Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentleys have worn the Continental Flying Spur name on two quite different classes of four-door cars since 1957.The first is a four-door saloon body made to special order by coachbuilders H. J. Mulliner & Co. (later Mulliner Park Ward) on a Bentley Continental chassis. These bodies were built in London on the various specification chassis made in Crewe between 1957 and 1966.
The second is a standard manufacturer's catalogue car, a four-door standard production line version of Bentley's own Crewe factory-built Continentals.Both may be described as four-door variants of 2-door Bentley Continentals.

1957–1966 Bentley Continental

Always for cars with more powerful engines than used in standard cars installed in lowered chassis provided to coachbuilders for distinctive and distinguished body shapes of specially lightened construction.
Bentley Continentals have usually been close-coupled two-door saloons intended for high speed touring and slightly less for comfort. They were named Continental, as with some Rolls-Royces before them, because until the 1960s there were no high speed roads of any length on their home territory.

2006–2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur (2006 - 2013) is the second Bentley manufactured since Volkswagen Group purchased the brand in 1999, after the Continental GT. They Flying Spur is essentially a four-door version of the GT, with a stretched wheelbase and greater length for more spacious rear seating. The two models are similarly priced.
The 2013 Spur weighs 5,580 lbs and carries the same twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 used in the Continental GT, for an output of 600 horsepower and 533 pound-feet of torque. It has a zero-to-sixty-mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. The steering column-mounted paddle shifters enable direct access to the six-speed gearbox when the ZF transmission is in “S” or sports mode. EPA fuel economy estimates are 11 mpg city/19 mpg highway. A 2013 Continental Flying Spur comes with a 3 year/unlimited mileage warranty.
The 2013 Bentley Flying Spur Speed version carries a $209,600 base price. Options include a remote-controlled rear-seat entertainment system embedded in the front row headrests. Lambswool rugs accompany the Premium specification.

2014 Bentley Flying Spur 
On 12 February 2013, Bentley Motors announced a redesigned Flying Spur for model-year 2014. The 2014 Flying Spur was first unveiled to the public at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The "Continental" prefix has been omitted from Bentley's promotional material for this model. It carries the same twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 used in the Continental GT, for an
output of 616 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque and zero-to-sixty-mph time of 4.3 seconds. The sedan weighs 5,451 pounds and has a new eight-speed automatic transmission for the 2014 model-year. Its all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased with a ratio of 60:40.
The 2014 Flying Spur is expected to get better fuel economy by U.S. EPA estimates, with (uncertified) projections of 12 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

Flying Spur (2013-)

Changes include increasing engine performance (from Continental GT Speed), ZF eight-speed transmission, redesigned body with lower, wider appearance with sharp lines and gently curvaceous surfaces; new wing vent at front fenders, new body structure includes reinforcement to the B-posts, sills and front crossmembers together with deformable components in the floorpan for optimal load transfer; a deployable aluminium bonnet that includes both new reinforcement panels and deformation elements, 600 new interior parts, lightweight acoustic underfloor panels, side glazing and both front and rear screens made in acoustic glass, heating and ventilation system with a new Thermostatic Expansion Valve (with optional Climate Boost function), new 19" tyre with 12% relative increase in sidewall height, suspension spring rates are softened front and rear by 10% and 13% respectively, anti-roll bars softened by 13 per cent and 15 per cent to improve single wheel impact absorption, suspension lever bushes all-round softened by at least 25 per cent for reduced road surface-induced noise and vibration, revised damper electronic control (CDC), new 19-inch Classic wheel in bright-painted or with a diamond turned finish (optional 20-inch five-spoke, 21-inch six-spoke and 21-inch ten-spoke wheels).
The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Geneva Motor Show The car was presented to the public on March 5 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show., followed by Auto Shanghai 2013, Barcelona International Motor Show 2013, 2013 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power,Bentley Moscow dealership on Tretyakov Passage fourth, Bentley Stockholm.The "Continental" prefix has been omitted from Bentley's promotional material for this facelift model. According to Bentley's designers, this was a conscious attempt to distance the Flying Spur - a 4-door limousine - from the 2-door Continental GT range (historically, the Continental name was generally used by Bentley to refer to 2-door models). The Flying Spur and Continental GT continue to share the same engineering platform.
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