying Spur is the first model to feature the new Naim for Bentley
audio system to create the world’s best in-car sound stage.
Designed exclusively for Bentley by Naim, the renowned British hi-fi
manufacturer, it features an 1100 Watt amplifier – the world’s most
powerful production unit fitted in a car – and 15 speakers. The
speaker drive units are specifically tailored by Naim to the cabin
of each model in the Bentley range to provide a unique and
personalized audio experience.
Bentley is also the first car manufacturer to use a next-generation
Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in its audio system, enhancing the
listening experience still further.
All cars are now fitted as standard with a handset allowing rear
passengers to control the main infotainment system.
A new optional iPod, MP3 and USB interface is located in the
glovebox, enabling customers to connect personal music to the in-car
infotainment system. When an iPod is connected, the tracks are
displayed on the infotainment screen.
This perfectly complements the optional rear seat entertainment
package that comprises two headrest-mounted 7-inch LCD screens, a
6-DVD multi-changer and two sets of headphones. An enhanced remote
control unit now incorporates the rear seat entertainment systems.
A further driver convenience feature is introduced for the
park/distance control. The new graphics readout on the
console-mounted infotainment screen complements the audible signal.
All new Flying Spur models also benefit from significant
developments to the cabin interior. The seating of all new models is
extensively redesigned, with a multi-layer seat construction the
comfort of which is optimised using different materials.
Employing the latest body profiling databases, the seats are
constructed to offer the optimum shape for front and rear seat
occupants. In addition, the rear seat cushions are lengthened by
40mm for additional comfort and support.
For the first time on Flying Spur, customers specifying a five-seat
configuration may now opt for a rear-seat configuration with fully
adjustable outboard positions and a fixed central seat. The outer
seats have full lumbar adjustment together with heating and massage
functions and a facility to adjust the position of an unoccupied
front passenger seat for even greater legroom. Seat ventilation is
available as an optional extra.
Improved personalisation and
Already renowned for its
unrivalled standard of interior craftsmanship, the cabin of the
Continental Flying Spur is now even more luxurious, offering
unparalleled opportunities for personalisation in this segment of
the market. This follows an extensive development programme that
marries the latest production technology with the skills of
Bentley’s craftsmen and women at its factory in Crewe, England.
Continental Flying Spur customers may now choose from an array of
beautifully crafted inlays. These include chrome inlays to door
waistrails and a choice of intricate marquetry wood inlays in
contemporary and traditional designs, creating a unique and
The contemporary style inlays comprise crossbanding to the door
waistrails while the traditional style inlays feature crossbanding
and inlay to fascia, door waistrails and upper centre console. Both
are available for Walnut and Chestnut veneers.
To further enhance the interior specification, seat piping is now
available as a cost option and can be ordered in a contrast or
non-contrast condition from the full colour palette of interior
In addition, a new approach to the interior hide colour combinations
provides customers with greater opportunities for personalisation.
The door waistrails and lower door panels may now be matched to
secondary hide while the centre door pads and armrests remain
matched to the main hide colour creating a new two-tone effect.
Additions to the 2009 Flying Spur palette include two new hide
colours (Linen and Imperial Blue) as well as three new standard
exterior paint colours (Havana, White Sand and Onyx). Four unique
duo-tone paint combinations (Havana, Dark Sapphire, Onyx and
Midnight Emerald) are available for the first time on the