The all new Bentley Continental Flying Spur is here. Dubbed to be the 2014 model, Bentley has finally unveild what the brand spanking new 4-door offering from Bentley looks like. We’re shocked to say the least.
What can we say? We were wrong.
Like most others, we assumed that the new Continental Flying Spur will be like the previous model, just a stretched, longer version of the Continental GT with 2 more extra doors at the back. However, with this launch, Bentley has proven us wrong. To say the least, the 4-door Continental Flying Spur looks almost nothing like the current Continental GT.
From the front, the Flying Spur sports a different bumper from the current Continental GT with wider and more pronounced vents directly more air to the engine. The side profile of the car looks to be similar to that of the Jaguar XJ series but that isn’t a bad thing. The Jaguar XJ is one of the most beautiful large sedans in production currently. The launch car also sports a different set of rims, which we’re assuming to be 20″ big from the looks of it. Hopefully this comes standard on the production cars as anything less than that would make the car look slightly awkward.
The real difference from the 2-door Continental GT however, is when you look at the Flying Spur from the rear. It looks almost like a different car entirely. The only thing being retained are the tail lamps. Sporting a flatter, squarish rear trunk and a almost 2 angle sloping rear window, the car now looks more sedan than sport-back. The vertical part of the trunk lid is almost aggressively angled at almost 90 degrees which gives the car a menacing stance from the rear.
Interior wise though, nothing much has changed from the Continental GT. Even compared with the previous model, we reckon 90% of the interior looks almost alike. That isn’t a bad thing either though, as the interior on the Bentleys has always been very functional, with a touch of class to it. From the pictures, it looks like Bentley has stuck with its proven 8-speed automatic transmission and have yet to make the move to a dual-clutch system like its rivals from Lamborghini and Aston Martin. A Bentley however was never meant to be an all-out race car, rather, the 8-speed gearbox allows the Bentley to be driven smoothly, in a civilised manner.
Although nothing technical has been released yet about the car, we’re expecting Bentley to offer the same engine variants as those offered on the Continental GT. A W12 567 HP power-plant, as well as its smaller sibling, the 500 HP V8 powerplant. If it was up to us, we’ll definitely get the V8-powered Flying Spur. After-all, they look the same, and that is all that matters to us.
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Pictures courtesy of Jalopnik.