Bentley’s new Flying Spur that will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show (5th March 2013) will be the fastest four-door Bentley the marque has ever made.
In order to make it the fastest four-door Bentley ever, they’ve dropped the engine from the fastest Bentley ever (Continental GT Speed) into the new Flying Spur. This means it pumps out 460kW and 800Nm of torque from the W12 petrol behemoth. The Flying Spur will race to 100kph in 4.3 seconds and top out at the hallowed 200mph mark.
Bentley has also stuck with the four-wheel drive system with a 40:60 rear biased torque split. The W12 motor is coupled to the very latest eight-speed, quick-shift automatic transmission from ZF. All Bentley models now feature this state-of-the-art gearbox. Delivering seamless and imperceptible shifts in under 200 milliseconds, the gearbox is not only designed to handle the mighty torque output of the W12 but also to ensure smooth and refined delivery of power to the wheels.
The new Flying Spur delivers a combined cycle fuel economy of 14.7l/100 km, and CO2 emissions of 343g/km not bad considering the amount of fuel that has to be distributed to all 12 cylinders in one revolution.
As the new Flying Spur approaches its 200mph (322kph) top speed, the ride height is automatically lowered via the air suspension system in order to compensate for aerodynamic forces. The new car has a two-stage lowering strategy, firstly lowering by 5mm at the front and 10mm at the rear at 195kph and then by a further 8mm and 13mm respectively at 240kph.
A new 19-inch Classic wheel is fitted exclusively to the new Flying Spur, either bright-painted or with a diamond turned finish. The new design consolidates a wider range of 20-inch five-spoke, 21-inch six-spoke and 21-inch ten-spoke wheels.