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 (2005-2013) / Flying Spur (2013-present)|
|Assembly||Bentley Crewe, England, United Kingdom|
Transparent Factory, Dresden, Germany
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size luxury car (F)|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Layout||F4 layout (Torsen)|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group D1|
|Related||Bentley Continental GT|
|First Generation (Continental Flying Spur)|
|Designer||Dirk van Braeckel|
|Engine||6.0 L W12 twin-turbo|
|Transmission||6-speed ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic|
|Wheelbase||3,065 mm (120.7 in)|
|Length||2006–08: 5,306 mm (208.9 in)|
2009–13: 5,290 mm (208.3 in)
|Width||1,915 mm (75.4 in)|
|Height||2006–08: 1,478 mm (58.2 in)|
2009–13: 1,476 mm (58.1 in)
|Kerb weight||2,525 kg (5,567 lb) (kerb weight)|
2,940 kg (6,482 lb) (gross vehicle weight)
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. A second generation known as the Flying Spur was released in 2013.
First generation (2005–2012)Edit
During the first full-year sales of the Continental Flying Spur, the number of deliveries exceeded 4,500.
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). The car has Four-wheel-drive with Adaptive Air Suspension and Continuous Damping Control. Sales began in Spring 2005.
|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.
|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
|Second Generation (Flying Spur)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||6.0 L W12 TSI Twin-turbo|
4.0 L V8 twin-turbo
|Wheelbase||3,066 mm (120.7 in)|
|Length||5,299 mm (208.6 in)|
|Width||1,978 mm (77.9 in)|
|Height||1,488 mm (58.6 in)|
|Kerb weight||2,475 kg (5,456 lb)|
Flying Spur W12 (2013–present)Edit
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 (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.
|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|
|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|
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The face-lifted 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of a global debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show
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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.
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