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(from Bentley Press
Release) A little over two years ago Bentley Motors
stunned the world by unveiling a Grand Tourer masterpiece, the
Continental GT coupé. Now, only 12 months after the first deliveries
of that extraordinarily successful car, we are proud to announce the
arrival of the fastest four-door in the company’s history; a car
that shares the heart and soul of the 198mph coupé from which it is
born – the Continental Flying Spur.
The Continental Flying Spur combines the exquisite design and
peerless craftsmanship for which Bentley is renowned with the
dynamics and power of the Continental GT to provide an unparalleled
motoring experience that will attract a new breed of discerning
customers to the marque.
Throughout our history, Bentleys have offered a blend of luxury and
potent performance. The ability to undertake long journeys in great
comfort has been the hallmark of every Bentley, and never was that
better demonstrated than in the iconic R-Type Continental from 1952
and its four-door descendant, the Continental Flying Spur.
Bred from the fastest four-seat coupé of its time, the original 1957
Continental Flying Spur was hailed as one of the most elegant and
yet powerful saloons ever created. The new Continental Flying Spur
continues that Bentley bloodline of sporting Grand Tourers.
Similarly inspired by the most desirable coupé of its day, it
delivers awesome performance as well as extraordinary comfort and
Like the original Flying Spur, the new Bentley is also purposely
positioned as a premium product above a crowded market. When asking
our future customers about their needs they were very clear –
performance and luxury, style and practicality, inspiration and
solidity, excitement and safety. The Continental Flying Spur is our
response to their ‘no compromise’ attitude, and our desire to
further the Bentley story.
- An all-new
four-door Grand Tourer that blends peerless Bentley
craftsmanship and design with modern technologies.
supercar performance thanks to a top speed in excess of 190mph
and a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of around five seconds.
- Powered by a
6-litre, twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder engine engineered and
built at Bentley’s factory in Crewe. Tuned to provide not just a
massive 552bhp but also the legendary Bentley ‘torque’ from low
- A high-tech,
all-wheel-drive system for exceptional stability and grip in any
- A stunning cabin
that uses exquisite Bentley design and quality to create a
spacious, welcoming interior. A classic mix of leather and wood
veneers are combined to give a contemporary but timeless
- Over 11 leather
hides are used to make a complete set of upholstery in the
Continental Flying Spur.
- Spacious rear
legroom provides total comfort for all passengers with a five or
four-seat layout optional at the time of purchase.
- Designed and
developed in parallel with the Continental GT coupé at Bentley’s
design studios and facilities in Crewe to ensure consistency in
their visual appearance and in their on-going engineering and
- Pricing for the
new Continental Flying Spur is yet to be finalised but Bentley
expects a similar price structure to that of the Continental GT
- The new Bentley
Continental Flying Spur will go on sale in Spring 2005.
STYLING AND DESIGN
When work began on the
Continental GT coupé in 1999, a simultaneous programme was
instigated for a four-door version that would mirror the performance
and design qualities of the coupé and also provide unparalleled
levels of space and comfort in a way that only a Bentley can. The
results of that forward-thinking approach are now clear as the
Continental Flying Spur is unveiled for the first time.
Sumptuous levels of space and comfort are a given in the Continental
Flying Spur. The quality of the overall design and cabin interior is
simply without rival and only another Bentley can match the
craftsmanship that has gone into making this elegant and opulent
four-door Grand Tourer.
These clear and simple targets were laid down to Bentley’s head of
design, Dirk van Braeckel, when the project began, and he made sure
that they were not forgotten as the car’s form began to take shape.
“We were very conscious that the Continental Flying Spur had to make
a sporting statement when people first saw it – after all it is a
Bentley,” says van Braeckel. “That’s actually more challenging with
a four-door than a coupé, which will always look ‘fast’, so we spent
a long time working on an appearance of potency while still
retaining the presence and stature that customers expect from our
A sporting statement, however, was not the sole target for the car’s
design. It also needed to reflect Bentley’s evolving modern image,
retaining the understated but bold feel that its design team
believes has carried Bentley forward throughout its history.
“From the very beginning, Bentleys have been quite reserved when it
comes to design,” says van Braeckel. “It has always been recognised
that Bentleys are much less ostentatious than rival cars of a
similar price. The new Continental Flying Spur embodies that Bentley
ethos of understated elegance.”
The Continental Flying Spur consequently shares the clean and
muscular appearance of the Continental GT coupé with a short front
overhang and dominant matrix radiator grille. Inside the cabin, the
car has a similarly stunning appearance with a beautiful interior
that will stand as a benchmark thanks to its quality and
The generous wheelbase of the Continental Flying Spur’s chassis
means spacious rear legroom for passengers and an impressive canvas
on which Bentley’s interior design team could set to work. Customers
will have the option of a four-seat layout with a central console
between two electrically-powered rear seats or a five-seat cabin
with full-width rear seat. Throughout the interior, familiar Bentley
trademarks make their presence felt with bullseye ventilation
outlets and organ stop controls in the front and rear. Leather or
wood veneers on every interior surface combine to give a traditional
yet contemporary environment for the driver and passengers alike.
Continental Flying Spur owners will want for nothing, whether behind
the wheel or enjoying the ride as a passenger. The car is equipped
with the latest cabin technology from its advanced infotainment
system to its four-zone climate control. Chairman Dr Franz-Josef
Paefgen was determined that buyers of this new Bentley would
immediately appreciate the generous standard specification.
“The Continental Flying Spur has all the technology and equipment
that our customers want and need,” he says. “They will not have to
trawl through an options list for hours with their dealer because
everything is included. What they will enjoy, however, is the
experience of tailoring the car to their taste and style.
“As well as delivering excellent performance and dynamic handling,
the Continental Flying Spur offers elegant styling and craftsmanship
with its beautiful wood and leather cabin, delighting customers as
only a Bentley can.”
ENGINEERING AND DRIVING DYNAMICS
With 552bhp at your
disposal and an advanced all-wheel drive system to ensure that power
is delivered in a controlled and measured fashion, the Continental
Flying Spur has the performance to match its appearance.
As with every Bentley, this is a driver’s car first and foremost. In
common with the Continental GT coupé, the car’s extremely stiff
steel chassis allows the advanced air suspension system to regulate
safely the handling and balance of a four-door with supercar
performance: a top speed in excess of 190mph and 0-62mph (100km/h)
in around five seconds. However, such is the breadth of its dynamic
capability, the Continental Flying Spur also delivers supreme
comfort for long, relaxed journeys.
“Over the course of its development the car was subjected to a
rigorous drive programme that saw it complete nearly a million miles
on proving grounds, test tracks and roads across the world,” reveals
Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, member of the board, engineering. “The result is
a car whose breadth and capability, in any weather, on any road
surface, is simply awesome.”
Bentley’s renowned powertrain development was rightly praised at the
launch of the Continental GT coupé and the combination of that
phenomenal twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder engine with a smooth,
six-speed ‘paddleshift’ ZF gearbox with Tiptronic actuation is
carried over into the Continental Flying Spur.
A Bentley engine is unlike any other in the world and the
Continental Flying Spur’s is no exception. Maximum torque is
available from just 1600rpm and continues unabated throughout the
powerband, meaning the driver can call upon exceptional reserves of
power in an instant.
The Continental Flying Spur's permanent all-wheel drive system
ensures that even in poor weather and road conditions, the awesome
power and torque remain accessible to the driver without the
constant intervention of the traction control system.
The advanced six-speed transmission allows the driver to use the
gearbox as a conventional automatic or opt to change gears
‘manually’ using either the gearlever or the paddles mounted behind
the wheel. Whatever mode the gearbox is set to, the powertrain
operates with seamless efficiency and provides brilliant shift
quality. In its four-door application it has also been extensively
recalibrated to provide almost imperceptible shifts when being used
in a more relaxed fashion.
THE BENTLEY MODEL RANGE
The Continental Flying
Spur perfectly complements the existing range of Bentley models. The
Continental GT continues to fulfil our customers’ desire for a
dynamic coupé that offers the very essence of Bentley: sporting
prowess and Grand Touring performance. Similarly the Arnage range
represents a unique proposition: the emotional purchase of a truly
bespoke, hand-built and entirely individual limousine. The
Continental Flying Spur will appeal to customers seeking a sumptuous
four-door Grand Tourer sharing all the virtues of its coupé
stablemate: high-performance, timeless design and superb
Bentley chairman Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen says the distinction between
the new Continental Flying Spur and the Bentley Arnage range is
“As Continental Flying Spur production begins, the Arnage will
retain its true position as the most exclusive limousine in the
world. If you work in a major capital city you might see a
Continental Flying Spur a few times a month, but you will only come
across an Arnage a few times a year. The Arnage will continue to be
a bespoke car with real exclusivity.
“With the Continental Flying Spur we are opening our doors to new
customers who value that unique combination of luxury, style,
excitement and practicality. Nowhere else will they be able to enjoy
a car that possesses all this as well as the dynamic qualities and
power of the Continental GT coupé. The Continental Flying Spur
promises a new motoring experience and we look forward to welcoming
a new breed of discerning customers to our marque.”