2014 Bentley Flying Spur cribs style from Mulsanne
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Bentley's 'entry-level' Flying Spur sedan - if there is such a thing as an entry-level Bentley - has proved to be a reasonable success. A twin-turbocharged W12 engine, all-wheel drive and a sumptuous leather, metal and wood-lined interior just drip with excess, but the exterior? Uh, more a mess than drop-dead gorgeous. But we'd gather laying claim to the title of world's fastest sedan and the flying 'B' that comes with it play larger roles in its popularity.
Thankfully, judging from the photos released today, Bentley's taken the criticism to heart and delivered on a much more flowing design for the second-generation 2014 version. The front still shares most of its parts with the Continental GT coupe, but from the sides and out back, the shoulder line and rear lights crib styling cues form the range-topping Mulsanne. It's a significatnly more coherent package that we'd love to examine more closely.
The interior is still the same hide-covered cocoon as before, although updated with Bentley's current dash, technology and steering wheel. We'd guess the Flying Spur does the whole 'biz-jet' cross-continent high-speed travel thing very well.
Especially since the 6.0-litre engine produces a ridiculous 616 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which means the standard car now has more power than the previous top-end Speed. The 0-100 km/h run should take just 4.4 seconds, while top speed is rated at 322 km/h (200 mph). All this performance plus a 2,475-kg curb weight and Bentley still figures it'll improve fuel efficiency compared with the old one.
Price? We'd bet just under $200,000 before options...
What do you think? Like where Bentley's going with the latest Flying Spur? Wish it were more subtle? Let us know in the comments.