• First corpulent redesign since 2005
  • Longer wheelbase, all-recent sheet metal
  • 48-volt vigorous anti-roll bars
  • Contemporary 4-wheel steerage
  • 626-hp twin-turbo 6.0L W-12 with AWD
  • 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 207-mph prime wander
  • Estimated mark above $200,000
  • In dealerships in early 2020

With the debut now not prolonged within the past of an all-recent Bentley Continental GT, the advent of a redesigned Flying Spur—its 4-door sibling—has been highly anticipated, and the recent third-period 2020 mannequin has now been unveiled. The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur undergoes the mannequin’s most thorough redesign ever, with a brand recent platform, recent styling, a brand recent interior, and heavily revised mechanicals. 

Contemporary sheet metal draped on a brand recent platform

The recent Flying Spur shares its architecture with the Continental GT, as it has within the past, as effectively because the Porsche Panamera. As with its coupe/convertible sibling, the massive change fabricate-wise is a worthy longer wheelbase that sees the front overhang trimmed dramatically. The consequence is more healthy proportions accentuated by more handsomely sculpted sheet metal. The wheelbase has grown by 5.1 inches whereas the total length is proper 0.2-skedaddle longer, at 212.8 inches. Peak is unchanged and the recent Spur is a half of-skedaddle slimmer in width.

One merchandise that is significantly better is the grille, which now houses a band of vertical slats—an homage to the 1957 S1 Continental. Atop the grille sits a modernized flying-B hood ornament that is retractable and also lights up. At both facet of the grille are recent traditional matrix-LED headlamps that would possibly shield some distance from elegant oncoming autos even with the high-beams engaged. The wheels are 21 inches as traditional, whereas two diverse Mulliner-spec 22-skedaddle designs are now not vital. Peeking by them are sad brake calipers (or red as an choice), and the front brake rotors are 16.5 inches in diameter.

A brand recent, more luxurious Flying Spur interior

Important of the interior fabricate is lifted from the 2020 Continental GT, including the digital instrument cluster and an on hand 3-place Bentley Rotating Showcase, which is prepared to expose both the 12.3” center touchscreen, a trio of analog gauges, or a continuation of the dashboard desirable. Leather-primarily primarily based in a desire of 15 hues will most likely be had with quilted stitch patterns. Wooden veneers (in just a few traces) and knurled-metal finishes also characteristic prominently, and bronze desirable is newly on hand. Overhead, a brand recent panoramic glass roof extends from the windshield your complete methodology support to the rear window. Its front portion opens, and energy-operated Alcantara sunshades are included.

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The rear seat offers more obliging accommodations than sooner than (Bentley claims the additional inches within the wheelbase beget completely benefitted rear-seat legroom). Assist-seat passengers also receive a some distance flung with its cling touchscreen to aim diverse beneficial properties. The on hand audio programs prime out with a 19-speaker, 2200-watt unit by Naim.

Powering the Flying Spur: a 6.0L W12 engine

Under the sizable hood is a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12, an engine configuration that has powered the Spur since the muse. Basically the most neatly-liked version of this 12-cylinder engine uses each port and recount gas injection, and spins out 626 horsepower (the the same because the previous S mannequin) and 664 lb-feet of torque. Instead of the previous 8-wander torque-converter automatic is a brand recent 8-wander twin-grab automatic, shared with the recent Continental GT, which is claimed to present quicker shifting whereas tranquil conserving low-wander smoothness. The fashionable-or-backyard all-wheel power system now defaults to an completely rear-biased torque supply for a more carrying riding attribute. The system can ship as much as 354 lb-feet to the front axle (207 lb-feet in Sport mode) if wished and would possibly fluctuate torque distribution at some stage within the front and rear axles. The factory-stated zero-to-60-mph acceleration is 3.7 seconds, whereas prime wander increases to 207 mph.

The outgoing Spur also equipped a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. That engine has now not too prolonged within the past been announced for the recent Continental GT, and we’d inquire the V8 to gain its methodology into the recent Flying Spur at final as effectively.

48-volt vigorous anti-roll bars and 4-wheel steerage

As sooner than, the Spur rides on a suspension of air springs with adaptive damping, but the three-chamber air springs had been redesigned and now boast a better differ of adjustability from softer to firmer. Furthermore, a brand recent, separate, 48-volt electrical system powers vigorous anti-roll bars to counteract body lean in corners, a system first seen on the Bentayga SUV and also obedient for basically the most neatly-liked Continental GT. The recent architecture also contains 4-wheel steerage for the first time. In low-wander maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels within the reverse route of the fronts to tighten the turning circle. At highways speeds, the rear wheels turn in portion with the front for better agility.

What’s going to the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur mark?

Deliveries of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur are expected in early 2020, with consumers invited to spec their dream Bentley starting this fall. Pricing has now not been released but basically the most neatly-liked Spur starts factual spherical $200okay, and we wouldn’t inquire the recent version to be any less. 

joe-lorio—-contributing-editor