KBB Editors' Overview
By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor
- Updated Date: 3/19/2014
Like a fine wine or vintage piece of art, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur sedan is that rare vehicle coveted by its owner and lusted after by those who can only dream of owning one. The newest Flying Spur gains a number of improvements to further distance it from the competition, including a handsome new silhouette, more power and an enhanced interior, plus a place all its own within the Bentley lineup. Those seeking comfort, prestige and power will find the Flying Spur delivers all three in abundance. Its twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine should be more than enough to please the most demanding enthusiast and send shivers through the showrooms of rivals such as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you know and understand what makes the finer things in life truly worth paying for, you'll have no problem shelling out the big bucks for the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur. More than just mere transportation, the Flying Spur represents the finest in engineering and art.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If Warren Buffet can be happy driving a $50,000 Cadillac and feel no shame, you too can be quite content behind the wheel of a nice BMW, Audi or Lexus, all of which cost far less than a Flying Spur.
What's New for 2014
Once part of Bentley's Continental line, the 2014 Flying Spur becomes its own model. A new exterior design, suspension, engine and interior make the newest Flying Spur sedan also the quickest, most sophisticated and most expense to date. Later in the model year, a twin-turbocharged V8 version will debut.
Because it's a sedan, the Bentley Flying Spur for 2014 must straddle the line between sports-car-like handling to satisfy the driver, and a smooth, refined ride for anyone occupying the rear seats. Bentley's calibration of the Flying Spur's suspension achieves this goal, with a slightly softer spring rate than the previous car, yet not so soft as to induce wallow or bounce. We like the way this big sedan rides, but we love the way it accelerates. Mash the accelerator to the floor and the Flying Spur's 12-cylinder engine springs into action, propelling the 5,550 pound 4-door to 60 mph in a scant 4.3 seconds. Leave your foot in place, and the Flying Spur will flirt with 200 mph. The Flying Spur's standard all-wheel-drive system splits the front/rear torque in a 40/60 rear bias allowing it to power out of sharp turns like a rear drive vehicle, but hold better to the road when the surface gets slippery.
Naim is one of Britain's premier audio manufactures and the 1,100-watt system they've designed for the Flying Spur is beyond reproach. Separately tuned twin subwoofers enhance bass throughout the sedan's cabin, while specially designed speakers that serve as both tweeter and midrange limit the number of unsightly speaker grilles.
So few luxury cars permit their owners much say in choosing colors or fabrics, but not the Flying Spur. With 12 different interior colors and 100 exterior choices, as well as varying seat sew patterns and wood trim, the Flying Spur can be perfectly tailored to suit its owner's sense of style.
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