2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

What happens to a Continental GT with the addition of two doors more? It becomes the  Continental Flying Spur, of course! This is clever usage of a proven platform to extend the range and seems to have gotten it right.

Visually they’re both similar cars. From the windscreen forward and under the skin you’ll find the same 560bhp, 6.0-litre W12, twin turbo engine, the same suspension, gearbox and brakes. Boasting all-wheel-drive, power is transmitted to all wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The big difference between the cars is the extra half metre in length added to the Flying Spur, its four doors, the inclusion of B-pillars and a decent sized boot. This has allowed Bentley to turn the Continental concept into a spacious sedan where four adults can lounge around with space to spare in every direction. But then it is what is on the outside to be able to see, touch and feel is what catches the attention at first sight. On this count, the Flying Spur connects with the well-heeled offering a limousine which can be owner-driven as well.

Offering consummate luxury with top class materials used inside and technology which is unobtrusive yet effective, the Flying Spur is the quintessential modern 21st century large luxury sedan offering snob value aplenty allied to a driving experience with dual personalities. It can either waft around statuesquely or display its young at heart character with equal aplomb.

One notable aspect of the 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur is its grille. Made to look like traditional chromed brass mesh, it is actually made of plastic. The plastic grille was fitted as a safety feature; it is designed to break apart upon impact with a pedestrian.

Undoubtedly, it is the most practical and comfortable Bentley – and you’d expect no less comparing a saloon to a coupe.

Technical Specifications
Engine6.0-litre W12
Power560bhp
Torque649Nm
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 950.000 onwards*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

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