The Flying Spur will initially be available with a reworked version of the brand's 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 motor that's good for 635hp and 900Nm of torque. Torque, however, makes a substantial jump from 605 to 664 pound-feet. The exterior design is bolder and more muscular than before, and features cut-crystal effect LED matrix headlights as well as a newly-designed deployable "Flying B" bonnet mascot.
The dynamic mode also affects the performance of the new all-wheel steering system, a first for Bentley.
A prominent crease emphasizes the shoulders and haunches. There will be, after all, 15 interior leather colors to choose from, but only a choice of three wheel designs, with 21-inch wheels standard and two Mulliner 22-inch wheel designs as options. And it is electrically retractable and the logo's wings are illuminated as well. A 12.3-inch screen on the instrument panel handles infotainment needs and performs several tricks, one of which is a proximity sensor that primes the system for commands as a hand draws near. Those wanting what Bentley calls a "digital detox" can select a third side, which is simply finished in plain veneer matching the rest of the cabin. New vents sit alongside modern features like wireless phone charging and USB ports.
A new pattern of fluted leather seating comes standard, with diamond-quilted and three-dimensional diamond quilted leather door inserts available on the options sheet.
Customers can also opt for a panoramic sunroof that runs the full length of the roof. Alcantara blinds shield passengers from a harsh sun, interior mood lighting in seven colors shields eyes from the mundane end of the light spectrum. Driver Assistance Systems include traffic assistance, city assistance, and blind spot warnings. Top of the range is a monster 2,200-watt Naim for Bentley system with 19 speakers and active bass transducers built into the front seats.
The engine is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that promises to deliver smooth and refined acceleration, quicker gearshifts and improved fuel economy. The 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) sprint now takes 3.8 seconds, which is more than half a second quicker than the old model and a pretty impressive figure for a luxury vehicle this size. Top speed, meanwhile, is listed as 333 km/h. The three-chamber air springs-similar to those fitted to the Continental GTs-have 60 percent more capacity, allowing for finer degrees of adjustment, and the 48-voly anti-roll system uses electric motors to twist the rollbars against the cornering loads keeping the auto flat through turns. When you're parking, for example, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front ones to reduce your turning circle and simulate the handling of a shorter wheelbase machine.
In India, Bentley now sells the Bentayga, the Mulsanne in standard and long-wheelbase forms, and the new Continental GT. Brake-based torque vectoring manages transverse power.
Instead of the permanent AWD in the previous Spur model, the drivetrain is now predominantly RWD, but capable of smoothly adding power to the front axle when the conditions or driver inputs start making the rear wheels slip.