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Bentley Flying Spur (2005)

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The Bentley Flying Spur (formerly the Bentley Continental Flying Spur) is a luxury saloon produced by Bentley Motors Limited since 2005. It is the four-door variant of the Bentley Continental GT coupé.

Bentley (Continental) Flying Spur
Bentley Flying Spur – Frontansicht (2), 12. August 2013, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBentley Motors
Production2005–present
Model years2006–present
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury car (F)
Body style4-door saloon
LayoutF4 layout
RelatedBentley Continental GT

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]

First generation (2005–2013)Edit

First Generation (Continental Flying Spur)
 
Overview
Production2005–2013
DesignerDirk van Braeckel
Body and chassis
PlatformVolkswagen Group D1
RelatedVolkswagen Phaeton
Audi A8
Powertrain
Engine6.0 L W12 twin-turbo
Transmission6-speed ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,065 mm (120.7 in)
Length2006–08: 5,306 mm (208.9 in)
2009–13: 5,290 mm (208.3 in)
Width1,915 mm (75.4 in)
Height2006–08: 1,478 mm (58.2 in)
2009–13: 1,476 mm (58.1 in)
Kerb weight2,525 kg (5,567 lb) (kerb weight)
2,940 kg (6,482 lb) (gross vehicle weight)[1]
Bentley Continental Flying Spur (Switzerland)
Interior

OverviewEdit

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 PS (412 kW; 552 bhp) and torque of 650 N⋅m (479 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. It can go 0–100 km/h (0.0–62.1 mph) in 5.2 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 312 km/h (194 mph).[2][3] It also has Adaptive Air Suspension and Continuous Damping Control. Sales began in Spring 2005.[4]

During the first full-year sales of the Continental Flying Spur, the number of deliveries exceeded 4,500.[5]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power at rpm, Torque at rpm
Continental Flying Spur 2005– 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp) at 6,100, 650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) at 1,600–6,100
Continental Flying Spur Speed 2008– 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 610 PS (449 kW; 602 hp) at 6,000, 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft) at 1,700–5,600

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 2005–2013 ZF 6-speed automatic
Continental Flying Spur Speed 2008–2013 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 (2013–2019)Edit

Second Generation (Flying Spur)
 
Overview
Production2013–2019
DesignerLuc Donckerwolke
Body and chassis
PlatformVolkswagen Group D1
RelatedVolkswagen Phaeton
Audi A8
Powertrain
Engine6.0 L W12 twin-turbo[7]
4.0 L V8 twin-turbo
Transmission8-speed automatic[7]
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,066 mm (120.7 in)[7]
Length5,299 mm (208.6 in)[7]
Width1,978 mm (77.9 in)[7]
Height1,488 mm (58.6 in)[7]
Kerb weight2,475 kg (5,456 lb)[7]

Flying Spur W12 (2013–2019)Edit

The second generation Flying Spur was unveiled in March 2013 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show[8][9][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). Despite this, the Flying Spur and Continental GT continue to share the same engineering platform.

EnginesEdit

Petrol engines[12][13]
Model Years Type/code Power at rpm, Torque at rpm
Flying Spur W12 2013–2019 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 625 PS (460 kW; 616 hp) at 6,000, 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) at 2,000
Flying Spur V8 2014–2019 3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo 507 PS (373 kW; 500 hp) at 6,000, 660 N⋅m (487 lb⋅ft) at 1,700(1,750?)
Flying Spur V8 S 2016–2019 3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo 528 PS (388 kW; 521 hp) at 6,000, 680 N⋅m (502 lb⋅ft) at 1,700
Flying Spur W12 S 2016–2019 5,998 cc (366.0 cu in) W12 twin turbo 635 PS (467 kW; 626 hp) at 6,000, 820 N⋅m (605 lb⋅ft) at 2,000

TransmissionsEdit

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
Flying Spur W12 2013–2019 ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
Flying Spur V8 2014–2019 ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
Flying Spur V8 S 2016–2019 ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift

Third generation (2019–present)Edit

Third Generation (Flying Spur)
Overview
Production2019–present
Body and chassis
PlatformVolkswagen Group MSB
RelatedPorsche Panamera
Powertrain
Engine6.0 L W12 twin-turbo
Transmission8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,194 mm (125.7 in)
Length5,316 mm (209.3 in)
Width1,987 mm (78.2 in)
Height1,484 mm (58.4 in)
Kerb weight2,437 kg (5,373 lb)

The third-generation Flying Spur was unveiled in June 2019.[14][15] The car has been completely overhauled and is built on a brand-new platform, resembling the current Continental GT. The front receives a new grille with vertical slats akin to that of a Rolls-Royce, while the rear features new taillights that incorporate a B motif. The hood ornament is now illuminated at night, electrically deployable, and capable of meeting pedestrian impact requirements. Rear-wheel steering is new and is accompanied by air springs with 60 percent more volume than its predecessor. The all-wheel drive system is also new and uses an electronically controlled clutch pack. The interior boasts a rotating 12.3-inch (31.2-cm) display and an all-new Touch Screen remote that allows rear occupants to control several systems.

Compared to the second generation model, the new Flying Spur gets close to 130 mm additional wheelbase.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bentley Flying Spur Detailed Specifications". Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Continental Flying Spur specification". BentleyMotors.com. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  3. ^ Bentley Continental Flying Spur – Media information Archived 23 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bentley Continental Flying Spur – an introduction
  5. ^ Continental Flying Spur leads Bentley's global sales success Archived 24 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  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 "Bentley Flying Spur Detailed Specifications". Bentley Motors Limited. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  8. ^ "2014 Bentley Flying Spur makes its Swiss debut". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  9. ^ "2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Unveiled Ahead of 2013 Geneva Auto Show". Edmunds.com. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 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 24 March 2013, retrieved 10 March 2013
  11. ^ Bentley introduces the all-new Flying Spur, Daily Telegraph, 20 February 2013, retrieved 10 March 2013, 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". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  13. ^ "BENTLEY ANNOUNCES LUXURY AND PERFORMANCE UPGRADES TO CONTINENTAL AND FLYING SPUR MODELS". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  14. ^ Duff, Mike (11 June 2019). "The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Is New from the Ground Up and Way More Luxurious". Car and Driver. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  15. ^ Reid, Rory (11 June 2019). "The new Bentley Flying Spur is a luxury limo you can drift". Roadshow. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  16. ^ "3rd gen Bentley Flying Spur debuts with a new mascot". autodevot.com. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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