The Flying Spur has long been a favorite, a true icon, which has attracted many fans all over the world including me. I can assure you that I was very excited when asked to drive the new re-invented big luxury saloon car from Dubai to Hatta, Oman. One's first impression is that a lot has changed since the original model. The new Flying Spur has a new body, a heavily revised chassis and a new approach for Bentley's business class saloon.
It was an experience in itself taking the wheel of the luxurious Bentley Flying Spur and our task was to drive the Dubai highways all the way to Hatta, with side roads where we tested the car at high speeds far from the radars. No, we didn't fly, although you can go from 120 to 240 kph very smoothly while feeling quite in control and enjoying the luxury spacious drive. The driving position is good, but the grip foot rest isn't big enough, particularly when you are really hauling off speed. Anyway, I just hit the gas and enjoyed.
You will notice that the exterior panel has been redesigned to give a lower, longer, sleeker shape. The car has more edges that give it an aggressive yet stylish look. The car comes in 18 colors. Inside it's as posh, classy yet classical, and has everything you could wish for. The cabin is a refreshed redesign for Bentley's theme of wood and leather, enabled with an easy to navigate electronic system. The seats are comfortable, though you need to carefully adjust the squab tilt to give sufficient thigh support.
Bentley's styling team has developed an athletic design for the new Flying Spur that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance and contemporary details. Sharp feature lines complement a muscular rear haunch, while LED daytime running lights, dipped headlights and taillights characterize the front and rear profiles.
The interior designers have created a luxurious, spacious cabin that dresses advanced acoustic and electronic technologies in exquisite hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers. The new redesigned front and rear seats trimmed in natural premium-quality leather use a softer yet more durable hide unique to Bentley and available in twelve different colors.
The craftsmen and women of Bentley's renowned woodshop have applied the finest wood veneers to finish the cabin of the new Flying Spur. Utilizing almost ten square meters of sustainably sourced natural wood per car, the Flying Spur features book-matched and mirror-polished veneers. To enhance the "wrap-around" feel of the forward cabin, the veneer of the dashboard meets that of the doors in a perfectly aligned curve, giving the impression of an unbroken arc of wood around the interior. Crafted entirely by hand, cured for 72 hours and clear-lacquered to enhance the natural beauty of the wood, a range of seven sophisticated veneers are available.
Driver and passengers alike can interface with the car and the outside world through touchscreen infotainment, mobile connectivity including WiFi, a Rear Seat Entertainment suite and a new hand-held touchscreen remote which allows rear cabin occupants to control an extensive range of features from the comfort of their seat. An eight-channel, eight-speaker audio system with Balanced Mode Radiators provides high quality sound clarity.
Powering the new Flying Spur is Bentley's renowned 6.0 liter, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to a ZF eight-speed transmission. Developing 616 hp and 800 Nm of torque, power is delivered to the road via all wheel drive with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.
The overall driving experience won't keep you indifferent. After all, you are driving one of the most luxurious cars in the world.