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Bentley Flying Spur gets makeover

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Bentley is giving its Flying Spur quite a makeover, and this teaser image reveals the car’s sporty shape. It’s not just the body that’s getting work done, though; there a some significant changes under the skin, too. All this is designed to keep the Flying Spur at the forefront of its game and to keep iut ahead of Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class.

Key to the new-look Flying Spur is sportiness, as well as a more fluid appearance, which has been inspired by the new Continental GT. And you can really see some Conti GT in the haunches of the Flying Spur, albeit toned down from the two-door car. There’s some Mulsanne in the new Flying Spur, too, including what is known as the ‘catwalk’, a strong beltline that widens over the rear to give the impression of power and performance.

The wheelbase remains the same, but a more raked rear windscreen, a taller bootline and narrower glass at the back all lend the Flying Spur to a sportier appearance. The interior of the car has not been made any sportier than before, wise given how many people are chauffeur driven in the Spur, particularly in China where the car sells in large numbers. That’s not to say improvements haven’t been made inside, though. The mouldings, instruments, switchgear, leather and carpets have all received minor enhancements.

Engineering enhancements have been one of the major areas of focus for the new Spur, and NVH and ride quality have been even further improved. Engine-wise, the Flying Spur will follow in the footprints of the Conti GT, which means the usual W12 motor, but for the first time, also the introduction of Bentley’s new V8.

The 4,0-litre twin-turbo V8 will be mated to an eight-speed ZF gearbox and will be given away by the figure-of-eight tailpipes on the Spur. Outputs are rated at 373 kW and 660 Nm, which ought to be enough to get the Flying Spur to 290 km/h, while the 0-100 km/h sprint will take a shade over five seconds. The new engine will also improve fuel economy and carbon emissions, getting consumption into the mid-20s and emissions to around 300 g/km of CO2.

The W12 engine will also gain some economy benefits thanks to a slight reworking of the eight-speed ZF ‘box, while top speed will be around 325 km/h thanks to the 423 kW it has on tap. However, the big news is the Flying Spur Speed, which will push that top speed even further with its 459 kW W12.

As far as a launch date is concerned, nothing is confirmed yet. The Geneva Motor Show is a current favourite, but the Frankfurt fair is also a possibility.

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