2014 Bentley Flying Spur | road test

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2014 Bentley Flying Spur
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AEDAED 894,000
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  • Performance
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Review Summary:

The Flying Spur is all new for 2014 with a redesigned rear end and a reworked overall body shape. We got the chance to take it out for a few days and it was excellent in most areas but a letdown in others.

Pros

Ridiculous power
Exterior design
Interior materials

Cons

Overpriced
Rear end design

Bentley has been known to provide its customers with the uppermost levels of luxury and exclusivity. And this is evident to see in the way that every Bentley on the road attracts a certain amount of attention. Nothing less can be said about the new 2014 . With this model, Bentley has removed the word “Continental” from the beginning of the name creating a whole new model.

The Flying Spur is all new for 2014 with a redesigned rear end and a reworked overall body shape. We got the chance to take it out for a few days and it was excellent in most areas but a letdown in others.

Exterior

The new Flying Spur is a real treat to the eyes from the very first glance. The front end looks absolutely gorgeous with the classic Bentley grille. On this model Bentley have switched up the light arrangement; where they usually have the smaller light on the outside just like on the Continental GT and the Mulsanne, on the Flying Spur they tucked the smaller light inside next to the grille which differentiates it from the 2 door model. There is a body crease that goes all around the car which makes the car look amazing except for when it comes to the rear lights; they are too rectangular and make the car look crammed in the back.

2014 Bentley Flying Spur exterior collage

Interior

Bentleys’ can be customized to the customer’s requirements, which means that there are no “top of the line” and “base” models. The test car that I had sported ridiculous amounts of high end leather all around the cabin. The hand stitching was perfect and complimented the leather to perfection.

The entertainment system was a bit of a letdown. When the volume was turned up to around half, the bass started to crackle and it was clear to hear parts in the car vibrating – which says something about how tightly the car is put together. Another thing I noticed was that the bass was concentrated to the back of the car which gave off somewhat of an unfitting aftermarket feel.

The rear passengers enjoyed control over every single aspect of the car via the detachable device in the centre console. They could monitor speed, temperature and time, amongst many other numbers. Rear passengers could also control the GPS system and the A/C temperature of the front and rear of the car.

2014 Bentley Flying Spur interior collage

Comfort and practicality

Comfort was clearly the Flying Spur’s area of specialty. The excellently soft leather seats were fitted with a massage feature aswell. Along with the extra legroom in the back, the Flying Spur was perfect as a passenger oriented car on long drives. The comfort factor also extended to the driver of the car with a massage seat of top notch quality, as was expected of the English manufacturer. The feeling of comfort was made even better by the adjustable suspension which could be stiffened or softened and the car could be lowered or raised for those who want to take it a step further. I personally loved the soft setting of the suspension on the Flying Spur because it reduced the feeling of floating above the road while still remaining comfortable.

The Flying Spur’s practicality could be argued. It can move people from point A to B with ease and in extreme comfort, but is it really the car that you would want to go on airport runs with? Keeping in mind that boot space has been hindered due to the two low hanging sub-woofer housings.

2014 Bentley Flying Spur Front

Safety

Being an ultra-luxury sedan, the Flying Spur was equipped with the latest airbag systems and tensioning seat belts. However, the most noticeable safety feature on the Bentley was the traction control. The system on this car was like nothing I had tested before. While driving the Bentley on the rainy roads of the UAE, the system worked effortlessly to keep the car from slipping. I had absolutely no idea the system was even working  until I saw the traction light blinking on the dashboard!

Fuel efficiency

When someone buys a car like this, I am sure the cost of fuel would be the least of their worries. Nevertheless, the Flying Spur’s 6.0 litre engine was rather thirsty. Consumption on the highway averaged out at 12L/100 Km and in the city it hovered around the 22 L/100 Km mark. The 90 litre fuel tank helped as it was able to hold more fuel to keep the car running for longer before having to pull into the never ending petrol station queues.

Performance

The Flying Spur was powered by a fire-breathing 6.0 liter twin-turbo W12 engine that sent 616 horsepower through an 8-speed automatic gearbox to an all-wheel drive system that split the power 40% to the front wheels and 60% to the rear wheels. The torque figure on the Flying Spur was an insane 800 Nm at as low as 1700 rpm. Such a setup allowed the mammoth sized 2.5 ton car to accelerate from 0-100 in 4.6 seconds. I took the Bentley to an abandoned and empty road in RAK where I brought it up to a speed of 140 Km/h then floored the loud pedal. In a very short period of time the speedometer read 280 Km/h! The amazing thing was that though there was wind noise, I had no idea I was going that fast.

2014 Bentley Flying Spur

Handling

I took the Flying Spur to the new Jabal Jais road in RAK which was 35 kilometres of tarmac with ample twists and turns. To give you an idea about how twisted and curvy this road was, let’s just say, I counted 8 hair-pin turns. This was when I lowered the car, stiffened the suspension and tore down that street. The Flying Spur handled perfectly on every corner that was taken and the huge 6-piston brakes along with the almost instant down-shifts made the drive even more fun descending the mountain.

Verdict and cost

The Bentley Flying Spur that I tested bears a starting price of AED 894,000. I was disheartened to discover the touch screen on the Flying Spur utilized the same interface found on the Volkswagen Golf and Passat. I believe that all parts in a Bentley should be exclusive to Bentleys in order to maintain its integrity as a luxury car brand.

What was interesting is that you can get an Audi A8 W12 for AED 360,000 less than the Flying Spur, and when it comes down to it, they are similar cars. But the Flying Spur provides something different, it provides you with the royalty of a Bentley especially when you are driving down the street and cameras and eyes are pointed at you. But is that worth AED 894,000? I think not.

2014 Bentley Flying Spur Rear

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