So, it’s freedom time and you can travel again, to your favourite spot in the countryside, or perhaps (restrictions allowing) Europe. Somewhere far enough that you need something fast, sporty and comfortable to transport you. What’s your choice to arrive unruffled and in style? Mine is the latest Flying Spur.
The Spur is named after the great world-beating Bentley Continental Tourers of the 1960s – the epitome of style for the English lady or gentleman on their continental tour. The latest incarnation, the Flying Spur V8, is also gorgeous, fast, and supremely capable. The fabulous continental GT but in a grand tourer body, it’s chic, elegant and understated.
It has flowing lines and plenty of character, along with a new, more purposeful wider grill – now a feature of the Bentley brand. The car has road presence and charisma. It’s longer and lower than its predecessor and lines are sharper. It’s the sexiest Bentley saloon yet.
Replacing the thirsty 12-cylinder, the refined V8 is now standard; and is about as smooth as it gets. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that a regular petrol engine will ever improve on this. This may be the last incarnation of the petrol-only model, what with new hybrids and all-electrics fast approaching.
Power is delivered in a turbine-like fashion, providing astonishing performance for a car of this bulk. Four-wheel drive delivers the huge force in a safe and impressive way, hitting 62 mph in a blistering time of under four seconds, and with a top speed of over 200 mph.
The technology doesn’t stop there, with four-wheel steering helping you position the car perfectly and manoeuvre the big vehicle as if it’s a lot more compact. On the road, the chassis soaks up bumps with ease, and under power the Spur handles like a sports car, with the air suspension keeping things smooth on the worst of roads.
Bentley has really pushed the boat out with this latest model. It’s hard to think of any technology that is available on the market and not standard on this car. It’s a technological tour de force, wrapped up in a drivable and elegant package. The interior is of the highest quality with beautiful timber and chrome details everywhere, complete with everything you would expect from a Bentley. The driving position is excellent, despite the car being lower and sportier than other competing limousines.
The infinitely-adjustable, massaging front seats are perfect for long and short trips. In the rear, meanwhile, the sumptuous and comfortable seats have plenty of room, and the car can be arranged as a five- or four-seater (with a huge arm rest that includes a fridge). It’s perfect for a long journey – or a champagne-fuelled night out (with the driver staying under the limit, of course) once your favourite restaurant reopens.
And it’s not just the mechanical side that’s state of the art. Inside, technology abounds with adaptive cruise control, heads-up display and of course the latest infotainment system, complete with a huge, colour touch-screen and fabulous sound system. There’s also massive boot for family luggage on even the longest trips.
It’s the perfect car for the long road trip or a sporty drive. A limousine equally at home effortlessly crossing the continent, arriving stylishly at your first-choice post-lockdown meal, or even just going to the shops.
The Flying Spur V8 is Bentley’s finest saloon yet – and the leader in its class.
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