2020 Bentley Flying Spur First Look
- First full redesign since 2005
- Longer wheelbase, all-new sheet metal
- 48-volt active anti-roll bars
- New 4-wheel steering
- 626-hp twin-turbo 6.0L W-12 with AWD
- 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 207-mph top speed
- Estimated price above $200,000
- In dealerships in early 2020
With the debut not long ago of an all-new Bentley Continental GT, the arrival of a redesigned Flying Spur—its 4-door sibling—has been highly anticipated, and the new third-generation 2020 model has now been unveiled. The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur undergoes the model’s most thorough redesign ever, with a new platform, new styling, a new interior, and heavily revised mechanicals.
New sheet metal draped on a new platform
The new Flying Spur shares its architecture with the Continental GT, as it has in the past, as well as the Porsche Panamera. As with its coupe/convertible sibling, the big change design-wise is a much longer wheelbase that sees the front overhang trimmed dramatically. The result is better proportions accentuated by more handsomely sculpted sheet metal. The wheelbase has grown by 5.1 inches while the overall length is just 0.2-inch longer, at 212.8 inches. Height is unchanged and the new Spur is a half-inch slimmer in width.
One item that is considerably larger is the grille, which now houses a band of vertical slats—an homage to the 1957 S1 Continental. Atop the grille sits a modernized flying-B hood ornament that is retractable and also lights up. At either side of the grille are new standard matrix-LED headlamps that can avoid dazzling oncoming vehicles even with the high-beams engaged. The wheels are 21 inches as standard, while two different Mulliner-spec 22-inch designs are optional. Peeking through them are black brake calipers (or red as an option), and the front brake rotors are 16.5 inches in diameter.
A new, more luxurious Flying Spur interior
Much of the interior design is lifted from the 2020 Continental GT, including the digital instrument cluster and an available 3-position Bentley Rotating Display, which can show either the 12.3” center touchscreen, a trio of analog gauges, or a continuation of the dashboard trim. Leather in a choice of 15 hues can be had with quilted stitch patterns. Wood veneers (in multiple strains) and knurled-metal finishes also feature prominently, and bronze trim is newly available. Overhead, a new panoramic glass roof extends from the windshield all the way back to the rear window. Its front section opens, and power-operated Alcantara sunshades are included.
The rear seat offers more generous accommodations than before (Bentley claims the extra inches in the wheelbase have entirely benefitted rear-seat legroom). Back-seat passengers also get a remote with its own touchscreen to operate various functions. The available audio systems top out with a 19-speaker, 2200-watt unit by Naim.
Powering the Flying Spur: a 6.0L W12 engine
Under the substantial hood is a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12, an engine configuration that has powered the Spur since the beginning. The latest version of this 12-cylinder engine uses both port and direct fuel injection, and spins out 626 horsepower (the same as the previous S model) and 664 lb-ft of torque. In place of the previous 8-speed torque-converter automatic is a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic, shared with the new Continental GT, which is said to offer quicker shifting while still preserving low-speed smoothness. The standard all-wheel drive system now defaults to a fully rear-biased torque delivery for a more sporting driving characteristic. The system can send up to 354 lb-ft to the front axle (207 lb-ft in Sport mode) if needed and also can vary torque distribution across the front and rear axles. The factory-stated zero-to-60-mph acceleration is 3.7 seconds, while top speed increases to 207 mph.
The outgoing Spur also offered a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. That engine has recently been announced for the new Continental GT, and we’d expect the V8 to find its way into the new Flying Spur eventually as well.
48-volt active anti-roll bars and 4-wheel steering
As before, the Spur rides on a suspension of air springs with adaptive damping, but the 3-chamber air springs have been redesigned and now boast a greater range of adjustability from softer to firmer. Moreover, a new, separate, 48-volt electrical system powers active anti-roll bars to counteract body lean in corners, a system first seen on the Bentayga SUV and also fitted to the latest Continental GT. The new architecture also includes 4-wheel steering for the first time. In low-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the fronts to tighten the turning circle. At highways speeds, the rear wheels turn in phase with the front for greater agility.
What will the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur cost?
Deliveries of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur are expected in early 2020, with buyers invited to spec their dream Bentley starting this fall. Pricing has not been released but the current Spur starts right around $200k, and we wouldn’t expect the new version to be any less.