by Tony West
Every year Bentley innovates the Continental and Flying Spur and takes a dump on the the premium car market. For 2013 the Flying Spur has 600 new interior parts. Convenient discreet storage and unparalleled luxury for driver and passenger are the focus of the interior design while performance and style the focus of the exterior. Bentley calls the 2013 Flying Spur the most powerful 4-door model ever because if its four-wheel-drive – 6 liter twin turbo W12 engine with 616 horsepower.
The stylish exterior of the Flying Spur features a lower wider body with chrome grille, jeweled LED headlights and horizontal ellipse LED tail lamps, and 19 inch wheels. Overall rigidity and agility is improved with aluminum and other lightweight components. The lighter sleeker Flying Spur is more aerodynamic and handles sharp turns with more control. With a max speed of 200 mph the Flying Spur ZF 8-speed automatic transmission features a new gearbox that delivers seamless shifts under 200 milliseconds. Surprisingly the new Flying Spur has a combined fuel economy of 19.2 mpg, exceptional for a 590 lb-ft torque 12 cylinder luxury performance sedan. Bentley’s Flying Spur has excellent traction with independent computer controlled air suspension. Four-position suspension control allows the driver to choose the setting that suits their driving preference. Another cool feature is the auto lowering air suspension that compensates for aerodynamic forces. As the driver opens up, the Flying Spur ride height is lowered to increase stability and drag resistance.
The interior of the Flying Spur is designed for an ultra luxurious, tech-advanced experience for driver and passenger, business and leisure. Featured are 14-way adjustable heated/ventilated seats of premium supple leather. Also featured is the finest wood veneers that create a “wrap-around” design from dash to door. More discreet storage is perfect for this mobile mogul as is the Wi-Fi hotspot and electronically operated rear blinds. Behind the central arm rest is a nine liter bottle cooler. Champagne anyone!
Some of the passenger perks include two 10-inch LCD screens on the backs of each headrest and a touch screen remote that controls climate, heated and ventilated seats, navigation, and multimedia systems. CD’s, DVD’s, Ipods, and HDMI devices can be played in the rear via a loading dock below the screens. The optional Multimedia Specification System interfaces devices like laptops, tablets, and includes 64 GB of internal storage. Each rear passenger can control their own media or stream content. And a USB charging port can be used with most devices. In addition to playing music directly through the Bentley Connectivity Unit, rear passengers can utilize Bentley’s wireless headphones. There are only a few luxury cars that I’d rather ride in the back than drive, and Bentley’s Flying Spur is one of the best.