Used 2015 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan
Bentley Flying Spur Sedan
At nearly $200,000, the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur is an ultra-luxury sedan that is as discriminating in taste as it is a pleasure to drive.
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The Bentley Flying Spur is an ultra-luxury sedan whose very name drips of provenance while its ride, handling and appeal are firmly planted in the present. Now known simply as the Flying Spur – it dropped the "Continental" moniker with last year's revamp – this 4- or 5-passenger sedan is among the most opulent that money can buy. To do that you'll need at least $200,000, a price that makes this British full-size sedan fly significantly higher than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class but still below a Rolls-Royce Ghost. Thanks to its 8- or 12-cylinder powerplants, the Flying Spur has more than enough power to move its magnificent metal, while its standard all-wheel drive and air suspension make it confident and compelling on most any road.
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Beyond having badge appeal reserved for the world's wealthiest, the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur is an exceptional car to drive. Comfort and serenity are of course inherent to it being a Bentley, but the Flying Spur is also surprisingly dynamic and far easier to maneuver than its Mulsanne big brother.
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If the thought of spending 200 large gives you even the slightest bit of pause, know that you can get more than a shade of the Flying Spur's appeal in its mainstream luxury cousin, the Audi A8. The marvelous new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, meanwhile, brings far more technology to the table.
What's New for 2015
Only minor changes are in store for the 2015 Flying Spur, which received a full revamp last year. Updates include new wheel and exterior color choices, while the interior receives a sportier steering-wheel design and knurled-metal finish on the optional gearshift paddles.
The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur has a heavenly balance between relaxed cruising and dynamic handling. Think of it as a 5,000-plus-pound automotive chameleon dressed in the finest trappings. In most instances you'll just relish the hushed, utterly refined solitude of it all. Spur the throttle, though, and you'll quickly find that this big Bentley can dance. Whether you go with the top-line W12 engine and its dizzying 616 horsepower or the "base" twin-turbocharged V8 good for 500 horsepower, you'll be treated to 0-60-mph blasts in as little as 4.3 seconds and a top speed of up to 200 mph. Make no mistake: The Flying Spur sedan can move with the best of them. Another trait we appreciate is this Bentley's standard all-wheel-drive system. We piloted our test model on slick streets amid pouring rain, and the big sedan clung tight to the road with ultimate security.
Naim is one of Britain’s premier audio manufacturers, 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.
Nothing indulges quite like a massage. With a Bentley, you can get one even while you drive or ride. As part of the Comfort Specification package, both the front and rear seats offer massage functionality. Additionally, the seats can be heated and cooled for further comfort.
For $200,000 you'd expect an interior that's almost absurd in its opulence. And that's pretty much the case for the 2015 Flying Spur. Wood and leather are lathered throughout. Premium-grade hides in your choice of colors, veneers with names like Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus and Tamo Ash, and available lambs-wool carpet as deep as summer grass. As standard, the Flying Spur has a "4+1" seating configuration in which a person can squeeze into the middle of the rear bench. Optimal comfort is had in the 4-seat configuration, with the rear seats divided by a full-length console.
When it revamped the Flying Spur last year, Bentley clearly looked to its Mulsanne flagship sedan for inspiration. Long flowing lines that sweep back to a wide and raked rear pillar convey an image of solidity and strength. There’s a maturity in the design that shuns the need for overly ornate add-ons or embellishments. The Flying Spur is large and graceful. In front are a proud grille and four jeweled headlights, and in back is a tapered tail. The dominant – and most beautiful – profile feature are its elegantly sloped haunches over the rear wheels. A sunroof is a no-cost option.
Notable Standard Equipment
It should come as no surprise that you'll hardly feel like a pauper in even a "base" Bentley Flying Spur. Remember that $200,000 price tag? It buys you that scrumptious interior awash in leather and wood, 14-way-power front seats, multi-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlights and a turbocharged V8. On the infotainment front, the Flying Spur features an AM/FM/CD/DVD player that plays through an 8-channel/8-speaker audio system. Navigation is also included and relayed via the built-in 8-inch screen, as is the rearview camera. The Flying Spur has Bluetooth wireless connectivity and an SD card slot, but no USB connection as standard.
Notable Optional Equipment
There's no shortage of ways to make your Flying Spur fly faster or be more elegant. We've already praised the 14-speaker Naim audio system, and further enjoyment can be had via a rear-seat entertainment system with its own tablet-style remote control, wireless headphones and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Rear-seat occupants can indulge with a built-in bottle cooler for drinks and snacks. Mulliner models bring larger wheels and even finer interior details. On the tech front, this Bentley sedan offers adaptive cruise control but not blind-spot monitoring or lane-departure warning – a shame for this ultra-luxury sedan.
Under the Hood
Two engines are offered for the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur, starting with a twin-turbocharged V8 that makes an impressive 500 horsepower. The Flying Spur W12 goes even better with a 616-horsepower twin-turbocharged W12 engine. Both powerplants are mated to an exceptional 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. All Bentley Flying Spurs feature all-wheel drive, which enhances traction.
4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
500 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
486 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/high fuel economy: 14/24 mpg
6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12
616 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
590 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/20 mpg
The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur ultra-luxury sedan comes with an ultra price tag. A V8 Flying Spur has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $200,000, while the more powerful W12 model arrives at over $221,000. Options will lift these prices further, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. Fully load up a W12 Flying Spur with the Mulliner package, and you can cross the $300,000 mark. At its starting price, the 2015 Flying Spur is below a Rolls-Royce Ghost but easily higher than those of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Porsche Panamera, Lexus LS and Maserati GranTurismo. It is in line with that of the Aston Martin Rapide S. To get an idea of specific pricing for your area, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. As such a niche vehicle, precise resale values are difficult to predict for the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur.
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