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Bentley Continental Flying Spur (2005)

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a four-door saloon produced by Bentley Motors Limited since 2005. It is a four door variant of the 2003 Bentley Continental GT coupé, and like the Continental GT shares its platform with the Volkswagen Phaeton, and powertrain components related to the Audi A8 and S8.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Bentley Continental Flying Spur3.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Bentley Motors
Production 2005–present
Model years 2006–present
Assembly Bentley Crewe, England, United Kingdom
Transparent Factory, Dresden, Germany
Designer Dirk van Braeckel
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car (F)
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Longitudinal front-engine,
Torsen permanent four-wheel drive
Platform Volkswagen Group D1
Related Bentley Continental GT
Bentley Continental GTC
Volkswagen Phaeton
Audi A8
Powertrain
Engine 6.0 L W12 twin-turbo
Transmission 6-speed ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2006 – present 3,065 mm (120.7 in)
Length 2006–08: 208.9 in (5,306 mm)
2009 – present: 5,290 mm (208.3 in)
Width 2006–08: 75.4 in (1,915 mm)
2009 – present: 1,976 mm (77.8 in) (with mirrors folded)
Height 2006–08: 58.2 in (1,478 mm)
2009–2011 Speed: 57.7 in (1,466 mm)
2009–2011: 58.1 in (1,476 mm)
2012 – present Speed: 54.6 in (1,387 mm)
2012 – present: 1,398 mm (55.0 in)
Kerb weight 2,525 kg (5,567 lb) (kerb weight)
2,940 kg (6,482 lb) (gross vehicle weight)[1]

The car is manufactured at Bentley's factory in Crewe, England. Briefly, due to a lack of capacity at the Crewe factory upon the car's introduction, some Flying Spurs destined for markets other than the United States and United Kingdom were built at Volkswagen's Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany. This arrangement ended in 2006, when all assembly work reverted to Crewe.[citation needed] A second generation known as the Flying Spur was released in 2013.

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First generation (2005–2012)Edit

During the first full-year sales of the Continental Flying Spur, the number of deliveries exceeded 4,500.[2]

Bentley Continental Flying Spur (Switzerland)
Interior

EnginesEdit

The Continental Flying Spur has a 5,998 cubic centimetres (366.0 cu in) (6.0 litre) twin-turbocharged Volkswagen W12 engine shared with the Volkswagen Phaeton saloon, but tuned to produce 560 metric horsepower (412 kW; 552 bhp) and torque of 650 newton metres (479 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. It will complete the standard sprint of 0–100 kilometres per hour (0.0–62.1 mph) in 5.2 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 312 kilometres per hour (194 mph).[3][4] The car has Four-wheel-drive with Adaptive Air Suspension and Continuous Damping Control. Sales began in Spring 2005.[5]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Continental Flying Spur 2005– 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp)@6100, 650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft)@1600–6100
Continental Flying Spur Speed 2008– 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 610 PS (449 kW; 602 hp)@6000, 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft)@1700–5600

Beginning with 2011 Continental models, the W12 engines supports combinations of petrol and E85 bioethanol fuel types.[6]

TransmissionsEdit

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
Continental Flying Spur 2005– ZF 6-speed automatic
Continental Flying Spur Speed 2008– ZF 6-speed automatic

The steering column-mounted paddle shifters enable direct access to the six-speed gearbox when the ZF transmission is in "S" or sports mode.

Second generation (2013–present)Edit

Flying Spur
 
Overview
Production 2013–present
Assembly Bentley Crewe, England, United Kingdom
Transparent Factory, Dresden, Germany
Designer Luc Donckerwolke
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Longitudinal front-engine,
Torsen permanent four-wheel drive[7]
Platform Volkswagen D1
Related Bentley Continental GT
Bentley Continental GTC
Volkswagen Phaeton
Audi A8
Powertrain
Engine 6.0 L W12 TSI Twin-turbo[7]
4.0 L V8 twin-turbo
Transmission 8-speed automatic[7]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,066 mm (120.7 in)[7]
Length 5,299 mm (208.6 in)[7]
Width 1,924 mm (75.7 in)[7] (mirrors folded)
Height 1,488 mm (58.6 in)[7]
Kerb weight 2,475 kg (5,456 lb)[7]

Flying Spur W12 (2013–present)Edit

The second generation Flying Spur was unveiled in 2013 Geneva Motor Show[8][9] The car launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013.[10]

The "Continental" prefix was omitted; according to Bentley's designers, this was a conscious attempt to take the Flying Spur in a more opulent direction and distance it from the more driver-oriented 2-door Continental GT range[11] (historically, the Continental name has generally been used by Bentley to refer to models of a "sporting" nature). The Flying Spur and Continental GT continue to share the same engineering platform.

EnginesEdit

Petrol engines[12][13]
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Flying Spur W12 2013– 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 625 PS (460 kW; 616 hp)@6000, 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft)@2000
Flying Spur V8 2014– 3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo 507 PS (373 kW; 500 hp)@6000, 660 N⋅m (487 lb⋅ft)@1700(1750?)
Flying Spur V8 S 2016– 3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo 528 PS (388 kW; 521 hp)@6000, 680 N⋅m (502 lb⋅ft)@1700
Flying Spur W12 S 2016– 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 635 PS (467 kW; 626 hp)@6000, 820 N⋅m (605 lb⋅ft)@2000

TransmissionsEdit

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
Flying Spur W12 2013– ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
Flying Spur V8 2014– ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
Flying Spur V8 S 2016– ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bentley Flying Spur Detailed Specifications". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  2. ^ Continental Flying Spur leads Bentley's global sales success Archived 24 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Continental Flying Spur specification". BentleyMotors.com. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Bentley Continental Flying Spur – Media information Archived 23 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Bentley Continental Flying Spur – an introduction
  6. ^ BENTLEY CONTINENTAL RANGE NOW FULLY FUELLED FOR THE FUTURE Archived 21 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Bentley Flying Spur Detailed Specifications". Bentley Motors Limited. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  8. ^ 2014 Bentley Flying Spur makes its Swiss debut
  9. ^ "2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Unveiled Ahead of 2013 Geneva Auto Show". Edmunds.com. 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2013-03-10. The face-lifted 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of a global debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show 
  10. ^ Bentley introduces the all-new Flying Spur, Bentley Motors Limited, archived from the original on 2013-03-24, retrieved 2013-03-10 
  11. ^ Bentley introduces the all-new Flying Spur, Daily Telegraph, 2013-02-20, retrieved 2013-03-10, That GT icon was hard to shift in our minds. But eventually we realised we did have the potential to push the boundaries and were inspired to design a car in its own right, which is why the Continental name has been dropped. 
  12. ^ THE ALL-NEW BENTLEY FLYING SPUR
  13. ^ BENTLEY ANNOUNCES LUXURY AND PERFORMANCE UPGRADES TO CONTINENTAL AND FLYING SPUR MODELS

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